Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles
Appendix 4: Undesignated Vehicles
Copyright © 2003 Andreas Parsch

Cook Skokie

The Cook Skokie I and Skokie II research vehicles were used by the U.S. Air Force to test high-speed parachute recovery systems during the mid-1950s.

Photo: via Ordway/Wakeford Photo: USAF
Skokie ISkokie II

The unpowered Skokie I was released at about 10 km (6 miles) altitude from a B-29 carrier aircraft. After release, the test parachute was deployed from the tail, and during the following five-second drop, the Skokie's instruments recorded data to determine the rate of descent and the parachute's drag force. The parachute was also monitored by a high-speed camera. After the test parachute was released, the vehicle fell free until it was recovered by its two-stage main parachute system. It landed nose down on a spike to prevent major damage to the vehicle. The Skokie I could test parachute systems at speeds in the high-subsonic region. The Skokie II, which was of completely different external configuration, followed a similar procedure, but was powered by three solid-propellant rocket motors for speeds of almost Mach 2.


Note: Data given by several sources show slight variations. Figures given below may therefore be inaccurate!

Data for Skokie:

 Skokie ISkokie II
Length7.6 m (25 ft)9.8 m (32 ft)
Diameter51 cm (20 in)?
Weight1100 kg (2400 lb)1360 kg (3000 lb) empty
Speed< Mach 1< Mach 2
Propulsionnone3x solid-fueled rocket; 49 kN (11000 lb) each

Main Sources

[1] Frederick I. Ordway III, Ronald C. Wakeford: "International Missile and Spacecraft Guide", McGraw-Hill, 1960
[2] Norman J. Bowman: "The Handbook of Rockets and Guided Missiles", Perastadion Press, 1963

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Last Updated: 21 October 2003