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Jeff Halstead

November 26, 2006

My first rockets in elementary school were made of matchstick heads and aluminum foil flown off our lawn furniture. From there, I graduated to my own zinc-sulphur mixture, only to fill the basement time and again with smoke as I tested the propellant. While I enjoyed flying Estes rockets, as a kid I'd build my own motors. One successful flight flew over a tall pine tree and crashed into the neighbor's roof. I was lucky to leave my youth with both hands intact.
I returned to rocketry as an adult, flying again with my two boys. Over the last few years, I have graduated to high-powered rocketry. Today, I enjoy building scratch-built rockets that fly on Aerotech propellant, deploy parachutes with electronics, and are tracked down with transceivers. My childhood fascination with rockets remains as strong as ever.

Posted by terry at November 26, 2006 2:05 AM

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