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Welcome to 2005!
Boys & Girls Club
I began teaching a simple rocketry class for our B&GC after school program in Merrimack.  By 2005 this mushroomed into a full set of 7 week programs from beginning rocketry through advanced rocketry.  Overall, it has been one of my largest and most involved outreach programs ever.
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If they weren't good friends to begin with, many of my kids became good friends after a full year of rocketry together!
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One of our advanced design classes.  This boy has been with our program for the full school year and beyond!
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Hamming it up for the camera.  Gotta love it!
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Extended this program to include the Litchfield school district.  The frustration is that the school was 1/4 mile away, as the crow flies, but over 15 miles via roadway (darned river!)
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The Triskelion kit was one of our most popular with the Litchfield folks.
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Merrimack loved it too!  Some beautiful rockets there!
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Hooking up the micro clips, these kids do ALL the work.  I'm just a spectator.
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Whata rag tag group! Love 'em all!
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I feel sorry for the rocket... LOL
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One of the exciting aspects of rocketry, recovery!
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Simply beautiful finish on this Triskelion
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Hard at work, my kids learn how to read instructions, use tools and even clean up after themselves.
Our Connecticut club always invites me to fly with them but my schedule doesn't afford me the time very often, so I take advantage when I can.  Great group of folks!
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My Dudley Doo-Right on the pad for her second test flight (having first been tested at CMASS).  This foam cup rocket contained 132 cups, stood 18 1/2 feet tall and weighed in at 2.7 pounds making her the largest MODEL rocket ever flown, by volume... :)
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She flew great too!  This was all in preparation for her performance at the upcoming NARAM.  Good stuff!
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And, of course, the Sprint'73 makes another appearance.
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A little rough around the edges, she's all original except for the recovery system and launch lugs.
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Some CATO folks enjoying a launch!
Our local (Central Mass) rocket club.  Good people!
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The kids are what make this job so worth while!
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My daughter Jen with one of her charges :)
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A beautiful modification to our Tres kit, with a mid-body engine mount.  Bob has since given this model to me and I have it on display.  Fly it occasionally, but just love to look at it (and show it off :) )
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Lot going on here...  Upscale of our Midnight Express (free download rocket) with a hand rolled 13mm Deuce engine mount!  COOL!
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Sharing a diamond Rhino
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One of the original (NEMROC days) version of my 13mm Mercury Redstone design.  I think this is Bill's.  This is the design that lead to our FlisKits Mercury kit.
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Bill shows off his A.C.M.E. Spitfire with real wood finish! Love it!
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Our 3rd anniversary!  The "CAKE" has become a fun and exciting tradition at the FlisKits anniversary launches in September.
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My blanket of kits for the anniversary launch.  Some fun stuff there!
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Bill's A.C.M.E. lights up the sky!
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Getting ready to introduce our line of Micro to the MAXX models, here I am doing a demo flight of our Petite Praetor.
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Next up is the Teeny Triskelion.  The new line of kits was very well received!
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On the other end of the spectrum, we have our 3-stage Nomad model, ready to fly.  Full up, 3 stages, our Amesbury field is about the only place this beast can fly with any hope of getting her back!
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Preparing the mid-body Tres for flight.  This is exciting!
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The local crew with a fine collection!
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One of Tony's designs.  Just too cool!
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The Sprint'73 saw a lot of action this year as we close in on flight #500
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I think Ken (not to mention Bill) were getting tired of seeing this thing fly! LOL
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Too bad.  Gonna see it again!
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WHOOPS! And again...
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Our micro Ulysses on the pad.  This design was later upscaled into the Proxima Centauri kit.
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Bob with his decked out Deuce's Wild!
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A Night Whisper and a Deuce's Wild!  How cool is that?
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A proto of the Corona-2 booster accessory is demo'd for the folks.
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Another proto, the Tesla, on the pad and ready to go as Doug looks on.
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She flies nice, but parts are going to be a bear!
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Probably the brightest Triskelion kits I have ever seen!
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The Deuce is the thing!
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Triskelion drag race!
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Dang!  There's that Sprint'73 again!
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Dudley Do-Right getting loaded up!
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A poster I made showing the Sprint'73 launches this year, leading to 500.  Good stuff!
