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From Jon (KermieD - TRF):
I just got back from NARCON, and, yes, the Deuces DID fly and
were a big hit both at the launch and on Jim's display table at the convention. It was
quite cold and windy out (gawd, you'd think a New Englander like Jim could handle the cold
better than that!).
The first launch weathercocked severely, but deployment was perfect and we didn't have
more than a few feet to walk to get it back.
2nd launch was straight and perfect, even in the winds. Here it comes, though. Ack! On the
2nd launch, a couple of the shroud lines got tangled with the thin Kevlar going from the
big strap to the NC, causing it to reef the chute. No biggie. It's pretty windy anyway and
now we don't have to chase the rocket now, right? Errrr....the rocket comes down right in
the gravel road.
Jason, BREATHE! It's okay!! Really!! There is some minor cosmetic damage to one fin, the
nose cone, and a part of the body tube (holy crap did you guys build those things strong!
This bird should have been toast). Jim took some very detailed pictures of what happened
and will send them to you guys on Tuesday or Wednesday when he gets home. It's up to you
guys as to whether you want it back to repair the dings or if you just want to pass it on
to have the next guy fill in the dings.
At any rate, they are fine and resting comfortably here in the living room. I will ship
them either to the next leg or to E&J as you guys see fit. I'm exhausted, but will put
up pics soon.
It is such a pleasure working with the folks that have been
involved in this tour effort. I have been very fortunate to have been able to
participate in so many Tour de Deuce launches and hope to witness many more yet to come.
It was a blustery cold day out there, but the large crowd
didn't seem to mind. In the course of the afternoon there were many Deuce launches,
but nothing like the Tour de Deuce launches! These captured the imagination and got
people to think about the scope of this project.
The folks at WOOSH were very accomodating and were as excited
as we were with this launch. Everything was perfect and we got two more picture
perfect launches making it 9 states down, 18 perfect launches and 36 perfect motor
41 states to go
The damage that was suffered during a hard landing on some
gravel appears to be cosmetic and will only serve to show the work that these models are
being expected to do. Such battle scars add character and lend a realism to this
work and tour around our great country. For those other volunteers who have yet to
do their leg of this journey, when you see these models and see the little cosmetic chips
and dents, think about what these models have done and where they have been.
Please enjoy the photo album on the right. Good stuff,
great people and a whole lotta fun!