Flight Log for 27 June 1998, 60 Acres Park, Redmond, WA

Partly sunny, wind 2-5 N, changing to 5-15 NW by end of launch.
Model Flt 
#
Recovery Type Motor Comments
Cherokee-D (2)
15
12" plastic parasheet Estes B4-4 The standard excellent flight from this reliable bird; not too high, and a short recovery walk.
Cherokee-D (2)
16
12" plastic parasheet Quest C6-5 Another perfect flight, another close recovery, and another instant ignition with the Tiger Tail II igniter.  The only thing I can figure with the problems others have with these is that they're trying to ignite them with the Quest controller or other 6V, low-current source.  On 12V, they've been absolutely reliable for me.
Bertha-24
43
12" plastic parasheet w/ spill and vents Estes D12-0/D12-7 CHAD staged This flight was way high -- not quite as much so as the flight on an E6 at NSL, but still most likely over 1500 feet (even with early ejection due to lack of a -9 delay in the D12 line).  The rocket was stable with the booster motor mounted to the nozzle end of the standard one, and only weathercocked slightly upwind -- just enough to bring it back to the field less than 200 feet from the launch pads for a beautiful flight.
Bertha-24
44
12" plastic parasheet w/ spill and vents Quest C6-5 Launched during a lull in the breeze, this was a perfectly vertical flight with ejection just at apogee turnover -- picture perfect.
Cherokee-D (2)
17
12" plastic parasheet w/ spill and vents Estes D12-7 The up part was wonderful -- but at ejection, the snap-swivel holding the nose cone to the shock cord broke, allowing the body to fall (fortunately, in a stalled condition that prevented damage) while the nose and parachute drifted about 1/4 mile.  Given the number of fences and blackberry brambles in the way, I elected to call it lost and purchased a BT-55 nose cone package on the way home to use in replacing the lost part.
Alpha
5
12" plastic parasheet w/ spill and vents Estes A8-5 The Alpha is another of the "old reliable" designs, and can be depended on to give a good flight every time on a wide range of motors.  I find it gives a very pleasing flight without going too high on the A8-5 -- a motor I'm going to miss badly when my stock runs out.  This was yet another perfect flight.
Alpha
6
12" plastic parasheet w/ spill and vents Estes A8-5 Still another "ho, hum" perfect flight.
Bertha-24
45
12" plastic parasheet w/ spill and vents Quest C6-5 One more perfect flight on the "stealth Energizer bunny" of my fleet.


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