Canso FNJE gets a JATO!by Doug Roy on 02/22/11
What's a JATO?
1943 May 1 - . Launch Vehicle: JATO.
- JATO tests. - . Nation: USA. Summary: A PBY Catalina (same as a Canso), fitted with two liquid-propellant JATO rockets developed at Annapolis, took off with 20 percent reduction in run. Liquid-propellant JATO was abandoned by Navy in 1944.
I remember the first write up in the Edmonton Journal about the retrieval mission. I just found out a few months ago about the website. I check it every week now. I have something of interest for you guys, I live at Cooking Lake, south east of Edmonton. one day while snowmobiling on the lake I found two spent jato's. One of them still had the charge in it. The military took that one but I still have the other one. I showed it to an ex military pilot that flew canso's. He said they were off a canso. He himself did a jato take off. he said it was the scariest take off ever. Hopefully this summer I'll make a trip to Fairview and drop it off, that is if you would like to have it. cheers Tom
Of course, I said YES, we would really like to have the Jato for our yet to be established Air Museum.
We look forward to meeting Tom next summer and giving him a tour of the project..
Check out the photos that Tom sent on the front page.