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Joe Cooney October launch report

October 30, 2011

What a great day for the last launch of the year at SPARC. Weather was perfect for pushing the upper limits of field and the show was most spectacular, although I did not hear what the exact high temp for the day was, it was plenty warm enough. Got to the launch site at around 0830 and started setting up my rockets.
Prepped my first dual deploy flight, a modified LOC Starburst to fly on 29mm motors. Marty was nice enough to perform Launch Control duties early and he started the day off on the D pads, so I got first flight of the day around 10 or so. From there on it was go time. I cannot remember a time when the D pads got so much use at one of our launches. There were twenty flights from our "D" pads today!! Thanks to all who were nice enough to sit in for Launch control duties (Marty, Mark & Rob, sorry if I miss someone), with the "B" pads down, the "A" pads were being worked overtime. It was great to see a large crowd enjoying the day of flying, which lasted well after 4. As a whole we came up just short of 100 flights (but I think I am missing a few), but it was a very busy day anyway. There were 97 Flights Total We Used 109 Motors: (C & E were the motor of choice with 21, D was one shy with 20) First Flight: Myself Most Flights: Myself with 17 (My legs felt good enough to walk today, although when I got home I realized I may have over done it) First Flight: Ireland A, Quest T minus 5 Rocket, she came out to watch her uncle fly some big rockets (later in the day, she was still carrying that rocket with her) Junior Level 1: Although I know for a fact we had a Successful Jr Level 1 Flight, the flight card is missing or not marked as such. Largest Motor: Rob Emanuele Cesaroni K454 (Very Nice Flight Rob, I'm glad the weather cooperated) Last Flight of the Year: Doug Powers, Thanks for closing out our flying season. There were many entertaining flights today, unfortunately some of them were mine. I think I had fouled chute, one land shark, and one auger in. The highlight of my day was flying Jack O'Cooney. I spent the last two months rebuilding him from last years crash (which can be viewed on youtube). He was upgraded with electronics and they performed well as he head blew off spilling candy and the chute deployed bringing him slowly and safely down for a perfect landing just behind the low power pads standing tall. A small gust of wind finally spilled him over, a special thanks to the genius of Marty, who built Jack two years ago. Great flight and he will back next year ready to go again October 27, 2012 just before the end of the world. So our flying season comes to an end and I will be ready to go come spring, with several new rockets recently added to my collection and some old flyers as well. I have another dual deployment rocket almost finished, a 4" Baby Bertha and a 3" Deuce is Wild. So thanks to all of you who made this last launch possible and looking forward to seeing everybody next year. Joe

Posted by bobble at October 30, 2011 5:41 AM


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