Our RedGlare 20 adventure
by Bill Clune
A few MARS Club members attended RedGlare early this month (April 5th -7th 2019) Some of us even had a few successful flights… RedGlare is much like our NYPOWER as it attract flyers from all over the east coast. It is hosted by MDRA (Maryland Delaware Rocketry Association) and is held at the Higgs Brothers family farm in Churchill, MD (Price, MD).
In attendance were Bill & Melody Clune (MaryBeth was there in Spirit, Analise had a track meet), Dennis & Troy Jurus even John Osborn and his wife.
The drive down is only about 7hrs, even though we have made the trip many times my GPS seems to find a “new way” each time. This time it decided my new 4wd Ram truck should tested, first turning us onto gravel roads, then on to a dirt road, where it kindly popped up a message, “now entering an area NOT VERIFIED by map services, drive with CAUTION!”. Although I was not concerned Melody and I were going to hear banjo music, I was concerned to be driving on private property…. Finally we were guided by “the Navigator” to a proper road, it even had lines painted on it.
Even after a rough start and the fact team Jurus and team Clune live in completely different parts of WNY, we somehow managed shadowed each other most of the way. At some points we may have been only 30 seconds apart, we even landed in the hotels at the same time. We stayed only a mile apart from each other in Easton, MD.
Friday was a bit damp and cool for our taste (Raining, COLD and WINDY as “Heck” are better descriptions), it was decided that a trip to the Advar-Hazy Air Museum at Dulles airport was a much better way to spend the day…
The MDRA crowd (hard corps rocketeer’s most them) were not bothered by the conditions and even flew a few M motors that day!
Although it started out a bit cool, Saturday turned out to be GLORIOUS! Melody and I spent most of the morning assisting Dan Michael with his 3/4 Patriot and trying to stay warm. Melody did manage to fly her Shape Shifter on an H178 (again breaking mach just off the rail) I flew my Gizmo on an AeroTech I211. Perfect flight although it did land rather far away in a field surrounded by a moat and the only bridge across it clearly broken! Thanks to gent named Kevin for crossing the moat and fighting the dragon for me.
Dennis and Troy had a mixed day,
Dennis flew his Blue MaXX on a CTI M3100 to 3576 – A Perfect Flight
Troy flew his Loc Weasel on CTI G57 to 2200 feet perfect flight and recovery
Dennis flew his Hawk on a CTI I242, even the LCO, Niel McGilvray said, “it was a perfect flight”
Troy, tempted fate 1 to many times flying the AMW “Squirrel” on an I800 VMAX, it moved so fast it crushed the battery powering his altimeter, No main cause quite a bounce!
Dennis once again flew the Big Bertha on a J760 to 3411ft, a perfect ascent but.. he used an oooold battery… he didn’t get a main either, it free fell to water landing in one of the drainage ditches. The damage is quite repairable.
The Weather now was perfectly dialed in for some serious high flying, the rocket gods had other plans…
One more time Al Sterner’s Gizmo was ready to temp fate, this time on an Aerotech I287 Red. How many people have I Certed over the years on the 38mm Aerotech RMS motors? How many of them have I burned myself? Well.. I installed the delay grain upside down, resulting in a nice Red Flame coming out of Both sides of Al’s rocket. I could hear him laughing at me… (He taught me how to assemble an Aerotech reload)
I also flew my Sumo on a G64-4 which turned out to be more like a G64-10… it popped the main 10 feet above the ground saving it from becoming a lawn dart, but it did break a fin clean off.
A few things of note, many remember Tom Cohen, he still fly’s just closer to his home. He built a huge rocket dedicated to the Beatles song Yellow Submarine which was painted by his wife Joan. The Square rocket that he flew many times in Geneseo is now known as “the Higgs Farm Flyer” It has been immortalized as a kit by New Way Rockets. These obviously are very popular in Maryland, There was even a drag race, photos below..
Here are some photos, you may recognize a few of the people…
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