Windy, But Still A Blast! (4/25/1998)
Saturday morning's weather looked pretty grim but the rain never
materialized and about 25 rocketeers and visitors launched rockets
until the late afternoon. Other than the stiff breeze, the day
was beautiful and several memorable flights took place.
Rockets with streamer recovery were the choice in the morning.
Mike Martens made the first attempt at attaching a streamer to
the motors ejected from his stomp rocket. Unfortunately the
motor exhaust burned through the nylon cord connected to the base of
the motor, but he seemed to be on the right track. I hope that
he develops a reliable method of doing this so we can have a mass
stomp rocket launch sometime in the near future!
Mark Thell had a bit of bad luck with an F20 Econojet. The
forward bulkhead let loose about 30 ft off the pad and incinerated
his Aerotech Tomahawk. The rocket was a total loss, but at
least Mike Martens was on the job and got the whole thing on video.
The highest flight of the day was on a small fiberglass and
phenolic rocket on an E28. [Impulse Aerospace
"Check Six" flown by Larry Schwartz. Alan]
This rocket probably topped off at about 2500 ft! It was one
of those whiplash kind of flights. It was recovered minus the
24 mm reload hardware. Luckily, it was recovered later
in the day by another rocketeer. The owner of this reload can
pick it up at our next launch or meeting. (Sorry, I forgot
your name, but I never forget a face!) Chris Kvidera almost
suffered the same fate with his LOC Aura. Fortunately for him,
the reload landed within a foot of the model! Remember
.... tape, Kaplow Klips, and other forms of positive motor retention
Alan Estenson flew a very nice mini-Der Big Red Max. Hmmm.
Last time, he had a nice full size Der Big Red Max. I bet we can
expect a 2.6" Big Der Big Red Max later in the summer.
Alan also had a few 4-H-ers at the launch and helped them launch
several rockets throughout the day. [Actually, it's a 3.1" Der
BIG Red Max. Alan]
Earlier in the day Russ Durkee launched his THOY Condor on a G80
proving the field was big enough even on windy days. The
rocket drifted about a half a mile away to the western edge of the
Several new younger fliers were also present to enjoy the day and
fly some of their rockets as well. It was great to see some
new faces at this launch!