Art Gibbens writes:
I didn't get to
the field until
about 9:30 am
and Neal and
company had it
all ready and
set up to go.
When I arrived
there was almost
no wind to speak
of so I was
thrilled to be
able to put some
height into a
1. First up was
an old competition
rocket from one of
about 5 or 6 years
ago. The event was 4
A duration or
altitude, I cannot
remember which. So I
stuck 4 C6-5 engines
in it and let 'er
rip. It went
straight and true -
straight up and
almost straight down
under canopy. It
came within 6 to 10
feet of the power
lines and landed
hard on the walking
path on the same
side of the road as
the filed. When I
picked it up I could
see damage to the
tip of one fins.
When I built this
rocket I added
baffles to it so I
recovery wadding. I
also noticed one of
the engines was
missing and that
tube was badly
burned. My guess is
that only 3 engines
lit and when the
went off it back lit
the one motor and it
spit under it's own
thrust. It was way
too high to see
anything from the
ground to confirm
2. Next up was my
Rascal with a booster,
going from a D12-0 to a
B6-6. Another nice
straight launch and a
very long walk to
recover over in the
hayfield North of the
soccer fields. The
sustainer landed less
than 5 feet from the
trees that line the edge
of the field. The rocket
gods must have been
smiling on me for my
first two launches in
that neither of them got
hung up and I was able
to recover them after
beautiful high flights.
3. I then flew my oldest
still flying rocket, my
Mercury Redstone that I
built back in 1973. Many of
you know that this is a
loose adaptation of the
original kit. I built it
that way up to the skills I
had at that time in ninth
grade. This rocket went up
on a C6-5 and just about
landed at my feet.
4. Next was my Exo-Skell on a
C6-3, which flew very nice as
both sections descended gently
and the alien stayed on it's
5. I flew my door prize saucer, a
Snitch on a C6-5 without much
6. Then I pulled out another old kit,
the BOINK rocket that Alan Estenson had
us all build at a building session at
the Science Museum so many moons ago. It
also flew on a C6-5. Not much bounce
left in it any more.
7. I then flew my Toblerone rocket on a
B6-4 and many in attendance were commenting
and wishing that it was really chocolate and
not a rocket. It flew very nice and landed
on the filed. I noticed when I got back to
my vehicle that it is getting slightly bowed
along the length of the airframe. Might have
to do some corrective repair to true it back
8. Not wanting to walk as far I switched my
motor selection down a few notches and flew my
Bugsy rocket on a A4-3T. It's a cute little
9. Then I flew my Freedom rocket on an A8-5 for
another nice short walk for recovery.
10. For my last flight of the day I stuffed a 1/2A6-2
into an Alpha kit that I built back in the 90's with a
rocket class I taught at HCA.
There were a lot of nice flights by other folks and a
spectacular crash or two, but I'll let them tell their own
I left the field about 12:30 pm, almost exactly 3 hours after
I got there. It was good to see everyone again and to meet at
least the one new family that came out to their first launch.
Michael Farrell writes:
Beautiful day for a launch. I hope Pueblo is seeing equally
good weather. Low wind, not too hot, good company!
The morning started out tough, Neal and I had some "static
tests" (one of mine needs a MESS report for a spit nozzle), but
by the time I left at about lunchtime there had been at least 50
good flights with lots of full racks turning over quickly. Some
new members were there, some homemade water/air pressure rockets
flew, some high altitude flights were achieved, some gliders on
amazingly straight boosts (one of Mark's buzzed the LCO table),
and an advanced concept in Micromaxx was proven (you get one
guess as to by who).
Thanks to everyone for putting up with my mission for the
day; burning through my stock of C6-3's. My Estes Dark Energy
flew reliably 8 times including it's maiden voyage. The rocket
is designed for high drag, so it lifts off slowly, stays low,
and needs a short delay. It flies nicely, but it got a bit old
by the end. Next time - more power!
I also flew my LOC Aura for the first time, I used an E16 and
snapped a fin on landing (dang). I flew my Semroc Goblin on a
C11 for a great flight, and a couple of smaller rockets to use
up some leftover contest ŻA's.
Great day, hope everyone had as much fun as I did.
Neal Higgins writes:
It was a great day for rockets. Thanks everyone for the help
with range setup and tear down.
