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November 1999 launch report (11/20/1999)

A nice day (for November) and a new launch site!

On Saturday, November 20, MASA members turned out for the inaugural launch at the new flying site near Rogers.  A good-sized, but not huge, group was on hand for many exciting launches.  Temperatures were in the 40's with a light wind.  This launch concluded the MASA flying season for the year.  The next scheduled launch will be in January.

Some Highlights:

The Fergus family had a number of nice flights.  An Edmonds CiCi went up twice for two very nice glides.  Their Quest Totally Tubular made another appearance and another great flight.  However, they also discovered that a 1/2A is a bit too wimpy for an Estes Nike Arrow.  Dave also flew his new scratchbuilt "Heavy Lifter" on D's for two very nice flights.

Quite a number of staged flights strove for serious altitude.  Alan Estenson, Mollie Frisvold, and Joe Kimmes all launched 2-stage Estes Longshots.  Later, Mollie also launched a Custom Sam-X on a C6-0; B6-4 combo.  Lee Frisvold flew his 2-stage Fat Boy twice on a D12-0; C6-5 combination for really neat flights.  Mark Thell showed us D to D staging with his Omega. Larry Schwartz brought out his 2-stage clustered Fat Boy.  4 of 5 C's ignited on the first stage, but by the time the D ignited in the upper stage, it was on a distinctly ballistic trajectory that put it on the other side of the neighboring horse farm.

Russ Durkee flew his Cuda R/C BG twice on D7's.  The first flight was a bit dicey due to control problems, but the second flight was beautiful.

Kerry Hodges brought along several of his vintage rockets.  He flew a Nike-X and an Andromeda both on C6-5's.  He swore that they were going to break, but they didn't!

Joe Kimmes showed everyone a great flight of his Estes Impulse on twin D12 power.  Alan Estenson put in a first flight on his new Blossom (a stretched V2) on a D12-3.  Glen Overby showed everyone how to do scale sounding rockets with his IQSY Tomahawk on an E18, Nike Smoke on a D12-5 and Aerobee 300 on a C6-5

John Knoll put in a great flight with his Mercury Atlas.  Unfortunately, his gorgeous NCR X-Wing suffered a terminal recovery problem after a great boost on a F62.  There were many, many pieces.  Sorry, John.

Carl Persson flew his "Humpty Dumbty" (Will he fly or will he die?) on a C6-3.  Carl also left everyone breathless with the launch of his seven D12 cluster "Saturn 7".  It was incredible!

Full launch tally (in Adobe Acrobat PDF form)

The totals were:  106 flights, 123 motors.  The cumulative total impulse was 1382 Ns with an average total impulse of 11.2 Ns.  The motor breakdown follows:

Type

# Burned

MicroMaxx 0

1/4A

4

1/2A

2

A

12

B

18

C

45

D

38

E

3

F

1

G

0

H

0

(Alan Estenson)

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