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KCAR Launch Report: November 2000 Sport Launch

Launch date and time: November 11th, 2000, 10:00 AM.
Launch location: 14900 Peterson Road, Kansas City, MO

The theme of the month was clustering. We saw clusters of two, three, five, and seven motors. Nick Stich's kit-bashed Big Daddy flew nicely on a D12-5 main engine with four B6-4 outboard motors. The most interesting flight of the day had to be Dan Kirk's kit-bashed Fat Boy that flew on seven C6-7 motors. At least one of the outboard motors started earlier than the others which caused it to bind on the launch rod. Once more of the motors started it took off nicely, but not after scortching the clip whip. Five of the seven motors ignited. Jerome Tonneson's kit-bashed Big Daddy made its first clustered flight at this launch. The C5-3 motors provided a good boost but the delay was a bit short. It later flew on a cluster of C6-5s for an ejection right at apogee.

Total impulse expended: 790.45 Newton-seconds, like a partial J motor. There were nine clustered flights (#4, #11, #14, #25, #29, #36, #39, #45, #49) and one multi-stage flight (#24). There were 9 families for a total of 11 rocketeers.

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

If you have pictures taken during this launch please let us know so that they can be posted on the web site. If you can scan them and save them as GIFs or JPGs that would be great. If not, a few of the club members have scanners and can get the pictures into digital format. Send e-mail for details.

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Launch Pad Flyer's Name Rocket Name Motor(s) Notes
1 1 Jerome Tonneson Upscaled Mosquito B6-4
2 2 George Scheil Custom Twister A3-4T CATO. No damage to the rocket.
3 2 Tim Burger Custom Fiesta A8-3 Nice flight.
4 1 Jerome Tonneson Kit-bashed Big Daddy C5-3 x3 First cluster; Great flight.
5 2 Andy Scheinost Modified Alpha III 1/2A6-2
6 2 George Scheil Custom Twister A10-3T Good flight.
7 2 John Palmer Estes Big Dawg B6-4 Good.
8 ? Dan Kirk Custom Elite C6-5 Successful NARTREK Silver Eggloft flight.
9 1 Tim Burger "Stretched Maniac" D15-4T Good flight.
10 2 John Palmer Estes Venus Probe C6-3 Good, always fun to watch this one.
11 1 Larry Zeilmann Launch Pad AGM-18 C6-5 x3 Dragged the clip whip?
12 2 Tim Burger Custom Fiesta A8-3 Nice flight, stayed in sight.
13 2 John Palmer Estes V-2 D12-3 A lot of spin, but nice flight.
14 1 Jerome Tonneson Kit-bashed Big Daddy C6-5 x3 Excellent cluster flight -- ejection right at apogee.
15 3 Larry Zeilmann Scratchbuilt Bomarc D12-3 Nice!
16 1 Nick Stich Upscaled Mosquito (2.6 inch diameter) D12-5 Slow lift off. Underpowered. Some damage upon landing.
17 2 John Palmer Quest Delta Clipper C6-3 Nice and slow.
18 2 Tim Burger Estes Big Bertha B6-4
19 3 Dan Kirk "Drag Racer" A10-0 Drag race with flight #20 -- Lowest altitude, last to land.
20 2 Jerome Tonneson "MicroMaxx Mosquito" Quest MicroMaxx Drag race with flight #19 -- Both left the pad at the same time.
21 3 John Palmer Tomahawk B6-4
22 2 Dan Kirk Estes Transwing Glider B6-2 Stripped - ?
23 1 Tim Burger Estes Maxi-Alpha III D12-3 Nice Flight.
24 3 John Palmer Scratchbuilt Space Shuttle C6-0, A8-3 It flew! Watch for falling parts, Dan.
25 1 Nick Stich "Six Pack Plus" D12-3 x2 Beautiful flight!
26 2 John Palmer Estes Sidewinder C6-3
27 1 Tim Burger Estes Maxi-Alpha III D15-4T Nice flight after one misfire.
28 2 Andy Scheinost "Alpha III Bash" A8-3 Straight flight, good delay.
29 1 Nick Stich "Six Pack Plus" A8-3 x7 Low & slow. Landed close to pad. Five of seven motors lit.
30 2 Tim Burger Quest FlatCat B6-2 Very long glide time.
31 1 Jerome Tonneson Kit-bashed Big Daddy D24-4T
32 1 Ian Jessee Kit-bashed Big Daddy D12-3
33 1 Taylor Jessee Aerotech Initiator F25-6W
34 ? Ian Jessee "Peggy's Birthday Rocket" D12-5
35 ? Tim Burger Omega B6-4
36 1 Dan Kirk Kit-bashed Fat Boy C6-7 x7 Five of the motors lit. Hung on the launch rod for a while due to the resulting off-center thrust. Good flight once it left the pad. Knocked the pad over!
37 2 Tim Burger "Micro Omega" B6-4
38 3 Jerome Tonneson Estes Fat Boy B6-2
39 1 Nick Stich Kit-bashed Big Daddy D12-5, B6-4 x3 All motors ignited.
40 2 Dan Kirk "Edmond 1B" A3-4T Very nice flight.
41 3 Jerome Tonneson Upscaled Mosquito B6-4
42 1 Randall Jessee "PVC Tube" E30-7T
43 2 Taylor Jessee Estes Prowler C6-5
44 1 Tim Burger Estes Silver Comet D12-3
45 1 Jerome Tonneson Kit-bashed Big Daddy C6-5 x3
46 2 Nick Stich Kit-bashed Estes Big Daddy D12-3 Drag race with flight #47.
47 3 George Scheil Estes Code Red B6-4 Drag race with flight #46.
48 1 Tim Burger Estes Silver Comet D15-4T Nice flight - perfect delay.
49 1 Nick Stich "Six Pack Plus" D12-5 x2
50 1 Tim Burger Estes Silver Comet D12-3

Total engines by class:
Type Qty. Notes
MM 1
1/4A 0
1/2A 1
A 15
B 14
C 25
D 19
E 1
F 1
G 0
Rockets making multiple flights:
Flights Rocket Rocketeer
Kit-bashed Big Daddy Jerome Tonneson
Estes Silver Comet Tim Burger
"Six Pack Plus" Nick Stich
Custom Fiesta Tim Burger
Estes Maxi-Alpha III Tim Burger
Custom Twister George Scheil
Kit-bashed Big Daddy Nick Stich
"Upscaled Mosquito" Jerome Tonneson
Number of flights per rocketeer:
Flights Rocketeer(s)
Tim Burger
Jerome Tonneson
John Palmer
Nick Stich
Dan Kirk
George Scheil
Ian Jessee, Taylor Jessee, Andy Scheinost, Larry Zeilmann
Randall Jessee

Submitted by Jerome Tonneson, NAR 76200.

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