Skye Dance V was held on Sunday, November 10th, 1996. Skies were clear with southeast winds at 10 mph at the start of the waiver dropping off to calm by 4:30. Ten fliers logged 27 flights during the 4 1/2 hour waiver. A few highlights:
Billy Clark certified to level 2 with a J350 powering his scratch built "Texas #1"
. The rocket was built from LOC parts and weighed in at 6 pounds. The boost was absolutely straight, vertical, and fast with deployment occurring right at apogee. A great flight! Billy also flew his scratch built "Lone Star" on an I211, a Minnie Mag on a new I195, and his now famous "USA #1" on a traditional K1100. All flights flew and were recovered perfectly.
Larry Whitworth contributed 2 perfect flights to the day, the first being a LOC Viper IV on 2 F12s airstarting 2 D11s. The flight was perfect with the D11s firing just as the F12s burned out. Larry also flew his scratch built "Nebula", built from PML parts, on an Aerotech J415
to an altitude of 4614 feet. The two level deployment functioned perfectly with the main chute deploying at 250 feet.Chuck Sparks
was plagued with electronics problems with his two stager, "Divine Inspiration", so he elected to fly the two stages separately, "Divine" and "Inspiration". Pretty clever to design an upper section for a first stage so that it can be flown solo as a single stage rocket. "Divine", the upper stage, flew perfectly on an H123 and "Inspiration", which will be a first stage booster, flew perfectly on an I300
. Perhaps next launch we'll get to see the two fly together as a two stage. The Adept ALTS2 recorded a maximum altitude of 1587 feet for "Divine" on the H123, and a max altitude of 1487 feet for "Inspiration" on the I300. Since the I300 was initally planned as a booster, it had a short delay in it, resulting in deployment while the rocket was still coasting upward.
The "Flying Taylors" were once again present, with 7 flights between Rick and Anthony. Rick started the launch off with his Vaughn Brothers "Blobbo" on a D24, then later flew his PML Ariel on an I211 for a perfect, out of sight flight. The Adept RAS2 indicated a max altitude of 2907 feet at a peak velocity of 460 feet/sec. Later, demonstrating his level 2 skills, he pulled out his scratch built "Rufus", an 8 pound rocket built out of PML parts. Rufus boosted on a J415
straight and true into the blue, then ultilized 2 stage barometric recovery to land reasonably close. Peak altitude was 4920 feet at a max velocity of 618 feet/sec. Anthony flew his LOC Starburst on 2 F32s for a high speed out of sight flight, then flew his scratch built "3 plus 1" on 3 D12s. Only 2 of the D12s fired, but the flight still recovered perfectly.
Jeff Cook showed up with a new scratch built 29mm rocket, "Roswell". It flew twice on Aerotech G104 reloads. Jeff then won the "best fillets" first prize, an 8 year old Vulcan F80 Smokey Sam. Jeff suspiciously loaded the venerable old motor into "Slacker" for a perfect flight.
San Antonio Tripoli was present in force with Ken Kryszak and Bill Wagner driving up for the afternoon. Ken flew his "Zinger 5", a roko-chopter with a B6-0 and his "Thunderdog", a ductile rocket on a G33. Both were successful. Ken also had a great flight with his Fire Star Clone on a F22. Bill Wagner also flew 2 rockets, his Estes Venus Probe on a C6 and his Estes Pro Series Patriot on a F40. Also both successful.Stu Barrett brought his "Buck Rogers" rocket
loaded for bear....a core I435 airstarting 3 H124s. The "Buck Rogers" is a highly modified rocket which started life as a THOY kit. Liftoff weight was 7 pounds. Unfortunately, the I435 catoed on the pad, blowing the rocket apart
. Not to be outdone, one of the H124s managed to airstart (well.....it wasn't in the air at this point!) and put on a little low altitude sky-writing routine.
Finally there's me, Tom Montemayor. I had a good day. I flew my NCR Archer on an H128 airstarting 2 E30s for a perfect flight and recovery. I also launched my scratch built Gemini-Titan on 2 G40s to 1708 feet. Since the winds were calm by 4:30, I pulled out my trusty "Million Millimeter" and loaded it with a 98mm K458. This was flight number 5 for the MM, with a liftoff weight of 17 pounds. The rocket thundered skyward
and achieved a maximum altitude of 5949 feet. The two stage barometric recovered functioned perfectly, but the little angle I had put into the pad resulted in the rocket landing about a mile away. An AWESOME flight.