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Wheatchex report Marty Weiser

June 9, 2008

We had a great turnout today with less than ideal conditions - rather breezy and some passing rain showers. The Midway Elementary 5th graders along with their teachers, parents, and other interested adults were present in force. I estimate that the 73 students got in close to 100 flights on their Alphas, stretch Alphas, and other rockets. After this well behaved crew cleaned up we held a raffle for about 10 kits that were donated by various SPARC and other rocketeers.
Bob Yanecek did a series of lectures at Midway this year along with some unknown amount of construction work. He also trained the teachers in previous years so they ran the launch once the SPARC crew set up. Launch director Joe Conney probably had the most flighst, but Mark Howe was not far behind. Dave Glass, Mark Lyons, Bryon Schoop, and I also put up a variety of demonstration flights. I put up my new Mosquito V (9X upscale) on an I195 and a J315 - the later was much anticipated by the kids after Bob showed them the pictures of Skeeter Eater Beater on top the car for my trip to Brothers a few years back. The I195 flight was very good to about 2000 ft. except for finding out I had the barbed wire and the electric fence connected when I latched the gate into Emerson's cow pasture. I almost missed the second flight on the J315 when the teacher at the LCO table started the countdown while I was still in the Port-a-potty. I had pointed the rail about 10 degrees into the wind to try to keep this flight on Emerson's land which resulted in a peak altitude of about 3000 ft. instead of 3600 ft. and a moderate zipper from the fairly high speed deployment. Easily fixed and reinforced so I can tag the K rung on the alphabet ladder with a K185. The weather forecast is a bit mixed, but it is supposed to have some good stretches. We hope you can come out and join the crew that is already on site and what we hope are several new flyers from the Midway crew. Marty

Posted by bobble at June 9, 2008 9:33 AM

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