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Joe Cooney Launch report

October 30, 2016

If you read the Weather Report and decided to stay home, with Patchy Fog till 11 am, followed by showers starting around 11 am (60% Chance of Rain). You missed out on some great early morning flying weather. Sunny skies, calm winds, lots of rockets and the Cub Scout pack to boot. Great last launch for me, glad I decided to go all in on it. Flying was great, we had 46 individual flyers, most of them pre teen for sure. Nothing better than a wheat field full of rockets and screaming kids having some fun. Here are the breakdowns: 46 Flyers 84 Flights 87 Motors 5140 ns Total Impulse (Barely "M") A8-3's ruled the day accounting for 25 flights J350 Largest Motor - Joe Cooney 11 Flights - David Glass (Congrats David!) What the He!!, I go level 2, fly the biggest motor on the last two launches and now I cant get past 5 flights for the day. Highlights for me, I raffled off about another 15 rockets and gave away a few extra to boot. I am moving into a 1200 square foot house on the Chesapeake Bay, half of it porch. No place for 300+ rockets. Sad for me, good for those lucky enough to get one of those gems I handed out. Low Lights, in 2009, somewhere in Marty's mind he designed and then built Jack O'Cooney. Flew him that year on a large "I" motor, with a 1 second delay. Next year I flew him on a large "I" motor with a short delay. Too long by a few seconds anyway. Jack crashed in the field and needed major repairs to his head and neck. I upgraded him with a electronics and in 2011 he flew great, electronics went off and the chute opened. Jack drifted down and laded on his feet, this is how I will remember him. A year or two later I flew him again, this time the electronics didn't work. Again he suffered damage to his spine, as he landed pretty flat. Put him back together again but never flew him again, due to low turn out or poor weather. Either way he has been sitting around waiting to fly again. This year I did another upgrade and added some plexiglass to his legs for more stability in flight. Marty supplied me with a J350 a few years back so I decided he was going up on that. The altimeter was checked in my vacuum chamber and seemed to be working fine. I loaded him up and away we went. Everything went as planned. The motor was a bit on the old side and took quite a bit to get it to light. Jacked jumped off the pad under a good boost to several hundred feet, arced over and came at the flightline, no ejection charges going off. Jack crashed just short of the trash pit south of the flightline, totally destroyed. His hip and legs are still there in the pile. From time to time, you can look over there and see his bleached white legs hanging out among the rusty roof panels. Sad end old friend. Fitting in a way, that I finally got the downscale version complete, the fins are an exact replica (courtesy of Uncle Sam's Xerox machine and an 8 hour shift at $25 an hour). Years from now stories will be told about a crazy skeleton flying in the fields around Spokane, Washington. When the days were getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping. Right around Halloween, a skeleton with a pumpkin head and fire burning out his butt, would leap into the air for a short time, distributing candy for kids. Thanks for the memories, not to mention the experience I gained flying him. Take good care of his cousin Bud Weiser. While I might not get to attend many launches with SPARC in the future it has been my pleasure to fly with guys since November 2005.

Posted by bobble at October 30, 2016 6:40 AM

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