|The "Black Pearl" heads up the rod in a spectacular fashion. Image|
taken by one of the Falcon Rocketeers (Click to enlarge).
|Some Falcons unpacking gear as Jurassic TARC preps "Stars" in the background (Click to enlarge).|
|The Falcon Rocketeers ready the Black Pearl for flight (Click to enlarge).|
|My Generic is ready for launch (Click to enlarge).||Duane's Cherokee-D lifts off|
(Click to enlarge).
|The Polar-1 clears the rod (Click to enlarge).||Duane's School Rocket on an E9 (Click to enlarge).|
|My Mars Snooper clears the rod on its first flight (Click to enlarge).|
|The Helios gets moving on a C11 (Click to enlarge).|
Helios staging sequence in slow motion
Duane still had a couple more rockets to launch. He loaded up his old champion TARC bird, "The Beast" with an ancient F Black Jack composite. The bird left the pad trailing more smoke than a 60's smokestack. The final flight involved his Estes Leviathan, which rocketed off the rail on an F52; it snapped a fin on landing, the only casualty in the non-TARC flights. I accidentally obtained an interesting shot of the blast deflector glowing blue while being hit by the F52's exhaust. very unexpected and very cool!
|The Beast rides a plume of black smoke into the sky (Click to enlarge).|
|The blast deflector glows blue as the F52 begins to push the Leviathan upward (Click to enlarge).|