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Mark Howe Launch Report

October 8, 2007

Great weather...great flights...few participants...that about sums it up. After being shut-out of local launching due to fire-danger over the last 3 months, it was a welcome relief to finally punch holes in the sky once again.
I only made it to day-1 of the scheduled 2-day launch. I don't think more than 15 people were on site during the first day (10/06), but those who did NOT make it to the launch really lost out. It was a great day for flying! I arrived about 9:45AM to find the range totally set-up, thanks to Terry, Bob, his dad Earl, and Joe Cooney. I ran the LCO table for the majority of the day, and still managed to put up a dozen bird. (This was a paltry sum compared to Joe Cooney, who launch 35 rockets on this day!) I brought "almost" nothing buy "D's" with me for this launch, (Single Stage, Multi-Stage, Clusters, and Gliders), here is the breakdown of what I flew:. 01) Edmonds Delti on an A3-4T...the glider got snagged in the booster pod recovery system when the ejection occurred, so it turned into a "tumble recovery" model. 02) Modified Phoenix on a D12-3. The lower fin can was removed due to a previous CATO. I added nose weight and rocket flew fine, but cracked a fin on landing. 03) Super Nova Payloader on a D12-5. Nothing spectacular on this flight... 04) Delta Clipper (upper stage only) on a D12-7. Thanks to Allen Roberts for spotting the rocket for me...with the high boost I really couldn't see it until he pointed it out to me in the sky. 05) Edmonds DeeCee Thunder. Nice flight/glide on a D12-3 06) Saturn-V on a pair of D12-3's. One of the 3 chutes refused to open, but the rocket was recovered without damage. 07) Silver Comet on a D12-3. Nothing special to report about this flight. 08) Mean Machine, CHAD staged using a D12-0 and D12-5...nice flight as always with this engine combination. 09) Longshot using a D12-0 and B6-6 combination. Good altitude, and easy recovery since I used a streamer. 10) Edmonds Twin Thunder on a D12-3. Two glider setup. Thanks to Katy for tracking one of the gliders for me! 11) Optima on a D12-3. Standard flight 12) Outlander on a AT 18mm RMS D13-4W. Very nice boost for this bulky/draggy rocket. It really shouldn't have been designed for an 18mm "C" motor! I had another 5 rockets with me but just didn't have time to get them in the air, so I'm already partially prepped for the next launch! ;-) Observations: Joe had two to four rockets on practically every rack we flew. I'm amazed he is able to remember where all of them land! He also has some rather interesting engines...the ejection charges on some of them were really energetic. One actually dis-assembled his quark! Lou Brag had a couple of nice (and the only) high power flights of the day. Terry put up a couple of models, and had an crazy flight on his Screamin Mimi using an AT reloadable. The Cavanaughs showed up and had some nice flights as well. Their upscale "Space Ship One" was very nice. They also had a renegade that flew a couple of times. The booster on the Renegade has a tendency to return in a ballistic fashion...not the first time I've seen this happen with this model! Emerson, our land owner, made an appearance late in the afternoon, and got to see Lou's J540-R flight. He's such a great guy! I wasn't able to make the 2nd day of the event, but I'm pretty sure the best weather was on Saturday. Thanks! Best regards, Mark W. Howe

Posted by bobble at October 8, 2007 8:07 AM

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