|Flyers begin to assemble for the pre-launch briefing (Click to enlarge).|
|Members of a college team waiting their turn to launch (Click to enlarge).|
Let's start off with Chuck's flight of his Dynasoar Fireball XL-5. Frank Burke makes these beautiful kits, and I only wish had the RC skills to fly them (I learned long ago I can only handle things in ballistic trajectories). The XL-5 put in a superb flight, echoing that of the Star Trek-themed U.S.S Orion, which was Chuck's first of the day. True to form, he switched to flying a couple of planes as the day wore on, much to the enjoyment of the folks away from the flight line.
|Chuck's Fireball XL-5 in flight (Photo by Patrick Morrison - Click to enlarge).|
|Chuck shows off his flying skill (Photo by Patrick Morrison - Click to enlarge).|
|John Kraieski's rocket in flight (Photo by Drew Hardwick - Click to enlarge).|
|Josh's Y-Wing in flight (Photo by Patrick|
Morrison - Click to enlarge).
|Josh's Deuce begins to arc over (Photo|
by Patrick Morrison - Click to enlarge).
Vince converted a Pegasus Apollo 27 plastic model for flight. When asked by the LCO if it was to be a "Heads Up" flight, he responded with a negative. My comment was "All plastic model conversions are heads up flights." Even though it was a bit underpowered, the Apollo 27 was quite stable in the air; however, my words proved to be prophetic when nothing came out at ejection, leaving the model to shatter upon impact with the ground. I felt sympathy for Vince - he had obviously put a lot of work into that build.
|Vince's Apollo 27 leaves the rod (Photo by Patrick Morrison - Click to enlarge).|
|A Falcon 9/Dragon model heads skyward (Photo by Patrick Morrison - Click to enlarge).|