Some Air Shows

I have attended and uploaded photos from what may be my last two events of 2013. First up was the Flying Heritage Collection’s Fly Day on July 20th. The theme was “Allied Aces”, and attendees were treated to two Mustangs (“Upupa Epops” from the FHC, and “Impatient Virgin?” from the Historic Flight Foundation, also located at Paine Field), and the FHC’s Spitfire.

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Allied Aces Day 2013

Towards the end of the flying program, I pulled out my video camera and caught the last couple passes. Crank up the volume to really hear the merlins!

Also, a first for me, I headed down to Hillsboro, Oregon to the Oregon International Air Show. When I first started planning to attend the show, the Blue Angels were headlining, and I was looking forward to seeing them at a real air show (as opposed to Seafair, where the flight line is much too far from the crowd line). Unfortunately, the US Government happened, and the Blue Angles had to cancel. In their place, though, the organizers at Hillsboro managed to snag the Patriots Jet Team, the premier civilian jet act on the circuit.

Besides the Patriots, the album also features Kirby Chambliss and the Red Bull Air Force, Greg Colyer in the T-33 “Ace Maker”, Bob Carlton’s jet-powered Super Salto Sailplane, and a surprise flyover from Alaska Airlines.

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Oregon International Air Show 2013

I’d like to offer a big “thank you” to people who have stuck with the site. If only the whole “higher education” thing didn’t have to get in the way.

If not sooner, I’ll see you all next year!

Element Collection Page and Some Rocket Building

As pointed out in my last post, I have changed the theme of this website. Not only does this change make it blend in more with my YouTube channel and SmugMug account, it also makes it possible to display the portal for my newly-created Element Collection page. I have three elements up at the moment (hydrogen, radium, and polonium), but have several more that will be added as time goes on. This page replaces my “radioactive collection” feature, and will help with my goal of making this site more about my scientific exploits in general along with the rockets and air shows.

Speaking of rockets, I have started construction on the next member of my high-power fleet. Being a lightweight rocket with a 54mm motor mount (the largest I’ve put in anything to date), I’m planning on using it to break my personal best altitude. I’ll post more details when time allows.

Theme Changes

As some of  you may have noticed (which, according to the site stats, none of you have), I have changed the theme in order to better facilitate some of the new features I’m adding. For the time being, though, this change will probably mess things up, so please excuse the disarray as I run around patching things up.

2011 Flight Stats and Some Forthcoming Changes

I’ve crunched the numbers on my flight statistics for the 2011 rocket launch season. My total number of flights in 2011 was 16, eight flights less than what I did in 2010. Those flights add up to a total impulse of 2011.4Ns for the year, which is approximately a 57.1% K motor. My average impulse per flight for the year was 175.7Ns, a 57.1% G motor. My most flown rocket was the Madcow Solar Express with seven flights, and my most flown impulse class was F, representing six flights. This year, I hope to increase the number of total flights, and I expect to see a higher average impulse. More on that later…

In other news, I’ve started work on the Scientific Miscellany page, which will soon be complete. This page is meant to show off the nerdy stuff I do that doesn’t involve airplanes and rockets. Besides simply adding more content to the site, I’m hoping that this will draw more people in, seeing as right now two of the three subscribers to this site are people I know personally, and the other one is me.  I’ll also start featuring this site more prominently on my SmugMug and YouTube accounts.