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Lou Bragg Launch Report

April 18, 2007

Greetings all, SPARC held its second official launch of the season the weekend of the 14th and 15th. It had its ups and downs. Saturday the 14th could be summed up in one word: RAIN! All day and most of the night. The weather guessers were off by about 8 hours on their predictions so what should have cleared up by 11 or 12 o'clock was still around at the close of the waiver at 6 pm. However even with constant rain we still got off 37 flights. I have to thank Joe Cooney here for his will to launch in whatever. He put out his own pad and launch array and went at it. I believe he logged 17 flights himself. This convinced others and I believe we had 5 fliers that day. Joe Cooney, Mark Howe, Lou Bragg and Katie's nephews Justin and Gentry Schumacher. It was mainly a model day with only a few dips into mid power. Joe flew a myriad of birds including an upscale Deuces Wild, a scratch Mean Machine, Mini Velociraptor and an Aerotech Mustang. Mark had his usual collection of OOP kits that flew nicely. I flew my Lil Nuke on a G40 donated by Brett Simpkins. Thanks much Brett! Justin and Gentry each flew their rockets until they were so water logged and broken they wouldn't fly anymore. Oh well time to get new ones! That was about it for Saturday. I bailed around 6 pm and nearly wrecked my truck during a vicious downpour that had me hyroplaning until just outside of Wandemere. I woke up Sunday to partly cloudy skies with the sun just itching to get through. And boy DID IT EVER! About 10am we were looking up into nearly cloudless blue skies with very little wind. It was time to fly some big stuff. I wasted no time prepping Post Office Special to fly on an I211W. I was using Bob's tower launcher and I must say he has me almost converted! Absolutely straight ripping boost with deployment handled by the Perfectflite. A main at 500 feet set it down nicely just a few hunred feet into the wheat. Easy recovery and an altitude of 3311 feet. After that great flight I settled down and called a flier's meeting. After getting that out of the way it was back to launching. The racks were nearly full all day. Lots of low, mid and high power rockets of all sizes were launched. Some noteworthy ones were Brett Simpkins Nuclear Sledgehammer, Dave Glass' Goddard prototype, Hans Vogel's Fat Boy, Ray Stoner's Charm on yet another J350W, Bryon Schopps first dual deployment flight in his Excel Plus with an I161W Great job Bryon! Joe Cooney was at it once again with some more real neat birds. A 4E cluster rocket that just flew great every time. His upscale Deuce, an Onyx and many others. Kyle Lantzy and his family made the trip from Coeur Da lene, Idaho to attempt his Level 1 flight. Kyle had a PML Phobos that he called Senior Project and flew it on an H128W for a great cert flight! Gregory Ashworth had a heck of a neck snapping flight on his GLR Firestorm 54 loaded with an I 435T. He predicted around a 5400 foot flight and I am pretty sure he got all of that and maybe more. Brett Simpkins had another great flight this time with his Nuclear Stonebreaker on a CTI K445. At One, the igniter fired and immediately lit the motor and sent that big bird hurtling into the sky. I am pretty sure he hit 5000 to 6000 feet with that flight. I flew 3 more times that day. My Lil Nuke on an F40-10W, Post Office Special again this time on a more agressive I284W to 4432 feet that was also absoulutely straight out of Bob's tower and the last launch of the w eekend with a G64-10W in Some Spare Parts. All in all a great day to fly rockets. I must thank those who helped me pull this launch off. Bob, Marty, Ray and family, Bryon and Debbie and everyone who helped with RSO and LCO and set up and tear down of the range. Also big thank to Bill Munds of PSP for making the trek and selling us some much needed AP. Hope to see some of you in two weeks! Lou Bragg Launch Director

Posted by bobble at April 18, 2007 9:14 AM

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