Fire in the Sky 2013

Happy 4th of July! What better way is there to celebrate our nation’s independence than to read a very late launch report from the Pacific Northwest’s premier launch event, Fire in the Sky 2013.

Due to how hectic my academic year had become by Memorial Day weekend, I was only in attendance for Saturday and Sunday. My photo albums can be found at the links below.

Saturday: http://simav8rproductions.smugmug.com/Rocketry/2013launches/FITS131/29715661_JW8TDm

Sunday: http://simav8rproductions.smugmug.com/Rocketry/2013launches/FITS132/29891381_9vbvpD

To read about my flights at FITS this year, click below.

I flew four times at FITS 2013: two high-power flights, and two mid-power flights. First up on Saturday was my Madcow Rocketry Solar Express on a Cesaroni F120 Vmax. This is definitely my favorite motor for this rocket. It burns with a good amount of thrust for only a third of a second. After burnout, the whistle from the holes on the Solar Express’ fins is clearly audible.

Next up was the 4″ Little John on a Cesaroni Pro38 2G H123 Skidmark.

For the second year in a row at FITS, the Little John takes to the air on an H123 Skidmark.

For the second year in a row at FITS, the Little John takes to the air on an H123 Skidmark.

My next flight was on Sunday, when Same Old Blues rode a Cesaroni J270 Green3.

Same Old Blues takes to the air on a Pro38 6G J270.

Same Old Blues lifts off on a Pro38 6G J270.

This flight barely beat out my 4017′ L2 flight the month before and raised my personal best altitude to 4128′.

Next up was my final flight at FITS, with the Solar Express on a Cesaroni F59 White Thunder.

After a what proved to be a very fruitful FITS raffle, I packed up, headed back to Waterville, and then got an early start home on Monday, finding it hard to believe that I only had one WAC launch left until a forced hiatus before FITS 2014.

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