Saturday, July 18, 2009

Plane Crazy Saturday Celebrates Space

With the 40th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing just a couple of days away, the theme for the July Plane Crazy Saturday was rocketry, with lots of nice hardware on display. XCOR Aerospace pulled out, for the first time, their Rocket Racer and parked it nose-to-nose with the pioneering EZ-Rocket. The Racer was XCOR's early prototype for the Rocket Racing League, and debuted at last year's Oshkosh AirVenture air show, but this is the first time that it has been shown publically at Mojave. (Curiously, the RRL folks have been oddly silent, at least as far as media releases goes, since late last makes one wonder if the recession hasn't affected them as well - we'll see if they show up at Reno this year, as was promised.)

XCOR's Aleta Jackson braved the 110 degree heat and patiently explained the rocketplane's workings to a steady stream of curious visitors (below).

Masten Space Systems had their Zombie rocket test vehicle on hand as well. It now has over a dozen flights to its credit, with the program continuing to move forward. The Mojave Desert Advanced Rocket Society (MDARS) had a number of large rockets on display in the AVGAS hangar (a tip of the hat to Rob for providing the space!) which intrigued the kids as well as the adults.

Matt Stinemetze was up in his Long-EZ, with a nice low pass down runway 8 - Matt's plane holds the distinction of being the oldest Long-EZ around, Burt himself having initiated construction.

1 comment:

mike said...

Thanks for the (as always) great pictures.