Waited patiently for a good launch day and the Rocket Gods granted me a beautiful Sunday in order to do finally send the Pup into the heavens.
Oddly the 5-day forcast (by the BBC no less !) was predicting a wet cloudy Sunday with 10mph winds all week so it was somewhat of a surprise when I awoke to find a still cloudless warm sunny day like view out of the window.
Anyway , managed to convince my freind "Woody" who has yet to post here to bring his Missile Command RTF pair and his Fireflash as well. Ntrance (Alan) couldnt make it this time round sadly, his Code Red was much missed on the pad and his high flying X-fliers would have done well in the still conditions.
Im so glad Woody and Iwent though !! The good launches were very very good and tho we had some bad launches these didnt ruin the day. The Fireflash main body tube was our only loss of the day , although we are sure it came down very close to the launch pad , it had fallen behind a dune out of site and we failed to locate it. Woody wasnt that dissapointed though , he and the Fireflash never got on
OK ok , the Bullpup. Right , although I havent got any "inflight" photos Im hoping that Woody will get stills off the videotape, perhaps we may get a link to an AVI file later
I do have some pre-launch pics though , just to prove the pup made the trip to the pad.
I launched the pup twice in all. The first flight was straight up like an arrow , there was a dramatic pause before ejection happened and the nose then chute deployed. If the AVI is made youll prolly hear me go "Oh thank you !" as I see the Chute come out. Im sure the motor was using the Maximum delay plus maximum design tolerance , just to keep me on edge. Seeing that chute billow out has been one of the best things Ive seen ever !!
The second flight wasnt quite as good. The last third of the flight was a gentle arc but the ejection and chute deployment etc went perfectly. With both flights I didnt have to run very far ( which is good !) to do retreival. Ntrance will be annoyed as previously his retrieval trips have resembled marathons.
Anyway......to the pad piccie ....... hopefully an AVI link will be by soon. Comeon Woody !!