February 11th Mill Springs Launch Report

On a mild but cloudy and sometimes breezy February afternoon thirty-seven participants accomplished a total of 123 flights at the Mill Springs launch.  With the wind direction holding steady down the length of the field many were not discouraged in attempting maximum low power altitudes even if it meant a bit of a walk to recover.  Those who came to observe were not disappointed.  Once again, Steve Bellio provided some mid-power excitement with his LOC EZI-65 authoritatively launched with a G74-6W and was also successful in launching his LOC Heavy Duty Beauty (mothership) with a cluster consisting of an E15-4 supplemented with six C11s (two staged) – it worked beautifully, but not sure how.  The crowd applauded.  Future aerospace tycoon Oliver Long sent his Estes Argent up on an E16-4 and Kevin Scholberg launched an Estes Nike Smoke on an E16-4 – a fun to watch scale model.  There were many other excellent flights and breath-holding moments.  The day of launches went smoothly and at a steady pace with many families providing encouragement and emotional support for the few rockets that will be staying behind at the field.
Motor ignition counts:

  • 1/2A – 10
  • A – 20
  • B – 49
  • C – 32
  • D – 10
  • E – 8
  • F – 3
  • G – 1

Event Photos provided by Kevin Boyd