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Joe Cooney Launch Report

May 11, 2009

Weather was perfect both days, even if I spent most of Saturday watching my daughter play soccer. I got there late Saturday sometime around four in the afternoon. Judging form the flight card stack, Saturday was extremely busy.
Most of the fliers had already packed up and left so the flightline was rather empty. I even scored a good parking area close to the pads (cuts down on walking). I pulled out the old reliable Pride of Cucamonga, my Mean Machine Clone, readied it for my first launch. I had some catching up to do with stories abound of a father and son who put up 25 flights earlier in the day. Congrats to Vince & Sean for wearing out the equipment. They flew some pretty cool rockets too, I would have liked to seen their Pemberton Kraken. I only managed to get 17 rockets into the air on Saturday, flying cut short for a great Lasagna dinner, courtesy of Ann Y. My last few flights were recovered by a brother sister who lived near by. There dad showed up in a little 4 wheeler and gave me a ride back to the launch area. They returned the Sunday and helped Prep and Launch two more of my flights. It is always nice to talk to the neighbors who live around the field and share rocketry with young kids. Food was great, thanks again Ann for preparing the Lasagna. After dinner I launched the last of my two flights, both small spool rockets. One on an A10 the other on a D12, everybody settled in around the fire by Bob. I had to leave around 9 to pick up my Dog Bandit, (He hates Rockets, but loves running the field), by the time I got back, everyone had called it a night. Coyotes hollered all night long and kept Bandit whimpering for a shot at going outside. Sunday morning I awoke around 7:30 and took Bandit for a walk and then took him home so I would not have to deal with him during the launch. With more great weather and practically no wind to speak of I pulled out an old Estes Scissor Wing Transport and let her rip on a B6-4, landed safely after a nice glide on the far side of the flightline. I also broke out my Storm Caster and let that go on an E9-8. Nice high flight with a short recovery. Next was Bad Bertha on an E9-8, nearly lost sight of it, but again recovery was close by. I had made repairs to my CC Express during the night (drilled hole in booster and glued fin back on) and decided to fly it again to see if I would have better luck. Worked as advertised so I figured a D12-0 to E9-8 should be good. I fell short of the 60 rockets I prepped for flight but still managed a full two days of flying. All in all there were 30 fliers accounting for 140 flights (98 on Saturday & 42 on Sunday), total impulse was about 5050ns (just shy of a small “M”). Here is the breakdown: Most Flights -- Joe Cooney, 32 Most Flights in one day -- Vince & Sean, 24 Most Flights by Kit -- Estes Big Daddy, 8 Most Flights by One Rocket -- Der Red Max (Terry Moore-Read and his Daughter Brianna & Son Jon) accounted for 6 flights Highest Impulse -- Ray Stoner “I284” Most Impulse -- Marty Weiser 1068ns, Joe Cooney 1028ns & Ray Stoner 621ns There were 8 Cluster Flights -- 3 two motor clusters, 3 three motor clusters, and 2 four motor cluster flights. There were 10 two stage flights, some of them were CHAD staged. 27 different motors used this weekend: 15 A’s A10 -- 4 A3 -- 1 A6 -- 2 A8 -- 8 21 B’s B4 -- 6 B6 -- 15 48 C’s C6 -- 42 C11 -- 6 40 D’s D12 -- 40 22 E’s E9 -- 20 E18 -- 2 8 F’s F12-- 1 F23 -- 2 F27 -- 3 F40 -- 1 F50 -- 1 4 G’s G38 G40 G71 G80 4 H’s H97 H220 H238 H242 3 I’s I195 I284 I366

Posted by bobble at May 11, 2009 5:13 AM

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