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March 5, 1999
     Our model rocket club (Sky Performance Rocketry Club of Hawaii) was asked to perform a demonstration for Waiokeola Preschool. There were approximately six classes of preschoolers in attendance for the event. At least six of our club members showed up to help with the launch.
     We arrived a little later than I wanted to, but it seems like everybody on the island always wants to go the same direction that you want to go and that means there is always a lot of traffic. We did, however, get there a little before the bus full of excited children arrived.
    There were already 10 controllers and 10 launch pads set up with a few rockets already loaded on them. The launch pad area was roped off to prevent anyone from coming into the area accidentally. There were three radios for the recovery crew to use to communicate important information with the launch pad crew.
     There were very few clouds and only a very light wind was blowing that day. The first launch was a double. Two Alpha's were launched simultaneously: one with a streamer and the other one was with a parachute to demonstrate the difference. Next, two children from each class were called up to launch one rocket at a time. They were given a good lesson on safety and how the launchers worked by our club president.
     A megaphone was used by their director to explain safety practices, describe the rockets, and start the count down. After the Alphas, the following rockets were launched by the students (with a little help) a Fat Boy, Death Star, SkyWinder, Silver Comet, Shadow, BroadSword, and an upscale Mosquito. The final launch was made by their teacher. It was the only misfire and brought a good laugh from the children. The igniter was quickly replaced and the Big Daddy raced into the sky, it climbed real high, the 'chute deployed at apogee and the rocket was slowly carried away, only to be eaten by a tree.
     The rockets were all safely launched, and it appeared that everyone had a great time. I know that I did! It was something that I will remember for a long time. The local news channel sent a cameraman out to get a little video of the days events. It was replayed at 6:00 P.M. and got a little exposure for model rocketry and our club.
     After the children left, most of us stayed around to launch a few more rockets. It was a beautiful, sunny day. The Astrocam was the rocket of choice for several of us. There were three of them that flew several flights on B6-4's, C6-5's, and C6-7's. I flew mine a total of seven times. I also flew my scratch built Mini Mean Machine on its maiden flight. It flew well, but not very high. If I ever build another one, I will probably not make it for mini engines. I also flew the following:
1. Fire Streak - Two times on a B4-4
2. Commanche III - once on a B6-4. NOTE: If you fly this rocket single stage use a parachute.
3. Venom - once on an A8-3
4. Heat Seeker once on a B4-4
     Including the preschool launch I was able to get in 16 flights for the day. I lost two parachutes, my Big Daddy, and my Astrocam came down real hard a few times and ended up breaking two fins. I learned a lot and had a wonderful time,  and am already planning for the next launch!!!

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