FiTi - "Fly it, Take it"
The "Fly it, Take it" (FiTi) program originated with NARAM 50 in
2008. NAR sections around the country were asked to build and
donate basic rockets for the event. At NARAM, visiting
youngsters would be able to pick out a rocket, be given an engine
and help prepping the rocket for flight, fly it, and then take the
rocket home with them!
2010 - NARAM 52
MASA's FiTi rocket donations for NARAM 52
Kevin, Hunter, and Levi Anderson - RockStar (scratch
built), Semroc SEV, Estes Big Bertha (orange & white)
Steve Brown - Quest Falcon
Bob Moyle - Quest Falcon, Semroc Astron
Dwayne Shmel - Sunward Box Racer (Iron Man)
Mike Erpelding - Quest Astra (red, white, blue),
Custom Venture (Stars 'n Stripes)
Buzz McDermott - Custom SLV, Quest Payloader One,
Estes Super Nova
David Whitaker - Estes Dragonite, Quest Astra III
Art and Philip Gibbens - Custom Redliner, Estes
Wizard, Estes Astra, Quest Gamma Ray, Estes Mini Mean
Todd Carpenter - Custom Atomic, Quest Starhawk
Mark Thell - Sirius Interrogator, Quest Future
Alan Estenson - Groove Tube clones (one red, one
blue), Quest Area 51 SPEV saucers (two, with N52 decals),
Estes E2X (three, with N52 decals)
Jeff Taylor - Estes Patriots (Toy Story, Disney
Princess, and Flames), Semroc Squire (Denver Broncos), Quest
Aerobee (pink and purple stars)
Andy Heren - Baby Berthas (Charlie Brown, Colorado
Rockies, Denver Broncos, and classic)
Neal Higgins - Custom Atomic, Triskelion, Baby
Bertha (Stars 'n Stripes), Custom Razor (metallic
Carol Marple - Quest Seeker, Quest Triton X, Big
Bertha (Superman), Estes Patriots (Super Girl, Little
Thanks to Carol Marple for arranging the donation,
collecting all the rockets, and making all the labels that went
with them. Thanks to Ted Cochran for hauling them to NARAM.
Thanks to Buzz McDermott for the FiTi building session at his
house and for providing several of the kits that other people
"I'd like to offer a HUGE thank you to everyone who
donated rockets for the NARAM 52 Fly-it/Take-it event! It was an
MASA has supported the NARAM FiTi event since it began 3
years ago. Club members donated 10 rockets to the first FiTi
event and 36 rockets to the second FiTi event. This year, I
issued a challenge for the club to meet last year's donation
amount... I'm thrilled to report that we donated 50 rockets to
this year's event!!!
As always, the rockets were very nicely done. Each
rocket got its very own information sheet, which listed the
rocket name, manufacturer, suggested engines, the builder's name
and email (or the club's email address), and our club web
I posted pictures to the Photos section, and there will
be an article in the next MASA Planet.
Although the FiTi event was advertised for Saturday and
Sunday, the organizers did a fantastic job of offering FiTi
rockets to any younger person they saw at the launch site
throughout the week. I saw at least a few kids launching rockets
that I recognized as our FiTi donations.
Again, thank you very much for your support!
MASA President (and FiTi coordinator)"
2009 - NARAM 51
(Paraphrased from the MASA Planet, Volume 12, Issue 5)
NARAM 51's Fly It / Take It Rocket Donations
by Carol Marple
I'd like to thank everyone who donated rockets for the
NARAM 51 fly-it/take-it event. There was an amazing
response to my request!
I was *hoping* for maybe 20 rockets - we donated 10 last
year, and I hoped to double it - but MASA members really came
through for this great "pay it forward" opportunity. In
all, MASA members donated 36 rockets!!!
No, that's not a typo. We really donated 36
rockets from 16 MASA members !!!
I was amazed by the response, not just in the quantity
of donated rockets but the quality. We donated rockets of
all types, sizes, and colors. Everyone took great care in
building, finishing, and painting each and every rocket.
Each rocket got its very own information sheet, which
listed the rocket name, manufacturer, suggested engines, the
builder's name and email, and our club web address. (If I
didn't have your email address, or I didn't ask for your
permission to use it, I used my email address instead. I'll post
any responses I receive.)
Again, thank you so very much for your support!
NARAM note by Ted Cochran: "They went fast!
Saturday was the first day, and they didn't have many kids, but
many of our rockets were selected. The real crowds came
Sunday, and last time I looked, in early afternoon, they were
practically all gone. I saw a mom and a little girl who
had flown the "Hello Kitty" rocket, and they were extremely
grateful - they were happy there was a card so they could send a
picture. I heard second hand that Carol's rockets were
oohed and ahhhed over, and while a little boy picked out a
payloader, his mom wanted Little Mermaid. Great job -
there sure were beautiful rockets!"
2009 FiTi Rocket Builders were: Andy Heren,
Mark Thell, Neal Higgins, Carol Marple, Ben Ericksen, Daniel,
Caleb, and Joshua Boe, Mike Erpelding, Jeff Taylor, Todd
Carpenter, Ted Cochran, Alan Estenson, David Whitaker, Jim
Myers, and Buzz McDermott.
2008 - NARAM 50
(Paraphrased from the MASA Planet, Volume 11, Issue 4)
MASA Donates Rockets to NARAM 50
by Carol Marple
NARAM 50 is hosting a Fly-It / Take-It event on July 26
and 27. This event allows youngsters as well as first-time
flyers of any age to pick out a rocket, fly it at NARAM 50, and
then take it home with them. NARAM 50 organizers asked NAR
Sections around the country to build and donate rockets for this
Ten rockets were built by various MASA members.
After they were collected, I supplied a note about each one to
let the new owner know the specifics about his or her new rocket
(name, manufacturer, recommended engines, donor's name, etc).
In all, MASA donated 10 rockets for this event.
They were: Estes Alpha (Andy Heren), two Semroc Boids
(Alan Estenson), Semroc Squire (Jeff Taylor), Estes Alpha, Quest
Aries and Estes Alpha (Andy), Estes Patriot and Semroc Rawhide
(Carol Marple) and Estes Patriot (Jeff).
Thank you to all who donated rockets!!