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Dave Glass launch report

May 8, 2016

The 5/7 launch turned out to be much better than weather predictions indicated---- I was expecting (and dreading) 10-15 mph winds, but it turned out to be relatively calm. Can't say the same for the temperature, which attained expected highs, but I'll take that over gale-force winds any day. Turnout was also pretty good with the arrival of several Boy Scouts and the current or former students of Dr. Weiser (sorry, Marty, I still get this amused/confused/bemused look on my face when I hear that!). The highlight of the day was their launch of a frikkin' BBQ grill---you just had to be there to believe and appreciate the nearly (some fin issues) perfect flight. Personally, it was a mixed bag---the 7 of 11 planned flights resulted in one crushed water tower lid, two broken fins, and two loose fins. Not to mention the total shred of a rocket flown on an F10, which I thought would be a slow and gentle push. Not so much, and not helped by some rather exotically-shaped fins. Despite all that, I was generally pleased with the results, as I somewhat pushed the envelope with larger and/or unknown (out of production) motors. Still restricted in mobility, I had to rely on the kindness of fellow rocketeers to rack and recover (altho I was able to set up on the LP racks)--- thanks again, guys. And thanks Marty, for the LD duties!

Posted by bobble at May 8, 2016 5:35 PM


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