The day started out a bit on the windy and overcast side. Despite that, three people were on hand to set up the range, with a fourth person arriving in time to help with the unwinding of cords. Rather than tote all of the equipment out to the launch site, only the battery, cords, PA and launcher were brought, with the remaining equipment belonging to club members. The main pad was simply a saw horse with three rods and blast deflectors, the clubs Wasp pad was out and Tims rail was set up in it. Dave Bucher brought his very nice pad and tower launcher, and Bobs pad rounded out the equipment. The large bulk of flights were flown from the saw-horse arrangement.
At about noon the weather turned fair; the wind dropped, and the sun came out. This was very welcome, and larger motors came out of the range boxes as our courage built.
There were some interesting flights, and some heart-breakers, and even one or two non-flying flights. The first heart-breaker was the Jessee familys Executioner which was still hanging from the power lines over the road as we were driving away. The second heart-breaker was Georges Mediocre Fred; this is the second glider of this type that George has had sail away. Not so mediocre, Id say. Another heart breaker was the CATO of both motors in Dave Buchers spinning UFO rocket. Those were Estes C5-3s this time, rather than the seemingly more failure prone (today at least) Quest C6 motors. Also worthy of mention was first time flier Cindy Eskinas Super Nova which had a promising boost, but separated and the lower half made a sickening thudding sound when it tried to core sample too hard ground! This was Cindys first effort, but she seemed to take the troubles well and vowed to be back. Were looking forward to it.
Some of the more interesting non-flights were the spectacular CATOs of the Quest C6s by Ian D. He had several blow; two of which threw burning parts a very long way. Another non-flight was Dave Bs glider that hung on the rod.
One of the more strange launches was Tims Sprint 24C on an Aerotech D15-7 reload. The igniter popped and the clips fell away. Then after a long silent, smokeless pause, the motor suddenly came up to pressure and the rocket lept away in a blink rather surprising everyone.
It was interesting to watch several of the fliers test some of their contest designs for the upcoming contest launch next month. Dave B. and Dan K. both tested altitude rockets. Dave B. and George S. tested gliders, and Dave B. also launched a couple of payload birds. Daves gliders employ a sliding motor pod, very beautifully made rockets, with nice precision airfoils. They appeared to be quite competitive.
The club took this opportunity to try out and practice using the new theodolites made by Dave Lucas. Dave handed out all the information, and he and Bob measured off the baseline and set up the devices. We then practiced on several of the flights using the chalk Dave brought with him. This was very good and very needed practice, both in tracking and using the devices, and also in rendering the data. That chore fell largely to Bob W. who churned away with the calculator for most of the afternoon.
At the end of the day we had burned 73 motors, for about 634.54N which falls in the I range. Of those, two were cluster flights (#20 and #63) but no staged flights. There were 12 fliers, and 70 flights (counting the CATOs).
|Launch||Fliers Name||Rocket Name||Motor(s)||Comments|
|1||George Scheil||Deep Space Probe||C5-3||Good! Sideways boost|
|2||Tim Burger||Quest Astra||A8-3||Good!|
|3||Christian Bruggeman||Superbird||B6-4||First flight|
|4||George Scheil||Cherokee III||B6-4||Single stage flight|
|6||Christian Bruggeman||Nike K||B6-4|
|9||Tim Burger||Big Bertha||B6-4|
|10||Ian Jessee||Sky Writer||A8-3|
|11||Taylor Jessee||Death Star||C5-3|
|12||Randall Jessee||Yellow TP-1||C6-3|
|13||Tim Burger||Big Bertha||C6-5|
|15||Taylor Jessee||Executioner||E9-6||Hung in the power lines over the road|
|18||Cindy Eskina||Super Nova||D12-5|
|19||Randall Jessee||Silver TP 9||D12-3|
|20||Taylor Jessee||Crash & Burn||3X A8-3|
|22||Ian Jessee||Birthday Rocket||D12-3|
|23||Taylor Jessee||Super Bertha||C11-3|
|24||Taylor Jessee||Baby Bertha||C6-3||First tracking practice, good.|
|25||Tim Burger||Sprint 24C||C11-7||Track: 117.6 meters|
|26||Christian Bruggeman||Nemesis||C6-5||Track: lost|
|27||Ian Desselle||Lightning 3000||A8-3|
|29||George Scheil||Sunward Phoenix||C6-5|
|31||Tim Burger||Sprint 24C||D15-7||Track: 251 Meters.|
|33||Dave Bucher||C Rocket Glider||C6-3||Heads up flight!|
|34||Ian Desselle||Viking||C6-5||CATO! (Quest motor)|
|35||Ian Desselle||Lightning||C6-5||Drag race with next|
|36||Randall Jessee||Baby Bertha||C6-5||Drag race with previous|
|37||Taylor Jessee||Super Eagle||C6-3||Nice; one chute did not open|
|38||George Scheil||UFO (Area 51)||C6-0|
|39||Tim Burger||Maxi-Alpha||D9-4||Very long delay; came out OK though|
|40||Dave Bucher||B Rocket Glider||B6-4||Rod hanger!|
|41||George Scheil||Cosmic Cobra||B6-4|
|42||Ian Desselle||Baby Bertha||C6-5||CATO! (Another Quest)|
|43||Taylor Jessee||BullPup||B6-4||Drag race with previous|
|44||Ian Desselle||Baby Bertha||C6-5||CATO again! (Another Quest)|
|45||Taylor Jessee||Baby Bertha||C5-3||Drag race with previous|
|46||Dan Kirk||Fiesta||A3-4T||Tracked to 18.3M|
|50||Dan Kirk||Punk #1||A3-4T||Tracked to 108.9M|
|51||Dan Kirk||Punk #2||A3-4T|
|52||Ian Jessee||Aquarius||D12-5||Drag race with next|
|53||Taylor Jessee||Super Bertha||D12-5||Drag race with previous|
|54||Dave Bucher||Large C Rocket Glider||C6-3|
|55||Dave Bucher||Medium C Rocket Glider||C6-3|
|56||George Scheil||Mediocre Fred||B6-2|
|57||Tim Burger||Sprint 24C||D9-4||Very high after three misfires.|
|58||Ian Desselle||SR 71 Blackbird||C6-3||Separation|
|59||Dan Kirk||Wicked Winnie||C6-3||Nice flight and recovery|
|60||Dan Kirk||Icarus||C6-3||Very nice|
|62||Dave Bucher||Mercury Redstone||C6-3|
|63||Dave Bucher||Spindizzy Saucer||2X C5-3||Both motors CATOed|
|64||Dave Bucher||A Altitude A||A3-4T||Tracked to 184.8M|
|65||Dave Bucher||A Altitude B||A3-4T|
|66||Dave Bucher||B payload||B6-4|
|67||Dan Kirk||Shuttle Express||C6-3|
|68||Dan Kirk||Edmunds Tinee||A3-4T|
|70||Bob Wingate||Executioner||D12-5||Tracked to 242.9M|
|3||Sprint 24C||Tim Burger|
|Super Bertha||Taylor Jessee|
Submitted by Tim Burger NAR 78486 L1.
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