February MASA meeting – Hennepin County
The second MASA meeting of 2013 was held at
the Hennepin County Brookdale Library on February 7. About 24 people attended the meeting.
The next regular club launch will
be on Saturday, February 23 from 10am to 2pm. We will be
trying out a new launching site - McMurray Field, located at
Lexington and Como in St Paul.
The next meeting is planned for
Thursday, March 7 at the Brookdale Library. Rick Vatsaas
will be leading an Odd-roc build session.
Reminders & Discussion:
- 2013 dues for new and renewing members may be paid anytime.
Dues have now increased. The
PDF membership application has been updated for 2013 and is
available on the web site. Online / Paypal membership renewal
is also available on the web site.
- Two representatives from Americorp, Community Technology
Empowerment Project, were at the meeting to introduce themselves
and tell us a little about their organization.
Show -n- Tell:
The Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules Missiles, and
their history in Minnesota - presented by Alan Estenson
Did you know that the Twin Cities area was once protected by
four Army surface-to-air missile bases? Hosting up to 18
Nike Hercules missiles at each base, they were ready to hurl
atomic warheads at attacking Soviet bomber formations.
Decommissioned in 1971, the remains of these bases can still be
found in the Minnesota and Wisconsin countryside.
With accompanying photos and videos, Alan talked
about the following:
The Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules surface-to-air
missiles: their history, technical overview, and how they
Model kits, past and present, of those missiles
(both static and flyable).
Nike missile site SF-88L near San Francisco
which has been restored and is part of the National Park
The four missile bases which were arrayed around
the Twin Cities from 1959 to 1971 in a "ring of supersonic
The Nike Hercules missile which is on display in
a St. Bonifacius city park.
And, in particular, missile base MS-70 near St.