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November Launch Report (1/9/1999)

The final MASA launch for 1998 was held on Saturday, November 21 at the Blaine sod farm site.  The weather was fairly cold and windy.  However, a number of hardy rocketeers braved the elemets to rack up a total of 72 flights on motors from A through H.

Russ Durkee launched his Radio Controlled 'Cuda sailplane on a D7 reload.  He showed us a nice flight in spite of the wind and a bumpy landing.

It was one of the strangest-looking creations ever to rise above the sod...
Russ Durkee and Mark Thell collaborated to create a Mutant Bertha.  They each built two Big Bertha kits, but only attached one fin to each.  At the field, ample quantities of CA glue served to attach all four tubes side-by-side.  Streamers were loaded in 2 tubes and parachutes in the other 2.  Two C6-3 and two C6-5 motors were inserted.  After extensive preparation, the monster was placed on a pad.  The flight was certainly ... interesting ... but successful as all 4 motors ignited.   Post-launch-fun included untangling four recovery systems.  Perhaps the MASA leadership needs better-ventilated work areas, although they blame  the whole thing on a certain hobby shop which had Berthas on sale.

Larry Schwartz turned in two amazing flights of his new 2-stage Fat Boy, built along the lines of the article in Sport Rocketry magazine.  The first stage was powered by a cluster of 4 C6 motors, with a single D12 in the upper stage.  Although the first stage suffered some problems with its recovery parachutes, both flights were very impressive.

Ted Cochran launched his LOC IV on an H128 for a nice flight.  His Olsen altimeter reported 1332 feet.  Unfortunately, the rocket suffered some damage on landing as it was dragged by the wind across a frozen field.

Carl Persson's scratch-built rocket was completely destroyed by a D12-5 CATO.

Russ Durkee demostrated marginal stability when he launched a V2 on a C6-5.

Christopher Kvidera launched his modified Initiator on a G35 to successfully take a roll of film with the onboard APS camera.  (Unfortunately, the pictures were blurred due to entangled parachutes.)

Jackson Thatcher braved the winds by launching an Initiator on a G80.  It was a great flight, but a long walk.  Ted Cochran had another long walk when he launched a Silver Comet on an F32.  Kent Peterson also had the dubious honor of being the first person to land a rocket on the other side of Hwy 14 after he launched his Initiator on an F25.

Damian Kostron launched his R/C Shuttle Prototype on a D11-P.  However, the model went unstable on boost when the receiver NiCd pack came loose.  Fortunately, the model was not damaged.

Alan Estenson put in the other H flight of the day launching his upscale Der BIG Red Max on an H180.  Unfortunately, a stuck parachute resulted in a core sample, but the damage is repairable.

The days' totals are:  72 flights, 84 motors, total impulse of 1600 Newton-seconds (K motor equivalent).

The motor breakdown is:  14 A, 7 B, 38 C, 15 D, 3 E, 3 F, 2 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.
(Alan Estenson)

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