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KCAR Launch Report: September 1999 Sport launch

Launch date and time: September 11th, 1999, 10:00 AM.
Launch location: 14900 Peterson Road, Kansas City, MO.
Launch Pad Flyer's Name Rocket Name Motor(s) Notes

11:30-12:30, SCO Andy Scheinost
1 2 Jimmy O'Keefe Estes Silver Comet D12-? After 1 misfire
2 3 Blair Clark "Cluster's Last Stand" C6-7 x3
3 4 Tom Faerber Estes Shell Shocked B6-4 After 2 misfire
4 ? Larry Mills "Hot Shot" D12-7
5 2 Mark Brown "The Thing" A10-3T x7 Cluster wired in series. All 7 lit. Suprisingly good flight; fun to hear multiple distinctly separate ejection charges
6 3 Jimmy O'Keefe "Goldline" C6-5 ?

SCO Bob Wingate
7 4 Andy Scheinost "Recycled Rocket" B6-4
8 5 Tia Kirk Estes X-Ray 1/2A3-2T
9 6 Jimmy O'Keefe Estes Tomcat C6-? Looping flight; heads-up in parking area
10 2 Blair Clark Estes Optima D12-7 x3 Nice big rocket. Beautiful flight
11 3 Larry Mills "Hot Shot" AT F20-7W Econojet Roared into the sky!

(flight card MIA)

1:00 - 1:30, SCO Tia Kirk
13 ? Andy Scheinost "Recycled Rocket" A8-3 Very nice flight
14 5 Marc Schroeder Estes Yankee A8-3
15 3 Will Schroeder Estes Code Red B6-4
16 4 Marc Schroeder Estes Banshee B6-4
17 4 James Case Estes ARV Condor B6-2 First flight; Worked well

1:30 - 2:00, SCO James Case
18 6 Bob Wingate Estes Maniac D12-5 'Chute didn't deploy, but landed without damage
19 2 Andy Scheinost Estes Fat Boy (with plywood fins) B6-4 Flew low & slow (windy)

(flight card MIA)
21 2 Andy Scheinost Estes Fat Boy C6-5
22 4 James Case Estes ARV Condor B6-4 Another good flight & recovery
23 ? Larry Mills "3/4 scale Long Shot" D12-7

After 2:00 p.m.
24 6 Bob Wingate "Bob's D SuperRoc" (with 12" parachute) FSI D20-5 Good boost. Drifted into next field north. Long walk; recovered OK.
Andy Scheinost Estes Fat Boy C6-3 Landed close to pad. Last flight of the day.

NOTES: Two flight cards are missing in action (flight #12 and flight #20). One of these flights was Mark Brown's "Grapeshot", a narrow (minimum diameter or nearly so) rocket powered by an Aerotech single use G80-?. This rocket leaped off the pad - and I mean Leaped! If this flight didn't briefly exceed Mach 1, it sure didn't miss it by much. A load chorus of "Wow!'s" from spectators of all ages.

Total engines by class (with one flight unaccounted for):
Type Qty. Notes
MM 0
1/4A 0
1/2A 1
A 9 Seven on one flight.
B 7
C 7 Three on one flight
D 8 Three on one flight. A great day for clustering!
E 0
F 1
G 1

Rockets making multiple flights:
Flights Rocket Rocketeer
Estes ARV Condor James Case
Estes Fat Boy Andy Scheinost
"Recycled Rocket" Andy Scheinost
"Hot Shot" Larry Mills

Number of flights per rocketeer:
Flights Rocketeer(s)
4 Andy Scheinost
3 Larry Mills, Jimmy O'Keefe
2 Mark Brown, James Case, Blair Clark, Marc Schroeder, Bob Wingate
1 Tom Faerber, Tia Kirk, Will Schroeder

Total impulse at least 468.75 Newton-seconds, like a partial I motor.
There were 3 clustered flights (#2, #5, #10), and no multi-stage flights.
There were 10 families, for a total of 11 rocketeers.

While the winds gusted occasionally accounting for a few brief pauses, the weather was generally good for flying; most flights were good to outstanding. While there weren't as many rockets launches as in August, or as many rocket fliers, those of us who were there had a great time.

Thanks again to our hosts, James and Tricia, for letting us use their field... and thanks for the donuts!

Submitted by Bob Wingate, NAR 35396, former president KCAR, NAR Section 505.

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