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Old 07-22-2020, 07:55 AM
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Amazing pictures! I love this kind of thing. Thanks!
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Last year I had entertained the idea of driving over to the Academy and launching a bird on the NARAM 11 site on its 50th Anniversary, as sort of a tribute. Unfortunately, other circumstances prevented me from doing that. It would have been cool, though. I live in Castle Rock. Only 30 miles north of the AFA.
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Hey, Newbomb,
I just completed a Cherokee-E, too. Nice looking bird.
Did you build yours using the short tube as a payload section?
I wish now that I had done that.
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Old 07-22-2020, 06:32 PM
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I didn't, either.
I've flown it once so far on an E-12 in the first part of the year. Just got back from recovering it yesterday.
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I went to NARAM 11 - but only as a spectator (if memory serves, I was just starting to get interested in competitive rocketry about then - and our local club was just getting formed). I lived in Pueblo, so a day trip up to see what NARAM was all about just meant convincing an adult to drive us up there.
One of my strongest memories of that NARAM was that Estes had brought up one of their engine test rigs, and was demonstrating it almost continuously.

A couple years later - after the Pueblo club was well established - we often worked with Estes. We did a demo launch for Boy's Life magazine which resulted in a nice article in the October 1972 issue (which unfortunately including my pranging an Estes Saturn V). I still have a copy of the magazine around here somewhere - sometime I'll dig it out and scan it.
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Estes promotional film of NARAM 11

Someone just unearthed a 16mm copy of this film and I'm lobbying for it to be sent to Cinepost here in Marietta for a decent transfer.

https://youtu.be/5kC1UxdxXQY
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Interesting film.
Not a Single POWR-PRANG present for realism though...
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I went to NARAM 11 - but only as a spectator (if memory serves, I was just starting to get interested in competitive rocketry about then - and our local club was just getting formed). I lived in Pueblo, so a day trip up to see what NARAM was all about just meant convincing an adult to drive us up there.
One of my strongest memories of that NARAM was that Estes had brought up one of their engine test rigs, and was demonstrating it almost continuously.

A couple years later - after the Pueblo club was well established - we often worked with Estes. We did a demo launch for Boy's Life magazine which resulted in a nice article in the October 1972 issue (which unfortunately including my pranging an Estes Saturn V). I still have a copy of the magazine around here somewhere - sometime I'll dig it out and scan it.


I remember well that article as a 10 year old at the time. It was the first ‘article’ or coverage of model rocketry that I had ever seen, outside of a model rocket catalog, which at that time I had only two, the 1971 and the 1972 Centuri catalogs.

I recall a photo of several rockets laying a a prep table or such and thinking “Ooh, those are rockets that have ACTUALLY flown!”.

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Tdracer,

Perchance, were you a member of PAR, the Pueblo Association of Rocketry?
I recall a couple of folks from that club: Lloyd Armstrong and Don Perko, among others.

ROMAR ( the Colorado Springs section I belonged to) and PAR competed in some sanctioned contests during 1973-4.
PAR folded soon afterword, but Lloyd joined ROMAR IN 1983. Unfortunately, that club also ceased to exist the following year!
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Tdracer,

Perchance, were you a member of PAR, the Pueblo Association of Rocketry?
I recall a couple of folks from that club: Lloyd Armstrong and Don Perko, among others.

ROMAR ( the Colorado Springs section I belonged to) and PAR competed in some sanctioned contests during 1973-4.
PAR folded soon afterword, but Lloyd joined ROMAR IN 1983. Unfortunately, that club also ceased to exist the following year!

Yep, that's it. Don Perko was a good friend - even if he went to the wrong high school (he went to Pueblo South, I went to Pueblo East) Also Richard Jetley and Larry Clark, (Richard and Larry and I lived on the same street). If I recall correctly, Lloyd was the senior advisor? I recall going up to a few rocket meets in Colorado Springs during that time frame - also one in Denver at the old Hogback launch range (I understand they held a couple early NARAMs there - it's all houses now) and one outside Thornton.
To a large extent Don, Larry, Richard, and I (and to a certain extent, our parents) were the ones that kept the club going - problem was we were all the same age (I think Don was one year younger) so when we all went off to college in 1973, the club kind of fell apart. At least in my case, although I majored in Aero Engineering, my interest in model rocketry fell off rapidly after I started college and wasn't resurrected until the early 2000's.
I saw Don Perko when I attended NARAM 52 in Pueblo - he wasn't competing but he'd come down to watch (he was living/working in the Denver area). Sadly he passed away back in 2017.
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