Launch Report

July 25, 1998
Billings, MT

Temp: 80 to 90
Wind: 5 mph
Where: BLM land at 17 mile marker

Flights in order
Estes Big BerthaC6-5
Estes Black Brant IID12-5
Estes Silver CometF37-6W
THOY PhoenixI161-10W
Binder Design IrisJ275-10W
Estes Silver CometG75-6J
LOC Hi-Tech H45I161-10W
Big Bertha 3 (Astron Ranger)C6-5
Estes Alpha IIIC6-5
LOC EZI 65J180-10T

Nice weather, and my first launch with my new Yellow Jacket launch pad. First launches were the Big Bertha and the Black Brant II, both flights were nominal. Next launch was the rebuilt Silver Comet on a F37, nice flight. Then came the first flight of the THOY Phoenix on an I161-10W. I drilled the delay some, but the delay was still a little long, otherwise a nice flight. Broke one rear fin off, cracked the joint on another, when it landed. The wind calmed, and I launched the Iris on a J275-10W. A perfect flight and delay. Next up was the Silver Comet again, this time on a G75-6J. Excellent flight, cracked part of a fin fillet on landing. The Hi-Tech flew on its first I motor flight to 4971 feet (my waiver is for 5000 ft). I flew the Big Bertha 3 on a C6-5 cluster, but only two motors lit. It flew nice anyway. Then came the Alpha III on a C6-5. Final flight was the EZI-65 on a J180-10T, a perfect flight.

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