September Launch Report (10/10/1998)
The September 26th launch day began with rain and a cloud deck of
about 500 feet. The MASA optimist club wandered out to
the field hoping that it would clear eventually. About five
MASA members arrived by 9am and we set up a small compliment of pads
and proceeded to launch a few of our smaller, low flying
rockets. That's when it happened....the boy scouts arrived.
We knew they were planning to launch with us, but we really did not
think they were crazy enough to show up on a day like this.
But we learned a valuable lesson, when boy scouts say they will do
something...by gum they do! (Rocketeer's honor!)
By 10 am, ten more cars had arrived with about 20 kids and
their parents. The MASA members quickly set up more pads and
helped the scouts prep their rockets. I have to say they were
very prepared for the launch and the vast majority of the flights
were successful. By noon nearly 100 rockets were flown.
A special thanks goes out to everyone who sacrificed flying time to
introduce the hobby to a good bunch of kids. I am sure some of them
will be back to fly with us again soon.