One of the Huff clan, Don I think, wanted to fly a rocket on Monday right after Cheri flew her last rocket for AirFest.  I think it was a stretched patriot and it appears to be a four grain motor.

AirFest flame out

When the button was pushed there was a nice little flame that came out the bottom of the rocket.  However it was more like just the flame from the igniter but not the motor.  It then seemed to chuff a few times and then finally it appeared to form a true flame front.


Things kind of went south from there.





As you can see here, the upper section of the rocket has popped off and all of the dog barf has been ejected.  On one of the other photos I have you can even see what appears to be a GPS until taped to the shock cord.  I don’t think he is going to need it for this recovery.

If you look close at the bottom of the photo on the left you can see a small little burning item below the rocket and to the left hand side.  I’m not sure if that is the igniter or if it’s a small chunk of propellant.



I have a few more photos of the upper section of the rocket and the insulation falling back to the ground but they are about the same as the ones you see here. The story of this rocket is not quite over yet.


So here in the photo on the left you can see that the upper section of the rocket has safely landed on the ground next to the launch pad.  It appears that it’s all over.  BUUUTTTTT, if you take a closer look at the photo there appears to be something else coming out of the rocket now.

The image on the right is the same photo but with a different crop.  If you look closely you can see the forward closure of the motor about 12 inches over the top of the rocket.




While I said before that things went south…  Now it’s really going to get bad for this rocket.  Most of the fuel grains at this point decide it’s much too hot in the motor case to hang out there.  Below I am going to add the remaining photos without the text about it.  I think the photos tell the story better than I can.