: >Hello all!
: >A while back (guess a year or so ago) some cat posted that some
: >person or persons had flew an Estes Mosquito a bunch of times. Does any
: >one out there rember the number of times and what motors they used.
: >Curiosity killed the cat.
: A few years ago at NARCON in Colorado Springs, a young man flew a Mosquito
: for the 15th or 16th time with all flights being A10-3T (according to him
: and I have no reason to doubt him). At that time Mike Hellmund of Estes
: acquired the rocket with intentions of adding it to an Estes collection.
: Mark D. Jilson - Digital Customer Support Center
: Colorado Springs, Colorado
: NAR #54156 -- COSROCS, In Thrust We Trust
I was at that event, and I remember it flying several times there, at
a minimum. An amazing record. My daughters and I flew Mosquitos for
the first time last weekend. Oldest daughter loses her's on school roof.
We were 300 feet from school, and it went straight up, but it went so
UNBELIEVABLY high that the slight breeze carried it an incredible
distance horizontally. Next, youngest daughter flies her Mosquito, and
youth's incredible eyesight spots it several hundred feet away.
I fly next, and mine just flat out disappears, after an apparently straight
We have more motors (all A10s), so we convince Lindsey to fly again
(since she is only one with rocket). Goes straight up, but no wind,
we all lose it, and it falls 10 feet from Megan -- she hears it coming
in. OK, time for 3rd launch, and trajectory is like all the others.
It is lost like the others, and we still have motors. :-(
We will go back and walk the fields, hopefully finding the two that
we think didn't land on roofs. I believe the only place to really
fly Mosquitos is the desert, where anything shows on hardpacked
Family record: 3 flights, and hopefully to be found for more attempts.