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Joe Cooney Launch report

May 14, 2012

What a great day for flying and talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire. Congrats to Mark on pulling off an awesome launch. This despite the fact that our usual launch area was freshly plowed and planted. A little searching helped up find a patch of real estate to set up the launch area and a good thing too as this well could be the most attended SPARC Launch ever. I can remember launches with lots of vehicles, but I have never seen a launch where we had to form a line to organize the model pads, how great is that! Two separate but equally enthusiastic groups of kids converging upon a wheat field for a Mother's Day Launch. There was a group of Scouts from up on the South Hill, who invited me out to help them assemble both Baby Bertha's and Big Bertha's late last month and added to that was an Awana group flying Alpha III's. The unofficial, total vehicle count was just over 40, and you couldn't ask for any better weather for family fun and flying.
Personally I think I only had 7 flights total, while a low number for me. I started the morning off helping the scouts get motors loaded and rockets prepped for their flights. Overall it was a blast for me to see so many kids flying rockets, I hope to see some of them again at future launches. I stated off with a three motor cluster up-scaled Big Bertha rocket and followed that up with my 4" diameter Baby Bertha on an I161, the second flight for that rocket with an easy recovery. I also managed to put the Pride of Cucamonga up on an E18-7 for a nice spirited flight. I also pulled out Bad Bertha and A to E Flat Jam, "E" motor modified Big Bertha and Baby Bertha rockets, nice high flights. The second best thing about having that many kids around was I didn't have to walk far to get any of my rockets, as one or two of them very enthusiastically retrieved all my rockets for me. Another highlight was I also put up my FIRST ever SNITCH flight on a C6-0. I only wish I could have stayed around a little longer, mostly to watch Mark launch his Noodle Rocket out of Bob's tower. That photo would have been priceless, but no joy on two attempts and I had to go pick up my daughter. But I did manage to get 40 photos of the rocket sitting in the tower. (I tried to send it but it is just large) Lastly, I would also like to thank the club for the check to reimburse my expenses on building a new launch controller, it is greatly appreciated and I truly enjoyed the experience of designing and building a launch controller. So, thank you for the opportunity for me to be of service. Joe

Posted by bobble at May 14, 2012 5:46 AM


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