rocketeer n.

a person who experiments with, pilots, or travels in a rocket

  • 1928 Waterloo (Iowa) Evening Courier 6 Mar. 2/6

    Rocketeer to drop off on Venus when he torpedoes by.

  • 1932 ‘J. Bertin’ Brood of Helios in Wonder Stories June 74/2 page image Jack Bertin bibliography

    Within, arranged in numerous tiers, were tiny packages. ‘Chewing gum!’ said Deneen in surprise, as the neatly-wrapped packages bent in his fingers. Ruth laughed as she tore the covering. ‘Paper, Alan—paper!’ Then—‘shall I taste?’ ‘No…. Don’t take a chance. Well—we know one thing. The rocketeers chew gum.’

  • 1935 B. Herbert Perfect World in Wonder Stories Oct. 522/1 page image Benson Herbert bibliography

    On the desk there was a copy of The Weekly Rocketeer, yesterday’s issue. It was a trade magazine, cost one and a half marks, and was full of advertisements for soarers, metal hulls, rocket-tubes, external-combustion engines, fuel mixtures, and so on.

  • 1941 C. B. Kruse Planet Leave in Cosmic Stories Mar. 78/1 page image Clifton B. Kruse bibliography

    He wore the woven bronze-mesh uniform of a commercial rocketeer service.

  • 1948 F. Brown What Mad Universe in Startling Stories Sept. 14/1 page image Fredric Brown bibliography

    Well, fellow space-pilots, tonight—the night I’m writing this, not the night you’re reading it—is the big night, the big night, and the ole Rocketeer was out there to see it. And see it he did, that flash of light on the dark of the moon that marked the landing of the first successful missile launched through space by man.

  • 1950 K. Bennett Rocketeers Have Shaggy Ears in Planet Stories Spring 4/1 Keith Bennett bibliography

    Suddenly Commander Devlin grinned, and pulled a brandy bottle from his pocket, uncorking it as he spoke: ‘Well, Rocketeers, a short life and a merry one. I never did give a damn for riding in these tin cans.’

  • 1950 W. Sheldon Music of Spheres in Startling Stories July 115/2 page image Walt Sheldon bibliography

    Mr. Optimum Stability, himself—at least that was what they told me after an I.B.M. machine picked me from my psychograph out of all the other rocketeers and jetmen in the World Air Force.

  • 1951 ‘W. Tenn’ Venus Is Man's World in Galaxy Science Fiction July 4/1 page image William Tenn bibliography

    Of course, every once in a while I would run across a big scene of stars in the void set in the wall; but they were only pictures. Nothing that gave the feel of great empty space like I'd read about in The Boy Rocketeers, no portholes, no visiplates, nothing.

  • 1953 ‘M. Leinster’ The Journey in Star Science Fiction Stories 181 Murray Leinster bibliography

    Joe woke, weightless, gasping in terror. It was that nightmare sensation of unending fall—the sensation the very first rocketeers had when they essayed to ‘coast’ to the moon on their own momentum.

  • 1962 P. Anderson Third Stage in Amazing Stories Feb. 20/2 page image Poul Anderson bibliography

    Swanberg was a big, good-looking, outdoors type; and not just any slob rocketeer, but a co-inventor of the rad screen.

  • 1981 G. R. R. Martin Books in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Dec. 31/1 page image George R. R. Martin

    Combining the color and verve and unconscious power of the best of traditional SF with the literary concerns of the New Wave. Mating the poet with the rocketeer, Bridging the two cultures.

  • 1993 J. Pournelle & S. M. Stirling Prince of Sparta 219 S. M. Stirling Jerry Pournelle bibliography

    Finally, two Helot rocketeers came up.

  • 2015 I. McDonald Luna: New Moon viii. 279 page image Ian McDonald bibliography

    His colleagues among the Vorontsovs have never confirmed nor denied the legend that Valery Mikhailovitch Vorontsov, the old rocketeer of Baikonur, has, over decades of free-fall aboard his cycler Saints Peter and Paul, become something strange and inhuman.

Research requirements

antedating 1928

Research History
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from Walt Sheldon's "Music of the Spheres".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from Fredric Brown's "What Mad Universe".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from Murray Leinster's "The Journey".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from William Morrison's "Free Land".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1935 cite from Benson Herbert's "The Perfect World".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1950 cite from Forrest J. Ackerman in Other Worlds Science Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from Oliver Saari's "The Space Man".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from William Tenn's "Venus is a Man's World".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1951 reprint of Keith Bennett's "The Rocketeers Have Shaggy Ears"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1950 original.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2015 cite from Ian McDonald.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from Jack Bertin's "Brood of Helios".

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