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February 1999 Launch Report (3/2/1999)

The first MASA launch of 1999 was held on Saturday, February 27 at the "summer" launch site in Blaine.  Although the temperature was only in the mid 30's with a wind from 5 to 10 mph, quite a few people ventured out to launch rockets.   MASA members new and old were in attendance along with many new faces and excited young rocketeers.  Somehow, the ground managed to be muddy, hard, wet, and icy all at the same time.  However, muddy rockets and actual "splashdowns" did not dampen our spirits.

Highlights:
Russ Durkee flew his 'Cuda R/C boost glider twice - first on a D7 and then on an E7.   Unfortunately, the second flight suffered from control problems and a hard landing broke off half of the glider's v-tail.  I'm sure that we'll see it return to flight (hopefully during better flying weather).

Mike Casmey came out for his first MASA launch and brought a very nice PML AMRAAM 2.   Mike launched it first on an F40-4 and then on a G64-7 for the only G motor flight of the day.

Damian Kostron launched a vintage Centuri Little Joe II twice on D12-3 motors for some nice flights.

Larry Schwartz brought out his 2-stage Fat Boy again.  However, only 3 of 4 motors ignited in the booster resulting in a cruise missile imitation and damage to both stages.

Mark Thell launched his ("I lost my hair over this rocket") Impulse on two D12-5's for a nice flight but a cracked fin on landing.

Kent Peterson launched his Initiator on a F50-6 and then his lil' Nuke on an E15-4.   The lil' Nuke chuffed on the pad and ejected early, but we all know that "lil' Nuke's are darn near bulletproof".

The days' totals are:  62 flights, 68 motors, total impulse of 936 Newton-seconds (J motor equivalent).

Type

# Burned

1/4A

0

1/2A

0

A

13

B

12

C

25

D

10

E

3

F

3

G

1

H

0

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.  The next MASA launch is scheduled for March 20 (one week earlier than normal).
(Alan Estenson)

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