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Old 09-12-2020, 08:00 PM
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Jim Flis retired his Astron Sprint after 500 flights.


I never had a rocket with anywhere near 500 flights.
I've had some that never made it past 1.
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Old 09-12-2020, 10:37 PM
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Minimum Number = 1
Every bird gets at least one flight!
So far the greatest number of flights any of my rockets achieved is 11
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Old 09-13-2020, 02:23 PM
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I think the most I have documented on one model is one of my Nova Payloaders which is currently at 101 flights, but is still flyable (though it's in pretty rough shape in spots). I have another Nova Payloaderómy first oneóthat I retired at 75 (the body above the motor mount is really soft, thanks to having flown small number of D10s in it). I also have a battered Alpha currently at 92 flights.

Models I like to fly I tend to fly a bunch, so I have quite a few that are in the 25-40 flight range. These will also get replaced if they are lost or damaged beyond practical repair. One of these that immediately comes to mind is the little Checkmate mini-motor two-stager. I had 54 flights on one when a failure of the sustainer to light over a very hard surface pretty much took it out. Its replacement is up to 11 flights so far.

I agree also with Les that every one has to have at least one flight. I need to get some MMX birds built over the last few months flown....
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Looks like my best is 41 on my Fat Boy-based Goonybird Star Snoop upscale. The inside is fairly well done, so I'm anticipating it being retired before making it to 100. That's only if the tube burns through. If the Kevlar snaps, I'll just go with the traditional Estes tri-fold mount and soldier on toward the inevitable.
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I think the most I have documented on one model is one of my Nova Payloaders which is currently at 101 flights, but is still flyable (though it's in pretty rough shape in spots). I have another Nova Payloaderómy first oneóthat I retired at 75 (the body above the motor mount is really soft, thanks to having flown small number of D10s in it). I also have a battered Alpha currently at 92 flights.

Models I like to fly I tend to fly a bunch, so I have quite a few that are in the 25-40 flight range. These will also get replaced if they are lost or damaged beyond practical repair. One of these that immediately comes to mind is the little Checkmate mini-motor two-stager. I had 54 flights on one when a failure of the sustainer to light over a very hard surface pretty much took it out. Its replacement is up to 11 flights so far.

I agree also with Les that every one has to have at least one flight. I need to get some MMX birds built over the last few months flown....



Checkmate? I don't know that one. Who was the manufacturer? Got a photo?
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Joe,

https://estesrockets.com/product/007276-checkmate/

Jim Wilkerson took an amazing shot of my first one on July 3, 2019, catching it at the moment of staging. It was only 40 or 50 feet up at the time because I used an ancient 1/2A3-0T in the booster.
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Bernard-

Wow, that IS an amazing shot! Thanks for sharing!


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Bernard, thank you. I guess the reason I hadn't heard of it is that I don't keep up with current kit offerings. For some reason, I thought it was a vintage rocket. And Earl, you beat me to it.......that is the most incredible staging photo I've ever seen!


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Comrades:

I would say "depends". My Big Bertha has 20+ flights and will likely be flown until it can fly no longer. I think that should always be the answer for Big Berthas. On the other hand, I agree with Les and GH in that some scalers with fragile pieces get one flight under the theory that it's not a rocket until it flies and then they get retired. I have two BT-50 size Aerobees with 50+ flights each in support of my nephew's science fair projects. And I have a Soyuz with 12 flights and no damage (yet) to the lattice framework.

Like I said, depends.
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I would say "depends". My Big Bertha has 20+ flights and will likely be flown until it can fly no longer. I think that should always be the answer for Big Berthas.


In general Iíd agree with this. In fact I was just repairing the Big Bertha thatís in my high school colors after it got a less-than-two-second-delay in a Q-Jet D two weeks ago, which led to a stripped chute, a broken shock cord and the body streamlining in from ~400 feet. That was its 22nd flight.

BUTóI have a Big Bertha that is built according to the original BB plan and painted to resemble Vernís prototype that he signed at NSL in 2013 and another built for the Big Bertha contest at NARAM-56 thatís signed by both Vern and Gleda. These two are done flying.
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