There it was last night on the evening TV news - I just couldn't believe it
then so I held off posting this until I read it in today's newspaper...
It seems that a bloke in a small town about 200 km north of Adelaide, South
Australia, was mustering cattle near a dry lake bed about a year ago. Now
South Australia is the 'home' of the Australian Rocketry Association so I
don't know if they are gonna claim responsibility for this :^) but ...
Anyway, this guy is riding along, minding his own business when suddenly,
out of the vast flat empty clay pan he sees something sticking straight
up.There are no trees out there for a 'country mile' (local expression
meaning to Burke and back - er sorry more local expressions darn it ) - so
he goes to take a look. I just wish it had been me !
What he found was a rocket about 10 metres long burried nose first in the
clay - the classic lawn dart ! Silly *** scratched his head then went
away and didn't worry about it again until a local tour operator thought it
might make a great tourist attraction. Last night they showed video of it
buried about three metres into the clay on its ever lovin' nosecone.
The fins were in perfect condition and in the short glimpse I had, it looked
as if the airframe wasn't even crimped. It may have been a sounding rocket
launched from the Woomera Rocket Range - perhaps back in the sixties or
early seventies. Impossible to tell from the TV but if anyone else out
there in Oz has more info please PLEASE put me out of my missery... what
type of rocket is it ?
There was a brief story in the local paper today which I will try to post
here tomorrow (left it at work, doh!). Oh, and by the way, before any of
you h.p.r. guys in the US or Europe start flooding me with requests to try
and get your 'lost' rocket back, I only require a 'small' spotters fee :^))
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