Danville Elementary School
More and more educational outreach as word gets out in the local community about rocketry programs in the area.
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This is actually from a Cub Scout launch near Danville.  Always a good time with the Scouts.  Both the kids and the parents love these programs.
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Danville Elementary's best and brightest!
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Great kids, hard work and beautiful rockets!
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The cheering section keeps everything exciting!
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More hard work as the kids realize their job isn't done yet!
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Rhino away.  One of dozes of perfect flights this day.
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The enthusiasm was contagious!
National Association of Rocketry Annual Meet
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It's becoming tradition now that if SEMROC shows up first, they reserve a spot for FlisKits, or if FlisKits is first, we reserve a spot for SEMROC.  How's THAT for the world of competition!
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My first (of 5) flights of the Dudley Do-Right at NARAM.  Needless to say, this beast attracted a LOT of attention!
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Made me pretty darned happy too! LOL
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Lots of foam flying this week!  Here my Decaffeinator with the glider accessory attached gives us a great show.
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Maxi-A.C.M.E.  Man, what a beast!
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Display board showing off our proposed selection of micro components.  Feedback from this event led to what is now the worlds largest and most talked about selection of micro parts in the industry.
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Another flight of the Dudley Do-Right.  She gave us 4 great flights on clusters of 4 24mm motors.  The 5th, and final, flight was with CHAD staging 4 MORE motors to this beast.  Due to total fuel weight, this qualified as HPR and I needed someone with L1 certification to fly it for me.  It was a BEAUTIFUL flight!
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UFFO with an arrow straight flight!
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Deuce and A.C.M.E.  I seem to see these in pair a lot for some reason!  Love it!
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The moment of truth.  After 32 years of effort, Gleda Estes gets the Sprint'73 on the pad for flight #499
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And we have LIFTOFF!  With Gleda hidden behind a cloud of exhaust smoke, we're now one flight away from history!
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I gave Vern the honor of flight #500 and here we are getting her ready on the pad.
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Hooking up the clips and we're ready to go!
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Don't know how much this meant to the others watching, but this was the highlight of my rocketry career to date.  Flight #500!
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Here we have a nice sequence of shots of the launch.  Incredible!
(Photo by David Hash)
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After the launch we had a small ceremony where I donated the Sprint'73 to Vern and Gleda Estes.  I explained to Vern that I was dissatisfied with the model as I only got 500 flights out of it and would not get 501, so I was returning it to the man who made it.
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Additionally, I gave an award describing the model and this effort giving such statistics as the number of miles flown (over 73), money spent on motors ($765) and condition of the model (all stock except for the recovery section and launch lugs.)  It was a good day.
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At the manufacturers forum, I used the Dudley Do-Right to help emphasize the fun in foam cup rocketry.
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My good friend, Carl McLawhorn prepares for his forum delivery.
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Getting the maxi A.C.M.E. on the pad.  I missed the darned launch picture though!  ARGH!
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Kathy, Vern, Glead and myself, after the awards dinner.  This was a good week!
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Man, what a crew!  Myself with Carl and Gordy after a quick meal just before we headed home from NARAM.
National Convention
Have loved conventions every since the days of MIT-CON and Pearl River.  So much so that I help found the NEMROC conventions back in the 1980's  NARCON is a good place to be!
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Some people think that I came up with foam cup rocketry.  I didn't.  I was introduced to it at the Pearl River conventions a long time ago.  Interesting to note, however, that in the North East, most everyone knows of them.  Out side of the North East it's like magic or something! LOL  Here I am with a room full of people doing a Decaffeinator build session.  Fun in a cup!
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Man, we're gonna need a bigger room!
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The McLawhorns (SEMROC) always have the most professional looking booth around!  That's Bruce there working the booth
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Then there's FlisKits.  Kinda like one of those old hobby shops where there is something new to discover under every pile and in every corner.  Not sure if this is good or not... LOL
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Inviting, in its own special way :)
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Vern and Gleda Estes checking us out.
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A moment to chat with Carl and Gleda
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Kathy and I enjoy a nice dinner with friends from the convention.
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Good food and good people!
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As you can see, food is as important to a rocketeer as rockets are!
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What a lovely couple!
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Sheryl, Carl and Bruce enjoying the evening.
New England Model Rocketry Convention
Founded by the Goddard Society, with the help of the newly formed CMASS, NEMROC was our answer to the ending of the MITCON conventions and rapidly grew in size to become one of the largest conventions in the country.

