October Launch Report (11/5/1998)
The October MASA launch was held on Saturday, October 24 at the
Blaine sod farm site. Club members started arriving as
early as 8:30 am to set up the launch range. All-in-all,
the rocket gods smiled at us by yielding up a wonderful fall
day. The sky was clear all day with temperatures in the
60's. 5 to 10 mph winds decreased to nearly nothing by
mid-afternoon. The wonderful fall weather and great turn-out
of people contributed to a MASA record-breaking number of flights -
190 ! Motors from 1/2A to H blasted-off for hours with
the launch activity finally stopping around 3:30 in the
afternoon. (A complete list of all the day's flights is
available - click here.)
In keeping with MASA traditions, Mike Martens started out the day
with his Stomp Rocket on an A8-3. (BOINK!) No to be
outdone, Alan Estenson flew his modified Graduator from the first
rack of the day on an H128. Nothing like some smoke and noise
to begin a great day of flying! Kerry Hodges dug out two
20-year-old rockets, a Der Red Max and an Odyssey, and both had
great flights on C6-5's. Mike Martens was also showing-off his
modified, stretched, D-powered Big Bertha for some nice flights.
One noteworthy flight was Mike Kutzke's Saturn V complete with
special launch pad and scale launch tower. Mike notes that
this model won him a purple ribbon in 4-H at the 1984 Minnesota
State Fair, but this was to be its first launch! Fortunately,
it was a perfect flight on a D12-3.
Early in the day, Russ Durkee put up his Thoy Condor on a G75 for
a nice, smoky launch. Sean Booher launched an unpainted
AMRAAM on a cluster of two D12-5's, but it suffered some damage on
landing. Colin Hart was less fortunate; his four D12-5 engine
Patriot suffered partial ignition resulting in some big loops and
CRUNCH! Luck was not with Jackson Thatcher
either for his attempted launch of a Maxi-Force on three E30's or
with John H.'s Patriot (lawn dart) on two D12-5's. Chris
Kvidera once again launched his modified Initiator on a G64-7
carrying a 35mm camera. Larry Booher decided to stress test an
Aura and put in two spectacular flights, first on a G33 and then on
a G64! Amazingly, this little rocket came back twice!
Michael Maurer won the long-distance category by driving down
from Wahpeton, ND for the launch. He successfully certified
level 1 with a great flight of his stretched Forte on an H128.
Art "King of Staging" Gibbens launched his two-stager
made from a K&S tube. Art later launched the "Kinda
Big Bertha", a 2-stager on a D12-0 to a D12-7.
Alan Estenson managed a great maiden flight of his 200% upscale
Der BIG Red Max on a G75. Unfortunately, the next launch off
the rack was not so successful. Mark Thell attempted to launch
his beautiful Mercury Atlas on an E30, but the casing blew just as
the rocket left the pad. Mark's Atlas suffered mortal wounds
and became a bit melty. (Condolences)
In the weird names category: Alan Estenson had a successful
CHAD-staged flight, D12-0 to C6-3, with his rocket "What Was I
Thinking?" Art Gibbens put in an incredible flight with
the maiden launch of "Really Fast Balloon" on a D12-7.
Another MASA record was set as Jacob, a visitor to the launch,
successfully launched and retrieved a Mosquito 10 TIMES! Wow!
The days' totals are: 190 flights, 208 motors, total
impulse of 4700 Newton-seconds (L motor equivalent!).
The motor breakdown is: 1 1/4A, 13 1/2A, 14 A, 27 B, 78 C,
39 D, 10 E, 10 F, 14 G, and 2 H's.
A complete list of all the day's flights is available
online. (click here)
Please feel free to email corrections, additions, or details of
other noteworthy flights to the author.