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November 8, 2014 Amesbury Launch

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 I'll admit that I was somewhat less than optimistic when I arrived at the field at 9:30. It was cold and windy but at least it wasn't raining. Take a look at this time lapse video of range being set up and you'll see the flag flapping in the wind and the range crew dressed for winter. My fingers didn't warm up until the after launch debriefing at Acapulco's.  In spite of that we had quite a few fliers. In between taking pictures of Thingamajigs Jim Flis counted around 100 people. There were at least three TARC teams, a Cub Scout troop and an SLI team. The weather improved greatly in the afternoon as the temperature went up and the winds went down. We had around 275 flights. It was a "good" day for catos. Riley Stevens caught that photo on the left showing a triple E12 cato in one of Dan Wolman's rockets. There were several others. There are a few pictures in the gallery.
 

October 18, 2014 Amesbury-Never Say Never

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Trying to decide to hold the launch on Saturday or Sunday was a bit of a dilemma. The forecast for Saturday was relatively warm with a chance of showers and for Sunday it was colder and very windy. The morning WBZ forecast downplayed the rain so I decided to go for it. At lunch time I was feeling proud of myself for making that call. Then it started to rain with just enough thunder to make it interesting. The picture on the left shows the crowd in the  CMASS shelter (trailer). But being the steeley eyed missile men we are, we waited for it to stop and started flying agin. Then it started raining again, we paused until it stopped and started flying. Around the third rain/flying cycle someone mentioned that it would be a good day to fly a sparky. I okayed it and Jim Salem quickly scurried to the AMW trailer to buy one and it flew. There is photographic evidence in the gallery. We stopped stamping the flight cards at around 100 flights because the cards were too wet. We had somewhere between 150 and 200 flights including a couple of successful and one almost successful certification flights. I think we were off the field by 4:00 but not before getting wetter when it started to rain as we tore down the range.
Last Updated on Sunday, 19 October 2014 15:11
 
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