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MASA Picnic and Launch on July 16, 2005

All photos by Alan Estenson (save where otherwise noted)

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Glorious Leader Mike Erpelding
(and Andy Heren)

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Todd Carpenter's Estes Sidewinder on a C6-5. (after momentary rod-lock)

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Carpenter pad prep

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Fat Boy

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Stuart Lenz can fit an entire itsy-bitsy fleet in one tote

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Jim Myers' "Alpha Maxi" on a D12-5

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A great gaggle of door prizes

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Young Myers-es

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Jim Myers' 2-stage Deuce Booster fires two C's on the pad.

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Mike instructs the Boe Boys in the proper assembly of an 18mm RMS D13 reload...

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Caleb Boe's Estes Venus Probe on a D13 reload.
Classic case of blow-by that lit the ejection charge right after motor ignition.
Note cloud of cellulose wadding between about
 6 and 10 feet off the ground.  Parachute is
 being dragged behind the booster.
Lander is not visible having been punched out-of-frame by the ejection charge.
(Um, Mike? About that assembly technique? <grin>)

 

 

Alpha prep ala Gibbens

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Mark Thell's X-15 on a C6-3

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Mark Thell and his Estes Aerospace Club Viper - autographed by Vern Estes!

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Ted Cochran's Estes Silver Comet on its 2,369th flight.  (or something like that)

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"It's too hot to fly rockets.  Lets just talk to Ed."

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Baby Bertha (now with yellow duckies)

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"...and I borrowed this knob from the reactor control panel..."

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Mark Thell's MPC Martian Patrol on a B6-4

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Tyler Ericksen and Carol Marple prep a Fat Boy

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Fat Boy drag race!

A pastel Fat Boy!

Ready to go...

Jeff Taylor has first motion, but Carol Marple is but a split-second behind...

...and they're off!

Alyssa Taylor is fashionably late...

...but launches in style!

<ahem>  Todd Carpenter's refuses to participate...

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