Launch Report

August 14, 1999
Billings, MT

Temp: 85 degrees.
Wind: 7 mph
Where: BLM land at 17 mile marker

Flights in order
Estes Alpha IIIC6-5
Estes Terrier/SandhawkE30-7T
Estes Silver Comet (#2)G33-7J
Nike SmokeJ570-W
Estes ManiacD12-5
Shadow #2G33-5J
Estes Silver Comet (#2)H97-10J
Rocket R&D 4" SandhawkJ415-W
Aerotech ArreauxG33-7J
Aerotech ArcasG64-7W
Estes Black Brant IID12-5

This was the fifth launch of Tripoli Montana, and I launched with Paul and Dan Mazel, Patrick DeWitt, and Kent Newman (visiting from Washington). I first flew my Alpha on a C6-5. Next was the Terrier/Sandhawk on a E30-7T. The chute did not open, but there was no damage. Then I flew Grant's Silver Comet #2 with a G33-7J for another nice flight. I launched the Nike Smoke on J570-W, and the AltAcc reported 2393 feet. Both off the launch lugs were torn off. Next was the Maniac on a D12-5. I then flew the Shadow #2 on a G33-5J. It had a nice flight, but the chute tangled. Fortunately there was no damage. Unfortunately, Grant's Silver Comet did not fair so well on its next (and last) flight. I flew it on a H97-10J, and it appeared to develop a slight wobble in the nose cone. It shredded back to the front centering ring. After the burial, I flew the 4" Sandhawk on a J415-W for a good flight. The RRC2 reported 4046 feet. Next was the Arreaux on a G33-7J for a nominal flight. Then I flew the Arcas on a G64-7W for a good flight. The last flight of the day was the Black Brant II on a D12-5 for a nominal flight.

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