|The TARC teams of the day - Jurassic TARC is at left with the Falcon |
Rocketeers on the right (Click to enlarge).
|Summary of today's 4 practice flights (Click to enlarge).|
|The Gray Ghost lifts off on its last flight of the day|
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|War Eagle soars into the sky yet again (Click to enlarge).|
Back to the launch... I had brought a C6-3 for Duane's Death Star, which was going to be the star in one of my videos - naturally, he forgot the rocket. However, I did bring along my Little Beth X-2 for my one and only flight of the day. This time, I set my normal wimp tendencies aside and almost went for broke with 2 B4-2's and a C6-0 in the booster, and a B6-4 in the sustainer (you knew there had to be a B6-4 in there somewhere, didn't ya?). After taping my keychain camera to the rocket, I placed it on the pad and started snapping off pics as Duane did the count; our visitor began to capture video on his phone. All three booster motors roared to life and Little Beth shot off the pad like a bat out of Hades. Booster separation and second stage ignition occurred without a hitch, and she kept going up, up, up. As I watched, I was thinking that there was NO WAY I was going to ever put a C6-7 in that upper stage, as we were barely able to keep the rocket in sight. The green parachute deployed, and the rocket slowly began to drift towards the ground. I was a little worried about the tree line, but the rocket gods did smile upon me and allowed my white and black beauty an honorable landing upon the field.
|Little Beth blasts off on 3 booster motors (Click to enlarge).|
And here are some select frames:
|Ignition (Click to enlarge)!|
|The road below... (Click to enlarge)|
|2nd stage ignition (Click to enlarge).|
|Under parachute (Click to enlarge).|