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Carl@Semroc 08-16-2009 11:41 PM

Vern's original Big Bertha
 
One of the highlights of NARAM-51 for me was the launch of Vern's original Big Bertha. I had seen it many times over the years, but did not realize that it was the original. The nose cone is a REAL BNC-60L, probably one of the first off the Ranger grinding wheel. It has a more complex shape than the later more elliptical cones with the same designation. It will probably be released as BNC-60LV.

Prepping the Big Bertha was more than I had bargained for. I had an A8-3, but Vern insisted on a B6-4. The field was smaller than I liked for that piece of history to get lost. As usual, Vern knew better. It landed less than 50 feet away.

Original Big Bertha
Vern and Gleda Checking in Bertha with John, Gordy, and Bill
Original Big Bertha Flight at NARAM-51

mycrofte 08-17-2009 02:59 AM

I guess that answers "Traveler's" question about "How long does a rocket last?".

Cool pictures, thanx!

P.S. I can't play your video. I can only guess you did it on a Vista system.

mperdue 08-17-2009 05:26 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by mycrofte
I guess that answers "Traveler's" question about "How long does a rocket last?".

Not yet.

Mario

GregGleason 08-17-2009 08:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Carl@Semroc

... with John, Gordy, and Bill




I need help here.

John ???
Gordy - Gordon Agnello
Bill ???


Greg

jetlag 08-17-2009 08:20 AM

I imagine that 'Bill' is Bill Stine.
John? No idea, but I'm sure I'll do a 'Doh' when we find out............

Allen

Carl@Semroc 08-17-2009 09:11 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by GregGleason
I need help here.

John ???
Gordy - Gordon Agnello
Bill ???


Greg


John Dyer - Red River Rocketry
Gordon Agnello - Roachwerks & Excelsior
Bill Spadafora - CMASS & S&T

jetlag 08-17-2009 09:16 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carl@Semroc
Bill Spadafora - CMASS & S&T


Whoops..................darned imagination :chuckle:
Allen

PaulK 08-17-2009 09:25 AM

Cool. Carl, thanks for sharing this. Wouldn't it be great if a decal set was available so we could decorate our Bertha's like this? (Hint to those with an Alps...).

Carl@Semroc 08-17-2009 09:30 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jetlag
I imagine that 'Bill' is Bill Stine.
Bill Stine was there earlier in the week.

Carl@Semroc 08-17-2009 09:32 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulK
Cool. Carl, thanks for sharing this. Wouldn't it be great if a decal set was available so we could decorate our Bertha's like this? (Hint to those with an Alps...).
Sandman got multiple views, as did I, if anyone needs them. There is so much white, it will require an Alps or silkscreen.


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