Weather: 61 degrees, sunny, wind 10-20mph
Total flights: Today - 6; YTD - 9
Total motors: Today - 6; YTD - 9
Motors by class YTD: MMX-1, A-2, C-1, E-1, F-4
The temperature was perfect but the wind was a bit strong, tending toward the high end of the indicated range. There were a lot of long walks and many rockets bouncing along due to their ~20 MPH lateral speed. I scrubbed several planned launches.
- Estes Mega Mosquito on an F15-4 - The Mosquito weather cocked a bit into the heavy wind but the delay was spot on. The 24" 'chute brought it down across the ditch in the far field.
- Estes Super Alpha on an E16-8 - This was a really high flight and ejection was a couple of seconds late. I lost sight of it as it crossed overhead. Despite using a streamer, it too landed in the far field. I never would have found it if there were as much as a few inches of growth.
- AeroTech Cheetah on an F15-4 - The Cheetah really fought the wind but the -4 worked out well. The streamer brought it back between the 'A' and 'B' racks. The short walk was appreciated.
- Spool Spinner on an F39 - The spinning occurred on the way up instead of on the way down. I suspect the blades between its plates caught the wind. I'll try again on a calmer day.
- Hat of Death on an F24 - This was my fourth AT 24/40 reload transplanted into a spent Estes 29mm case, and my first failure. The motor sputtered and the Hat flipped on end. That was my last 24/40 load so this experiment is over.
- AlaskaPaperModelWorks Saturn V on a C11-3 - This was a low flight but a good one. It will fly on a D12 next. After landing the wind almost blew it into the drainage ditch. One fin snapped because of the high lateral speed.
MDRA, ESL-190, a set on Flickr.