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Joe Cooney launch report

May 12, 2014

First off, thanks to Alan for stepping up for the duty to put this launch together. A specials Congrats to Mark Howe, it has been a long while since someone has put up more flights than me.
. I think last time that happened, my daughter had a soccer game and I showed up after noon with one Rocket and TWO motors. Other than that sad fact, the launch was great and the weather was spectacular. Mixed clouds with Blue sky and Calm winds. Apparently I got 11 flights for the day, that has been my average for the last few years anyway. Pulled out two older Centuri Rockets for the launch. The first was the Centuri Magnum Jayhawk (1800-1983), flew it twice on a D12-3. Both flights were very nice boost and recovery. Time to hang it back up in the Rocket Room for another year or two. The other was an old (Feb 5, 1965) Centuri Javelin (nicknamed, "Old and in the Way") on a B6-6, Largest motor I have ever flown it on. Flew another old Estes Rocket a 1986 Estes Ranger (1955) on a C11-7. My Astron Sprint Clone on a C6-7 for a nice high flight, thanks to Alan for the tracking Chalk. I also flew my First Scratch built rocket, "Plum Crazy" a very simple 3FNC rocket painted Plum Crazy. Thanks to some help I was able to locate the rocket on the third trek out into the wheat. The first walk netted a nice cow skull and horns. Found an assembled F24-7 motor in my launch box and decided it was a good fit for "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues." A rocket I designed after I found a BT-80 nose cone at Joe Albi several years ago. The rocket flew better than last month and was recovered with all fins in tact. Had a first flight in my Estes Solar Probe clone, she still needs some painting though. All in all a very good day of flying and fun. I am Looking forward to next month and Midway Elementary School launch. I will be purchasing a few packs of E9's for that launch and plan on launching some of my bigger Cluster Rockets! Joe

Posted by bobble at May 12, 2014 6:43 AM

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