OctoberWest and Happy Holidays

Long time no see.

In the months since I last added any content to this site I have been away at my first semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. While I did miss a few rocket launches because of this (I haven’t flown anything since June), I was still able to get some videos made (oh yeah, and there was some schoolwork in there, too).

Every October, ERAU-Prescott hosts it’s homecoming event, OctoberWest. The celebrations include the Wings Out West air show at Prescott’s Love Field. I didn’t have my real camera with me, but iPhones don’t do that bad of a job.

The first video is from the night before Wings Out West and features the unveiling of ERAU’s jet dragster.

The jet dragster was designed and built by ERAU students and is powered by a Pratt & Whitney J-60 outfitted with an afterburner that was also designed and built by students.

From that same night, I also have a video of a flyover from the air show performers to be featured the next day: Melissa Pemberton, an ERAU alum flying an Edge 540; Julie Clark, a well known air show performer flying a T-34 Mentor; and Matt Chapman, the pilot of the ERAU-sponsored CAP 580.

At the air show the next day, the flightline was too far away to get any good footage of the flying events. I did get another video of the jet dragster, though. During this display, the dragster burned through its entire 30gal fuel load.

If this turns out to be my last post of the year, then I wish you happy holidays and a happy new year. Though I won’t be able to make it to as many events as previous years, the 2014 air show and rocket season is shaping up to be great, none the less.