Whoo Hoo! TdD Iowa, now complete!
The weather here in Iowa since Friday has been
wild at times, and beautiful at times. Storms on Friday evening with heavy rain, hail and
tornados. Saturday morning sunshine, light winds, and by mid-afternoon strong wind and
rain. Sunday sunny and light winds all day.
Both Jason, and Steve were unable to make it for the launch, but the weather was near
perfect this afternoon. As I started to prep Deuce #1 the nervousness built. I think I
repacked the chute three times. Both rockets were loaded with a pair of C6-5s as the winds
were almost calm.
I had decided to launch my stock Deuce's Wild on a pair of B6-4s first to see how the
winds ( HA, what wind) were, and to make sure everything was working. Both motors lit and
off it went straight and true with a perfect recovery.
Next we took a couple of photos with the 35mm camera of the rockets held by my son Jeramy,
and daughter Ashley. I then installed the igniters and loaded Deuce #1 on the pad. Jeramy
did the five count and then it was dual flame on, and at 5:32pm central time Deuce#1 was
on its way into the Iowa sky.
With both motors burning Deuce#1 flew straight up with a slight roll, and a pretty orange
chute just after apogee. WHEW!!! One down! Deuce #1 landed less than 150' from the
pad.With Deuce#1 back on the ground safely it was time to load Deuce #2 on the pad.
Deuce #2 has had a little rougher life than Deuce#1, so I wondered how it was going to fly
compared to Deuce #1. With Jeramy once a gain doing the five count Deuce #2 roared to life
and at 5:37 pm sailed straight into the Iowa sky.
Once again both motors lit. Whew! Deuce #2 being just a little heavier just started back
down when that pretty lime Green chute deployed, and Deuce#2 floated gently back to the
ground less than a 100' from the pad.
Two perfect flights! It was a relief to have both rockets back safe and sound.
It was awesome to be a part of this rocketry adventure, and actually I'm a little sad its
over.The disappointing part for me was that Jason, and Steve couldn't be here. No fault of
theirs, just busy summer time schedules.
For the rest of you volunteers, when you receive that big box in the mail with the Tour DE
Deuce Logo on it you can't help but get excited. Think about where these two rockets have
been. The miles they have been shipped, and the skies they have flown in. It is exciting,
so enjoy it.
Eugene, and Jason, you guys have done a great job on these two rockets, and for coming up
with this idea. I hope that these two rockets will make it into the air in every state and
return safely. Fliskits, thanks for a great kit (the Deuce's Wild). Good luck to all of
you on your leg of the Tour De Deuce........ Larry