November was already here. The morning was blustery as I
headed to Higgs Farm for the first launch at the winter field
this season. This is the field that the big boys come to fly at.
I arrived at the field that others already had previously set up
and monitored the conditions. The skies were variably clear, the
breezes were stiff, and the temps were cool. These conditions
were not too bad other than the winds were carrying the rockets
into the spectator area.
I patiently waited, and waited, and waited, as I did not want to
drop my rocket on someone’s windshield. The winds were slowly
shifting more to the southeast as the day went on. Finally,
after an eternity of itching to fly, the winds shifted just
enough for Shaken, Not Stirred to be taken to the pad.
Shaken, Not Stirred was prepped with an H225 for
propulsion as one of the last launches of the day. At the end of
the countdown, Shaken, Not Stirred majestically
lifted off the pad with a slight arc into the wind to an
altitude of 1,180 feet where the drogue chute was successfully
deployed. Shaken, Not Stirred swayed under the
drogue during its descent until the mains were successfully
deployed at 300 feet. Shaken, Not Stirred came to
rest not too far away considering the winds. Shaken, Not
Stirred was my only flight of the weekend.
I returned to the field Sunday to continue to film other flights
and assist flyers where I could. It was nice returning to Higgs
Farm and I wish I had more time to prep larger rockets and take
advantage of the large recovery area, but alas, that has not
been the case this year. We close the field out with assistance
from other flyers and toasted our return to Higgs before heading
to the western shore. For some reason I had turkey on my mind as
I made my journey home. Until the next launch . . .
By Peter E. Abresch Jr.
Shaken, Not Stirred did not land in spectator area