Launch date and time: June 17th, 11:00AM
Launch location: Shawnee Mission Park
Launch wind and weather: Breezy and warm
We had a bit of a breezy day for a launch today, and overcast skies, but no precip. We were a bit delayed and the launch was in full swing by the time we arrived. We watched the activities for a little, and Hannah and I even managed to get a flight off.
This was the launch day for our Cook-Up rockets, and Randall, Dave B. and David L. had theirs fully finished and ready to fly. Let me explain about the cook-up for those who are unfamiliar with the idea. The idea was stolen from the free-flight guys. A cook-up is simply a bunch of guys building the same model, or same class of model, or a model by the same designer, etc. The rules vary from cook-up to cook-up, and this time it was to simply build a classic Estes kit that used D12 motors. The plan was for everyone to bring their model and fly it today. Unfortunately, due to the weather, no one except Randall was keen to fly theirs. I felt the same way even though, due to all the normal things, mine wasnt quite finished. So Randall flew his R2D2 despite the wind and Taylor flew a Maxi-Alpha which I believe would qualify under the cook-up rules. That makes them the winners! Dave Bucher had his on display on the flight table. Dave Lucas brought a Cherokee D with a booster stage and he, too, felt it was a bit windy. I know that some of the other club members had em, but either I didnt see em or they just were not on the field today. Maybe next month.
This was also Launch Day for Weblo pack 3439 & Cub Scout pack 3648. At some point during the afternoon, the advance guard for the Scouts arrived and began setting up a canopy and table. We spoke for a few minutes and then scouts began to appear on the field excited and ready to launch some rockets!
Randall, Hannah, & Tim assist at the pads
We then took over the range as the kids lined up by rank and were sent out to pads six at a time. Dave B. ran the range, and logged the names and flights for us. Randall and I did pad management. Some of the scouts wanted to drag race, so they lined up together. There were shouts and oohs & awes as the rockets were launched. We had a few misfires, and one rocket pranged pretty hard, but for the most part everything went pretty well. We were able to keep most of the rockets on the field by aiming the rods into the wind a bit. I believe that one rocket was lost to a tree.
Some of the kids flew their models twice since there were some extra motors left. A couple of the kids also built some models at home and brought those to fly too.
We were having a lot of fun, but eventually the scouts ran out of motors or time and the number of people on the field slowly fell until it was just a very few of us. We eventually started putting the equipment in boxes and loading it on the truck.
The club wishes to thank Dave Bucher for doing the LCO duty and logging all of the scouts flights; and the club members and visitors at large who allowed us to take over the range for a while. Cub and Weblos packs 3648 and 3439 (respectively) have expressed their heart-felt gratitude as well. I think I can speak for the whole club when I say we were honored to help!
Another good day at the range.
There was 1 clustered flight(s) (40) in 94 flights total. We burned 677.33N/s worth of propellant.
|2||Randall Jessee||Estes Pencil||A8-3|
|3||Michael Zager||Estes Snitch||C6-5||Stuck on Rod|
|4||Michael Zager||Fire Streak||A10-3T|
|6||Randall Jessee||Estes Snitch||C6-5|
|7||Taylor Jessee||Big Daddy||D12-3|
|8||Tim Zager||Big Betty||B6-4|
|9||Ian Jessee||Pad 3||C6-5|
|10||Bill Hensley||Baby Bertha||C6-3|
|11||George W. Scheil||Tube Fin||A8-3|
|12||Michael Zager||Canadian Arrow||D12-5|
|14||Dave Bucher||St. Louis Arch||C6-3|
|15||Ian Jessee||Fosters Spool||D12-3|
|16||David Lucas||Space Pig||C6-3|
|17||George W. Scheil||Night Wings||B6-4|
|18||Bill Hensley||Big Dawg||A8-3|
|20||George W. Scheil||Single 6||A8-3|
|21||Bill Hensley||Paveway 3||C6-3|
|22||Ian Jessee||No Continuity||D12-3|
|23||Taylor Jessee||Fosters Spool||F24-4|
|24||Dave Bucher||St. Louis Arch||C6-3|
|25||David Lucas||Pioneer ! (MPC Kit)||1/2A3-4T||Antique - 20+ years old|
|27||Michael Zager||Baby Bertha||B6-4|
|28||George W. Scheil||Cosmic Cobra||B6-4|
|29||Ian Jessee||Mini Spool||C6-3|
|30||Bill Hensley||Python 4||C6-5|
|32||George W. Scheil||Cosmic Cobra||B6-4|
|33||Ian Jessee||No Continuity||C6-3|
|34||David Lucas||Atom-X Jr.||D12-3|
|37||George W. Scheil||Tornado||A8-3|
|38||Dave Bucher||Closed Breech Roc||D12-5|
|39||Tim Burger||Big Tangent||D12-5|
|40||Randall Jessee||Peggy's Valentine||2XD12-5||Return to top|
|41||Taylor Jessee||Big Daddy||D12-3|
|42||David Lucas||Space Pig||C6-5|
|43||Taylor Jessee||Canadian Arrow||E9-6|
|45||David Lucas||Atom-X Jr.||E9-6|
|46||Randall Jessee||Estes Maxi V2||E9-6|
|47||David Lucas||Space Pig||C6-3|
|48||Taylor Jessee||Canadian Arrow||E9-6|
|49||Taylor Jessee||CD Spool||C6-3|
|59||Jared M.||F2 Falcon||A6-4|
Randall assists at the pads
Getting ready to launch
Submitted by Tim Burger, NAR 78486 L1. Photos by Natalie Burger.
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