First American rocket plane
February 23rd 1936.
The first US rocket mail flight is made in Greenwood Lake, New York. The rocket, dubbed the “Gloria,” is eleven feet long with a fifteen foot wing span, and it is fueled by alcohol and liquid oxygen. It carries 4,323 letters and 1,826 postcards, each of which carried special rocket stamps in addition to regular postage stamps. The rocket was built by Willey Ley, Louis Goodman, and Hugh Franklin Pierce and sponsored by Frido W. Kessler.