Once I got FlisKits started, I looked into revitalizing this convention, with some success!

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My daughter Jen manning our booth against a beautiful background!
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A NEMROC tradition (borrowed from Pearl River) is a kit build.
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UFFO's are the call of the day!
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On fly day, we have a Triskelion ready for safety check!
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Traditionally 1 day convention, 1 day sport fly, here's Bill getting a picture of me getting a picture of him, getting a... well you get the idea...
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A drag race of UFFO's!  There be foam in the sky!
North East Regional Rocketry Fest
FlisKits got in on the ground floor with the beginning of this fun event with sponsorships, prizes and range box stickers.  A great annual launch!
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Billy shows off his 2-stage Rhino with the modified fins.  Looking good!
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Billy's display area.  Quite the collection there and a LOT of FlisKits kits.  Can you name them all? (There are at least 14)
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Our booth is getting bigger.  Two tents now and a LOT more product!
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A.C.M.E. Spitfire drag race.  How cool is that?
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Billy getting his Richter Recker ready for launch.
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Love seeing happy folks with our kits!  Here we have the Rhino and ACME
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Another Rhino and a happy face!  Love it.
Pollard Elementary School
Our first educational outreach experience as a company.  First flying with us in 2003, this began with me teaching the class (building) then coming back to launch.  Now we have the teachers to the build (I deliver them and deliver a 1 hour lecture on rocketry to the entire 4th grade class) then I come back to fly them.  Typical class is 95-110 students.  Great fun!
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The first of 5 classes poses for a photo BEFORE we start loosing rockets! (actually, we don't loose that many, but just in case... :) )
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One of my favorite photo sets (this and the next one).  Never have you seen such concentration as a new rocketeer presses the launch button!
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Talk about "Instant Gratification"!  And he did it himself!  Good job!
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Love shots where I can get the rocket and the rocketeer into the same picture!
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Another of the 5 groups.  For more detail of such launches, I invite you to visit one of the more recent Pollard photo albums from the main photo album page.
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Hooking up the igniter leads.  Early on I decided that they best way for these kids to learn, was to have them do all the work.  I am just a spectator at these launches!
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And the results pay off at each and every launch!
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Chasing down your rocket is a big part of the fun!
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Our last group of the day.  We DO have fun at these launches!
Team America Rocketry Challenge
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Our 2005 team prepares for a test flight. See what we have to go through in the North East to get qualification flights!??!  Not many need a snow shovel, boots and a parka...
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But we weather through it!
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Interesting design, at the moment of ignition!
Another TRF launch!
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Our booth at the Scout Launch...
Ok, so here's the deal.  Whitakers is a small launch and nearly a 2-day drive, so it can be expensive.  This year we had decided not to attend.  Carl Mc:Lawhorn (SEMROC) was upset about this so he made special arrangements.
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SEMROC was hosting a large rocket build and launch the day before the Whitakers launch.  He made arrangements to allow FlisKits, along with SEMROC, to set up a booth to sell our products during this launch.  Here we see a large room full of budding rocketeers building the SEMROC kits.  We're talking over 500 kids with their parents here!  Good deal, so we headed down!
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Happy faces as some of these kids build their first rocket ever!
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The SEMROC booth gets busy...   ...oh, wait, that's just Kathy sneaking a look into the competitors booth...
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Everyone got involved in helping get the Scouts into the air.  Here, Sheryl watches a launch off in the distance.
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Here I am helping with flight prep
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And there our booths sat.  Man, that was rough (for BOTH comapnies!).  All the work and money Carl invested into this.  Then making a deal for us to make the trip worthwhile, and our TOTAL, COMBINED sales for the day came up to $0.00

Go figure! LOL

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But the kids had fun and the rockets all flew!
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Back at Carl and Sheryl's place, we enjoyed time with the McLawhorns and their extended family of pups.
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The gang from TRF poses for a beauty shot
That's it for 2005!  Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out our other photo albums!

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