summer launch was here. Toni and I threw a rocket into the
Highlander and made our way over to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to
meet fellow members at Holly’s and sneak ahead of the Bay Bridge
traffic that was destined for Maryland’s beaches. After a
healthy breakfast we piddled the time away until it was time to
arrive at the sod farm.
The weather was uncharacteristically cool with passing clouds
and small breezes. The sod was green and lush and slightly damp
due to the morning dew burning off late. We made quick work of
setting up the field with the help of other members.
Shaken, Not Stirred was already prepared and I
had her on the first rack of the day. Shaken, Not Stirred
has become a familiar rocket at MDRA and remains my “goto”
rocket. At the end of the countdown, Shaken, Not Stirred
ascended on her CTI H120 Red propellant to 1,277 feet where she
arced over and deployed her main. The mains were deployed on
schedule at 300 feet where Shaken, Not Stirred
gently touched down in the soft sod in front of the LCO station.
Click the video to see Shaken, Not Stirred take
to the skies once again.
Shaken, Not Stirred was my last flight for the day
as I was enlisted for LCO duties for the remainder of the day. I
managed not to mis-launch any rockets and kept the launches
moving safely. In the setting sun, Toni and I met some other
members for a nice dinner in Centreville before returning home.
Sunday, Ben and I made our way back to the field and had the
field ready to fly before anyone arrived. Ben performed the LCO
duties so I could film some flights. The weather remained nice
and the breezes remain low or non-existent. It seemed the day
flew by quick as flyers began to leave the field and start their
journey home. We closed the field down and packed up the
equipment. We hung about enjoying everyone’s company before it
was time to follow the setting sun home. Until the next launch .