A Chinese legend
tells of Wan Hoo* as the first person who tried to fly using rocket
s. His vessel was a wicker chair
mounted on 47 large rockets pointing upwards.
Wan Hoo had 47 helper
s, one for each rocket, armed with torches, so that the rockets would ignite
at the same time.
According to the legend, there was a tremendous roar
as soon as the rockets ignited, while lots of smoke
piled out from them. When the smoke had cleared and the roar was gone, Wan Hoo had disappeared.
His helpers believed that he reached his destination, since he was gone, and was never found again. On the other hand, the lack of control
Wan Hoo had over his vessel
made it impossible to steer, unless he was an expert of shifting his weight to keep it straight. Since the rockets were mounted on the bottom of the chair, the vessel was extremely unstable
, so I believe (and I’m sure many others do as well) that he left ground, then went out of control, and crash-landed some distance
There seems to be some confusion around this guy's name. Other names I've heard: Wan Ho, Wann Lo, and Wan Loo.