Sunday, March 12, 2017
N.E.F.A.R. Launch Bunnell, FL March 11, 2017
There were a LOT of cars at the field by the time Lonnie B. and I arrived at 10:00 a.m. More cars extended just as far to the right side of the picture.
The low power pads were busy. In addition to the mid-power and high power away pads there was also a hybrid competition.
Check out the flag, the wind restricted many possible flights.
My Quest X-15 was launched first with a German Quest B6-4. After reaching an estimated 325' it drifted back to the flight line and hit a truck tailgate. Two fins were broken off, only one was found.
The upcoming Odd'l Rockets F-16 had another test flight with an Estes C6-5. Some altitude was lost when it flew into the wind. I had switched out the 12" chute for a long streamer. The clear canopy popped off on landing.
Recently I've had a string of great launches with little damage. Then you have a day like today with too many broken fins.
I only had three launches today. I had hoped to launch my Estes Nike Smoke with an Enerjet smoking nose cone but thought the smoke effect could be lost in the wind gusts.
I also wanted to try the Skydart but couldn't even do any test trim glides with all the wind.