On Saturday, February 25th, MASA held its second launch of
2012. It was held at Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear
Lake. The day started out cool and cloudy with a few snow
flakes falling. By about 11am, we had blue skies, sunshine,
and just a hint of a breeze out of the west. There was maybe
an inch of snow on the field.
A total of 88 rockets were flown on motors
ranging from A to E.
Neal Higgins writes:
Oh the weather outside looked frightful but soon it turned
When I headed out for the field I wasn't too sure if we would
be launching. The flurries kept getting heavier the
farther east I got but were over with by the time I reached the
field. Stuart and Chris were already there and waiting
when I pulled up. Alan pulled up shortly after and we began the
range setup. Shortly after we started launching the weather
decided to cooperate. The sun came out, the temps started rising
and the winds stayed very light.
We had some potential new members there to fly and observe. I
didn't have the FITI rockets aIong so I gave 1 father & son a
modified Supershot (from my stash) and a C11-3 motor to fly it
on. He was a happy kid when he got to fly it and then take it
home. They lived a block away and had just come to observe.
Thank you Ian and Ross for giving up your Baby Bertha and
motors for Jamison to fly. I am thinking Jamison and his dad
might just become members. Ian, at the next launch stop by
the trailer and I will get you a FITI rocket to replace your
Baby Bertha. The other potential member had shown up
prepared to fly and to see what MASA was all about. He managed
close to a dozen flights and when I got home he had already sent
in his application via paypal.
I managed 13 flights on the day including my Red Baron glider
on a C6-0 and the Der Red Max on a D21-7. Both were great
flights. The other 11 flights were also great and I only managed
1 roof landing. Thanks Stuart for the use of your pole.
Chuck Ross writes:
It was indeed a beautiful day to fly...me & the lil' guy
tend to be conservative when it comes to motors/altitude, (read:
*ME*) but Saturday was an awesome day to launch rockets. We
stuffed the biggest motor we had in each model, and other than
being a bit light on wadding (we've got a few scorched
'chutes/streamers) it was a joy to see how they flew.
The offer of a FITI to replace our Baby Bertha is
appreciated but hardly necessary, Neal...although I'm sure Ian
has a different opinion on that.
We stopped at Hub Hobby on the way home and it was not
only replaced, he's also got a Big Bertha, a SuperBird and a
Golden Scout to reward his generosity. I'm very proud of how he
gave Jamison the opportunity, and that he also gave up his
(narrowly) second favorite rocket. I don't think many
twelve-year-olds would do that, and I'm pretty sure it came from
the generosity & help everyone has shown us/him.
Thank you all!
Kurt Knox writes:
Yep, would agree it was a very nice day for launching
rockets. I would have made it through the day retrieving every
one of the 12 flights I made but I had a scratch built that went
horizontal over the neighborhood. I had a couple hard landings,
lost a few fins but was able to find them. Nothing like
searching for white fins in the snow. I got a couple E flights
in, including my Estes Stormcaster on a E9-4 for a perfect
I played around with the new Estes Engine Adapters I picked
up at Hub last week. They worked great and were very easy to
use. I had one hiccup with the 24mm to 18mm mount but it was an
easy remedy. I'm going to write up a product review for the
newsletter so you can read about it in a few weeks.
Great day, great weather, great flying company!
Full launch tally (PDF)
The totals were: 88 flights, 91 motors. The cumulative
total impulse was 685 Ns with an average total impulse of 7.5 Ns.
The motor breakdown follows: