Napier Rocket Products – Introduction
D Napier & Son were involved in the production and testing of a variety of Rocket Motors and Ram Jet technologies. This work was undertaken at the Napier Flight Development Establishment in Luton.
A 100lb thrust mono-propellant rocket was first fired in June 1949. The following year Napier won a contract with the National Gas Turbine Establishment (N.G.T.E.) of the Ministry of Supply to develop and produce a variety of rocket motors which were used in a number of different applications. They also produced a series of experimental RamjetsRamjets.
Napiers most famous rocket product was probably the Napier Scorpion rocket motor which was initially developed but not deployed as a booster unit for the English Electric Lightning. It was successfully fitted in the EE Canbera WK163 which broke the World Altitude record for an aircraft in 1957.
The links below describe the various rocket products manufactured by the Company.