I managed 15 flights including my experimental Wee Commanche
3 micro maxx 3 stage rocket. With the winds as light as they
were I had to try it. It is weird with a 1 second delay in micro
max booster motors but all 3 stages lit and all pieces were
recovered. Thanks Ron. The sustainer failed to deploy the
streamer and it lawn darted in all the way across the field. No
damage and at the next launch with low winds it will fly again.
In the afternoon I flew my Mega Mosquito on a E9-6 and with a
lot of arm twisting by Mark Thell I flew it again. This time I
chad staged it from an E12-0 to a D12-7. It flew beautifully.
Late in the day Mark counted the flight cards and found we had
115 flights to that point. Most of us were done flying but Mark
and I set a goal to get 125 flights for the day. So we loaded up
more rockets and ended the launch with 128 flights total.
Thanks Sean for showing us your water rockets. They were very
interesting and I hope our rockets were of impressive for you. I
hope you can make it to more of our launches and bring out some
bigger water rockets.
Mark Thell writes:
I arrived around 10 ish . I only brought modrocs to fly, I
put up a couple boost glider flights. My first one was.... shall
we say....underpowered. A8-3 on my" don't know the name of it")
Plan set designed my Chas Russell. Think "Six Million Dollar
Man" opening. Pulled up just enough to hit a car in the parking
lot. Snapped off horizontal stab , she's drying as I type this.
Needs a B6-2 next time. Next B/G was my Deltie on the previously
mentioned B6-2. THAT is the motor for this one!!! Too bad I
didn't have a stopwatch. Flew a BUNCH of sport models I hadn't
flown in awhile. Lost my bright green tube fin rocket. Looked
for awhile, to no avail...... I gently prodded out illustrious
President into CHAD staging the Skeeter, BTW That's my story and
I'm sticking to it. Good to see everyone.
Ron Wirth writes:
I arrived at the field just in time to watch the first rack
of rockets to be launched. It has been a while since I have
launched any low power rockets. I was able to get 10 flights in
the air for the day. This included the maiden flights of my
Quest Lil Grunt, Estes Pathfinder, and Estes Astron Sprint XL.
The Astron went up on a E9-6 and even with a big spill hole in
the chute, it still floated to the concrete barrier of the
highway. The Lil Grunt went up on the D12-5 and came down
perfectly on a long streamer (I replaced the stock streamer). I
also managed to launch my DeltieB twice. On the second launch it
glided to the far end of the field. Other successful launches
were my Alien8, Cherokee Goon, Der Fat Max, Dog Fight, and
Semroc Hawk glider. It was a great day for rockets and nice to
see some new people come launch.
Aaron Sheriff writes:
Samir and I had a (mostly) great time at the launch.
1) Samir scratch built a rocket entirely out of paper with
and plastic mechanical pencil tip nose cone. His MX-1 spit the
motor on it's maiden voyage, but addition tape on the 2nd launch
held the engine in and the streamer successfully deployed.
2) Samir's scratch build minimum diameter SX-1 flew nearly
out of sight on in C6-7. I gave up on it, but a fellow flyer
found it much closer that I was looking.
3) My Cosmic Interceptor (over a year in the making) had it's
maiden voyage on an F39 and came in ballistic. Total loss :( I'd
left the 24/40 assembly instruction at home in the HPR binder,
and a post-mortem leads me to believe I had the delay grain
space toward the ejection charge well instead of the propellent.
Not sure why I didn't just pull up the instructions from my
phone *before* instead of *after* the flight... Lesson learned.
4) Samir's scratch build Manticore flew nicely on at cluster
of an A6-4 and 2 A10-P.
5) Our Fliskits Trafic Cone streaked to an estimated 35' on
6) Our Executioner on an E9-6 and then an E12-6. I was
hesitant after the Cosmic Interceptor and all the reports of E12
CATOs, but went like a champ. Good to see everyone out there!
Sean Ryan writes:
Thanks for letting me come and launch my water rockets with
you guys. I was definitely impressed and appreciate being felt
welcome. You gave me lots of ideas for future rockets. I'll be
back at some point to launch again with you all.
Full launch tally (PDF)
The totals were: x flights with x motors burned.
The motor breakdown follows: