Rather unexpectedly, we were blessed with near perfect weather - sometimes a little overcast, some sunshine and what little breeze there was tended to be 'thermal generated' and of variable direction. Lots of guys - flyers and onlookers - arrived in the afternoon and it was great to meet up with not a few old friends, like Lee Richardson, who we hadn't seen for a good few years. A day to remember!
Our small but stalwart band of regular rocketeers included Andy Blackwell, Daniel Rackstraw, Chris Richards, Howard Metcalfe and John Emmet. Together, we ensured there were smoke trails in the air pretty much continuously. Daniel and Andy in particular were indefatigable and I was pleased Andy was able to trim out Chris's unique Mig 15 and Lavochkin La-17 models:
both Chris Richards' models feature an internal L-2 firing into an augmenter tube. Andy (on the right) spent much time trimming them and was rewarded with some wonderful flights. They look, and sound, great in the air.
Daniel flew many models many times. Here he is with his ever-reliable Flitzer (1&2) a Space Jet (3) (which, on several occasions, he was lucky he didn't lose in one of the rgular thermals. The T-38 (4) also flew well. Hint
: if you want a spectaculr flight, launch your model into lift, not sink!
It was great to see Howard there. His Harrier, Gnat, B-47 and, in particular, Valiant, flew splendidly with his stash of vintage Rapier L-2 motors. His Concorde, too, was great fun:
this is the first time I've seen Howard's new Concorde (left). Daniel helped him with a catapult launch (right, top and bottom)). Howard pulled way back on the elastic, PING!
and nd away it went, fortunatly missing Daniels ear. It (Howard's Concorde, not Daniels ear) still needs a little more trimming ( I opined the drinks trolley needed, perhaps to be moded a little forward
) but it looked splendid in the air.
My first flight of the day was one of the best: The Venerable Viper went spetacularly well with a 320 mN TSP L-2:
the Viper on its way to the stratosphere and I was lucky Andy was on retrieval duties. Rob Smith sent me this Facebook photo (thank you, Rob!)