Total impulse expended: 1,181.02 N-s, which is in the J motor range. There were two clustered flights (#31 & #36), and no multistage flights. There were 12 rocketeers. We burned 42 motors in 40 flights.
We put our new launch rails to good use. Tim launched his Airspike from it twice, both flights were very good. Dan Kirk also used it to launch his new and beautifully finished Big Boy. He also launched a Big Daddy for a good flight.
The Jessee family made some of their standard spectacular launches. The Chris & Sue Rocket uses a cone in place of fins. The flights were both very impressive; the cone sucks the dense black smoke of the Econojet along with it. If the photos of the second launch come out we’ll get them posted in the photo pages. The Mirage was also flown with good success, as well as several other interesting flights.
George S. had some interesting rockets on hand, but was afraid to launch them in the wind. He did try out his brand new Commanche Three as a single stage. That rocket does pretty well on a B6 in single stage, we can only imagine what it must be like with three motors! George also launched a Cosmic Cobra that opens a set of blades on the aft end of the nose cone (the booster returns via parachute). The nose gets quite a lot of spin and very good hang time. Both main parts landed near the pads.
Dave Lucas, Dave Messerschmidt, and Justin Messerschmidt made some very nice flights. Im not sure, but between the three of these fliers, I dont think there is even one three fins and a nose cone rocket! The last couple of flights of the day were both something to see. The glider flight had a bit of a rough start with a loop near the ground but settled down to a really nice glide. The final flight of the day was the Warthog flown by the father/son Messerschmidt team, the rocket was attained a very impressive altitude, but required a nice long walk for recovery.
While Tim was off finding that last rocket, Bob and George broke down and loaded the equipment. Dave A. invited the few us who remained on site at the bitter end to come up to the house and warm up a little. We had a nice rocket talk around the fire putting a nice end to a good day of flying. The club would like to acknowledge and thank our very accommodating host and hostess for their hospitality.
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||Fliers Name||Rocket Name(s)||Motor||Comments|
|1||Tim Burger||Sprint 24C||D12-7||Good flight, long drift|
|2||George Schiel||Sky Writer||A8-3||Good flight|
|3||Tim Burger||Airspike||E28-7||First flight from the clubs new rails|
|4||Dan Kirk||Flying Saucer||D12-3||Nice looking flight|
|6||Dan Kirk||Fiesta||1/2A3-4||Needs more motor!|
|7||Dave Lucas||Mini Saucer||1/2A3-2T|
|9||Randall Jessee||Chris & Sue Rocket||G35-4||Great boost, ejected just in time|
|11||Tim Burger||Maniac||D12-7||Nice flight|
|12||George Schiel||Commanche Upper Stage||B6-4||Very nice|
|13||Hayden Kaustinen||Mini-Meanie||1/2A3-2T||Good flight|
|14||Taylor Jessee||Apogee Aspire||D12-5||Separation long drift|
|15||Dan Kirk||Spin Fin||B6-4||Good!|
|16||Danielle St. Louis||Zinger||C6-3||Good!|
|17||Dan Kirk||Big Boy||D12-3||Nice flight; low and slow|
|18||Hayden Kaustinen||Mini-Meanie||A10-3T||Lost in the brush|
|19||Randall Jessee||Crayola Rocket||F21-6|
|20||Dan Kirk||Big Daddy||D12-3|
|21||Bob Wingate||Blue Streak||1/2A6-2||Nice!|
|22||Tim Burger||Maxi-Alpha 3||E9-6||Picture Perfect|
|24||Hayden Kaustinen||Zinger||C6-5||Very nice!|
|25||Randall Jessee||G-Force||G80-4||Good flight hung in tree but recovered|
|26||Dave Messerschmidt||McDonald’s Air Express||E9-4||Separation|
|27||Bob Wingate||Blue Streak||A8-5||Nice and high|
|29||Randall Jessee||Chris & Sue Rocket||G35-4|
|31||Dave Lucas||Awesome||E9-6 X2||Beautiful!|
|32||George Schiel||Cosmic Cobra||B6-4||Good whirly-gig action on the nose recovery|
|33||Justin Messerschmidt||Golden SAM||D12-3|
|34||Taylor Jessee||Super Big Bertha||D12-5||Good!|
|35||Tim Burger||Airspike||F21-8||Long delay|
|36||Dave Messerschmidt||ME-212||B6-4 X2||Both lit, very nice!|
|37||Dave Messerschmidt||Stealth||B6-4||Cool flight chute tangled|
|38||Tim Burger||Sprint Magnum||F40-7||Nice flight very high, long walk|
|39||Dave Lucas||PS 93 Space Plane||F20-4||Looped on boost, nice long glide|
|40||Dave Messerschmidt||Warthog||G35-7||Way up there! Long drift|
Randalls Chris & Sue Rocket
Photo by Tim Burger
Tims Airspike uses the new rail for the first time
Photo by Tim Burger
Photo by Tim Burger
Duty Roster for this launch
Submitted by Tim Burger, NAR 78486.
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Last updated: March 31, 2006