However, the gathering at the Research Park field last Saturday was as big as any regional. Liberty Middle's Team Orion was there, along with some teams we don't see very often - Tanner, Russellville, and Huntsville Middle. Vince, our local NAR representative, also found the time to come out and join me, Woody, and Nate (Duane was on vacation with his family in the Redneck Riviera). As you would expect, there were a lot of TARC flights - practice and qualification. There were also quite a few non-TARC rockets launched - 59 flights in about 4 hours, making it roughly the equivalent of one of our club launches at Manchester. It was a busy day!
|Liberty Middle's Team Orion poses with the Jupiter V (Click to enlarge).|
Huntsville Middle put in a practice, but their sustainer came in ballistic. The rocket was damaged, putting them out of action for the day. Hopefully, they can rebuild and get their qualification flights done this weekend.
|Tanner's rocket takes to the air on a qualification flight|
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|The "Golden Rat" leaves the pad on a practice flight|
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The Russellville team made a couple of practice flights with their rocket - a nekkid bird they called the "Golden Rat." It was a rat in name only - after the practice rounds, the rocket turned in 2 fabulous qualification flights with 8 and 12 scores. These remain the best qual flights in Huntsville so far this year. Even though their 3rd qualification score was a more run-of-the-mill 34.4, Russellville's first two flights were so good that I feel confident that they are heading to Nationals in May. A truly outstanding performance!
|TARC flights made on March 21. Green indicates qualification flight (click to enlarge).|
|Rocket #2 makes its last qual flight of 2015 (Click to|
|Roll Tide's last beauty shot before being crunched|
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|Roll Tide after its ill-fated flight (Click to enlarge).|
|TARC flights made on the evening of March 25. Green indicates qualification attempt (Click to enlarge).|
Tanner's TARC rocket lifts off on a Smokey Sam composite motor.
Jurassic TARC's Rocket #2 blasts off in a sunset launch.