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Ignition!

John D. Clark. IGNITION! An informal history of liquid rocket propellants. Rutgers University, USA 1972.

This is rocket science. Cult book among rocket geeks or the aspiring 'rocketeer.' Includes amusing stories e.g. an attempt to use skunk oil as a fuel. Talk about stinks and bangs! 232 pages with illustrations. A very rare book much wanted by rocket enthusiasts and never reprinted... Clark is /was a great enthusiast in the line of Britain's sky man Patrick Moore. He has some useful cautionary tales e.g. he describes Red Fuming Nitric Acid (RFNA), a powerful oxidizer, as a substance that "attacks flesh with the avidity of a school of piranha." It can now be read online in a good version at Science Madness (3.5 MB)

Actual copies sometimes surface but tend to command several hundred dollars (sky high prices) but the pdf version is now very good.

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