What was the first rocket you ever launched?

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This one and I was exactly the target market for it:
I think I only bought 3 packs of motors for it and a few years later I applied what I learned about model rocketry by strapping on a parachute myself.

(Edit: To be clear, I jumped out of an airplane as soon as it was legal for me to do so, i.e. at the earliest age they allow someone in a regular civilian parachute jumping class.).
 
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That copy in the link is amusing to me. "...for over 36 years" it says. Yeah....it's 55 years now. :) (The Alpha first appeared in the December 1965 Model Rocket News, and I think it was the first model to have the trip-fold shock cord mount and a "quick change" engine hook.)
 

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Orange Alpha 3 and it never came back. Still dont know where it went. It went up and we lost visual in the sky. Not even windy, just never found it.
 

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Estes WAC Corporal, maybe 1965-1967 (not sure how old I was). Sooo very careful building it.. but had the nosecone on too tight. Straight up, straight down! My dad and I were looking at it coming right back down at us and weren't sure which way to run! It lawn darted about 15 ft from the little red Estes battery-box launch pad. Fortunately the field was soft enough that it lived to fly another day, albeit with the body tube 1/4" shorter!

My buddies kid got into rockets thanks to me. And he wanted to build a mean machine sooooooo bad. Well we sent it up on the minimum engine and talk about catastrophic landing. I didnt know the kid put glue inside the body tube where the nose cone goes. Well imagine 6 foot of rocket falling at terminal velocity right at you and hit the ground nose cone first and completely splitting along the spiral seam and cracking in 2. We all laughed and it was amazing. Now his kid is itching to build something bigger.
 

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This one and I was exactly the target market for it:
I think I only bought 3 packs of motors for it and a few years later I applied what I learned about model rocketry by strapping on a parachute myself.

(Edit: To be clear, I jumped out of an airplane as soon as it was legal for me to do so, i.e. at the earliest age they allow someone in a regular civilian parachute jumping class.).
My first was a Centuri Payloader way back in 1970.Flew perfectly that time and just about every time after that.Had it for something like 15 years till it finally fell apart from being flown so much.Most reliable rocket I ever owned.
 

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First rocket was a fifty cent Astron Streak my brother got me for my birthday around 1967. We launched it in the backyard and never saw it again. A few years later on a vacation out west, my family stopped at Estes in Penrose and they took us on a tour. At the end, Estes' daughter launched a Big Bertha for us just outside the building. I bought an Orbital Transport kit in their store. Great memories. I'm an old man now.
 

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Have already mentioned my first and second rockets flown in this thread. Trying to recall what the third one was. After reviewing the Centuri catalog for 1969, I am fairly certain it was a Centuri Micron. After that, Centuri Black Widow, Nike Smoke, Firefly and an Aerobee 500, in some order that I do not remember.
 
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My first rocket was an Aston Skyhook in the mid-60s. Anyone familiar with the Chicagoland northwest suburbs will find it hard to believe that field is now Woodfield Mall!
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An absolutely stupid 7.5in diameter 6ft high scratch build on an aerotech L1000 our club built for NASA Student Launch. Looking back I hate that design haha

Although personally my first solo was my Zephyr.
 

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Estes Beta as a single stage on an A10-3T on an asphalt parking lot at the local college in July of 1977. Pretty much all I thought about for the rest of the summer. 25 years later I finally flew a Beta as the two stager it was intended to be. Straight up, straight down. That day I learned I learned to scrape the nozzle of the sustainer stage to get rid of anything that might have been left from the production process. Also learned to take pics of the finished build BEFORE the first flight, as can be seen in the photo.View attachment 464157
Fairly certain my first kit was an Estes Challenger 2. It provided the launch pad for a few others. The Beta was one of the ones I had. I tried flying it on a couple of the higher powered motors and it disappeared. The Challenger 2 on a D12 was more than a neighborhood launch area could deal with.

I had a Bluebird Zero that I really liked and one that looked like an anti-tank round (and pretty much broke fins off every.single.flight.).
 
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