Today I got the nerve up to go and fly the Saturn V. I had never flown
this bird before today; but I always wanted to fly a staurn. Talk about
nervous I was; as matter of fact I still have not clamed down yet. You
will have to excuse me if the spelling is off; I am new to this news
group and using the internet. My son and I loaded up a cloned model of
the Gemini Titan and his new Estes LSX and the big Saturn V. At the
field we set up the estes pad for the LSX and the AT Mantis for the
Saturn V. First up we lanuch the LSX which had a great flight with the
rocket landing within 30 feet of the pad. Next up was the Gemini Titan
another great flight. Now for the Saturn; so I broke out the camera and
took some pictures of it on the pad. Next I took the AT E15-4W motor
check the igniter again with the ohm meter. We had a postive check; so
I installed the motor in the rocket (now I am getting real nervous this
is the first time that I have ever used an AT motor and it is going in
a new rocket) and put it on the pad ready for flight. I walked back to
the lanuch controller. I ask my son to count down and pushed the firing
button and watching the rocket the same time. The rocket leaped off the
pad flying straight and true in to the blue sky; that AT motor was a
kick in the pants I had never seen anything like it before. Now my
heart was racing; it was a picture prefect flight; my son (who is 6)
was jumping up and down. Just as it arch over I saw the ejection charge
go off. I held my breath waiting for the chutes to open. At last I
counted three good chutes. The Saturn landed saftely about 25 yards
away. This flight bought back a lot of memories of watching the Apollo
lanuches on TV as a kid. I could just see the real Saturns in my mind
taking off again for the moon.
I have an old Estes K-36 kit that is 2/3 built that I plan on finshing.
I had started building it when I was 12; it looks like I will finish it
when I am 40.
I have a question for the news group. Looking at the Saturn after the
flight I noticed the top bulkhead has broken loose. What is the best
method to keep this from happing again if I use the AT motor?
Thanks to all; this is a great news group.
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