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Launch Memories

April 18, 2007

I didn't launch anything but remember some stuff. Joe Cooney: Rain or shine he launched rockets ALL WEEKEND. To say it didn't rain Saturday would have to require minute by minute data. No way around it, Saturday was wet. Yet there was a stupendous sunset with good color on all horizons that evening. Ray Stoner provided shelter (and movies) in his new 31' motor home. Ann Yanecek won 1'st place in a "Healthy Nacho" contest with her "Ceviche Nachos" at a contest at "Downriver Grill". Leftovers were delivered about 30 minutes later and consumed in short order. We didn't even open up the trailer. I'm sure I think I remember 37 flights in a day that was nothing but rain while the waiver was open. Free G-40's had no problem finding airframes. I forget the name but some guy with his 2 kids flew all day. Talk about drowned rats, yet with a GRIN that made you wonder if it was really that miserable. Sunday was a whole different story. An 0300 bladder maintenance event revealed a starry sky. By 0700 the sun was shining and by 0900 the range was set up and ready. Once rockets started launching, I don't think they stopped until time for the waiver to close (1800). Can you imagine getting to the pad and then remembering you forgot the case for your installed motor, The frantic call of "Wait, don't light it" sure was a crowd pleaser. Bret Simpkins and Hans Vogel were up from Richland with some really nice looking rockets. Both are planning L3 certification attempts at LDRS-24. If you count "touching the line", all rockets stayed on-site. Just in case you ask who; Joe Cooney. While we're on the subject, Most flights=Joe C, Closest to pad=Joe C, most clusters=Joe C, First flight=Joe C, most misfires (I think)=Joe C, He'd a had last fight but our great Launch Director (Lou Bragg) was LCO and made sure he followed Joe into the wonderful Sunday sky. It was just after 1830 when I finally departed, guess who was behind me?....Joe Cooney. All in all, a great weekend. Bob Yanecek

Posted by bobble at April 18, 2007 9:09 AM


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