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Mark Howe Launch Report

May 11, 2014

“I finally beat Joe in # of flights”! It was close...and it has been quite awhile since I captured the coveted “most flights” title. I flew 12 rockets ranging from a Ninja on an A3-4T motor to a Estes Patriot on a cluster of 4 D12-7’s (which equates to a F48-7).
My only staged flight was a B6-0 / C6-0 combo in “Frick & Frack”, a flying saucer/UFO based model. The “Port-A-Potty” went up on a C6-3 and landed standing up...a first for me. I only flew one set of gliders, my Estes F-22 Air Sup fighter kit which I modified to carry two F-22’s. I used an AT 18mm D13-4 reloadable motor which supplied the required kick this draggy rocket needs. It is rather anemic with the stock C6-3 motor with just a single glider. The gliders deployed a bit early, shortly after motor burnout as opposed to when the ejection charge fired. One glided nicely but the other needs a bit of trimming. All three pieces (2 gliders & the booster) landed within 25’ radius...another first for me! I flew my Gemini DC on B6-2 and finally got both chutes to deploy out of the backward facing side pods, but with the extra shock cord I added they did not have a chance to unfurl and I “stuck” the landing with the nose buried in the soft dirt. Next time I’ll try a “C”. I used my Jolly Logic altimeter to capture data from 5 different flights. This is a great little device that is the size of a USB thumb drive. It will fit into a 18mm diam (or larger) rocket and records 10 different flight statistics. Not surprising, my partriot with the 4xD cluster went the highest at 792’. Marty had the BEST glider flights of the day...his Edmonds Ci-Ci seemed to stay up in the air forever! After experimenting with a few different motor sizes we have determined that the optimal motor for this glider is a B4-2 or B4-4. Dave Luders brought his fleet of rockets built entirely of LEGO building pieces. Some were stable, some not so much...but reentry was always a thrill since it’s a tad hard to deploy chutes or streamers from these unique creations. Kudos also go to Dave for binging his Pop-Up tent trailer with bathroom facilities as a replacement for the Porta-Potty that couldn’t be delivered in time for the launch. Joe showed up late and brought the good weather with him, as usual! The afternoon flying was sensational. Lots of other flights...too many to list here. Attendance was less than last months April launch but a good time was had by all. We had the range torn down by ~4:30 and headed home. Next up on the schedule is FITS in Mansfield over Memorial Day weekend, then Midway Elementary sometime the 2nd week of June.

Posted by bobble at May 11, 2014 2:08 PM

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