skies are here and we are still flying at the sod farm. This is
due to pesky crops that continue to grow at Higgs Farm. I pack a
couple of rockets into the highlander and made my way to the
eastern shore to meet some rocketeers for breakfast. Rams Head
offers Eggs Benedict which I do not get that often so that was
my standing order. Eggs Benedict and a couple of coffees later
allowed to meander around the rest of the morning killing time
until it was ready to set up the sod farm.
I arrived at the sod farm early and started to set the field up.
Most of the field was set up before other members showed up and
lent a hand which with the remaining equipment. The weather was
cool and the breeze variable. There were many flyers in
attendance including the very younger generation.
I let others fly as usual and once satisfied with the upper
winds, I took the freshly repaired Shaken, Not Stirred
to the pad with an H225 for propulsion. The H225 pushed Shaken,
Not Stirred off the pad rather quickly and to an
altitude of 1,325 feet where the drogue chute was deployed. Shaken,
Not Stirred descended and at 300 feet the mains were
ejected with report. Shaken, Not Stirred gently
came to rest in the harvested soy bean field without any damage.
See Shaken, Not Stirred fly.
I filmed other flights the rest of the day and performed Launch
Control Officer (LCO) duties all day Sunday. It was a perfect
weekend for flying rockets. The field was packed up in less than
an hour with much help from other members. We hung around the
field sharing tall stories before heading home in the setting
other weekend flights here. Until the next launch . . .