Launch Report

April 20, 2002
Billings, MT

Temp: Mid 40s.
Wind: 5 to 10 mph
Where: BLM land at 17 mile marker

Flights in order
Modified Estes Super Big BerthaG40-7W
Aerotech ArreauxG40-7W
Edmonds Deltie1/2A3-2T
Modified Estes Super Big BerthaH73-6J
Vaughn Bros. Javelin 4.0J350-W

Nice crowd for the second BSRA launch of the year. The weather was great in the morning, but after noon the wind got worse and it started snowing/raining around 2pm. My first launch was the Super Big Bertha on a G40-W. It was a nice flight and delay. Next was the Arreaux on another G40-W. I tried the Deltie boost glider on a 1/2A motor, but the delay was short and the glider tangled with the shock cord on the boost pod. Then I flew the Super Big Bertha again, this time on a H73-6J. I flew the Javelin on a J350-W for a nice flight. The dual deployment worked as planned. The IA-X96 reported 2,856 feet. After the light snow turned to drizzle and rain I called it a day.

Launch photos by John Holderith.

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