Weather: High-80s and humid (by early afternoon), wind slightly breezy
Total flights: Today - 12 ; YTD - 78
Total motors: Today - 13 ; YTD - 98
This was my first NARAM and it didn't disappoint! Good weather and good folks make for fun rocketry. There was a large vendor area with plenty of room for us easy-up-challenged fliers. I was surprised it didn't fill very quickly. I saw a bunch of people I knew and a bunch who I'd only met on-line or by ordering from them. I sat next to Jack Hagerty, author of the Spaceship Handbook. He flew several vintage rockets including an Astron Ranger. I met Vern and Gleda Estes, but only saw Lee Piester and Bill Stine from afar. Astronaut Walt Cunningham was at the Launch Magazine booth. I made the faux pas of asking for a signature on a rocket. Evidently signatures were supposed to be reserved for copies of his latest book in audio format. Still, he signed my Estes Strike Fighter anyway. I did, of course, spend money, buying a Roachwerks X-20 DynaSoar nosecone kit for BT-60, a Ellis G20 (now OOP), and a couple of Roadrunner F motors (not available in this area).
- Hat of Death on a G77 - Now it's not only bad, it's nationwide :)
- Fireball XL5 on a G77-4 - Nice under power but very wiggly thereafter. Good recovery. Lots of people complimented me on this sci-fi themed rocket.
- Ringer on a G76-4 - For the first time I noticed the green flame! Delay was closer to a -6 but it recovered just fine.
- Art Applewhite Stealth D5 on, of course, a D5-P - This spun fast and arced a lot during boost, but was way up there.
- Art Applewhite Helix D5 on a D5-P - Nice long duration but it turned sideways with the breeze. It was high enough but was still under power on the way down. The D5 burned through by its nozzle.
- Art Applewhite Helix 24mm on an E9-4 - Nice flight with comments about mowing the lawn :) It spun on the way down too.
- Art Applewhite Double Helix 24mm on two E9-4's - This was a really cool, high flight with ejection at apogee. Ejection of one of 2 motors that is. One burned through so badly that it damaged the body and evidently the motor's ejection charge exited though the hole.
- Golden Scout on an A8-3 - Nice boost into the sun. Lost. I need to log the flight with Semroc.
- Mirror Image on an E18-4 - Very straight flight with a slow spin. Ejection was NC down. The gliders looped slowly and one looked like it didn't want to come down. It landed behind some trees on the vendor/flier tent (where the lost and found also happened to be!).
- Shrox SHX-15 on a C11-3 - Nice, but uneventful.
- Estes Strike Fighter on a B6-4 - Nice up and down. Now probably retired given that Walt signed it.
- Model Minutes XFLR-7 on a C11-3 - I love the slow, rolling, arrow straight boost on this rocket! Lots of people gawked at this one too. Too bad it's OOP.