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Bail-Out
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SPECS: 24.5" x 1.64" - 3.1 oz
ROCKSIM FILE: MISSING - please submit here
SpaceCAD FILE: MISSING - please submit here
REC'D MOTORS: B4-2, B6-2, C5-3, C6-3, C6-5

Rating
(Contributed - by David Fergus - 03/22/03)

Rocket PicBrief:
Single-stage, wide-body rocket for carrying small GI-Joe or other small objects for ejection at apogee and recovery by parachute. Nose cone recovers by streamer.

Construction:
The kit includes:

  • Standard Estes white BT-60 body tube
  • Easy twist access single piece fin can/motor mount
  • Black plastic nose cone
  • Nice adhesive backed decal set
  • 12 inch harness for attaching to a man (which is not included)

Very easy to construct. Glue in a motor mount and the upper portion of the twist on fin can, glue in shock cord mount, install decals and recovery devices and it is ready.

Finishing:
The picture gives you the impression that the GI-Joe or other small object ejects out the side of the upper body of the rocket. The decal of a large door is only that, a decal. The man ejects out the top. No painting is required.

Construction Rating: 3 out of 5

Rocket Pic

Flight:
Flies well on B or C. Flew once on A8 without a man on board, and only flew about 50 feet high, ejecting just above the ground.

I now have ten flights on this guy. The kids flew this 4 times yesterday in a preliminary spot landing experiment for a rocket competition they are entered in later this year.

Recovery:
Don't put too big a chute on the man figure (Johnny Quest is the usual passenger), it will drift forever if you do. Finally decided to use a streamer with the man and a 12 inch chute for the rocket body, nose cone glides with a 12 inch plastic streamer.

Flight Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:
Very simple rocket that an 8 yr old can prep and fly, very robust, surviving 10 flights so far including a core sample (picture of dirt and partially ejected purple chute included)

Overall Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

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GUEST's OPINION:
05/03 - "This rocket is one of our favorites. We found that the BT is a little too small for many "action figures- those guys are just too broad in the shoulders. We like to fly the rocket with 2 -4 of the dime store mini paratroopers as cargo. The only thing to watch out for is the different drift rates of the pieces as they fall. The nose cone, with it's streamer, comes almost straight down. The Rocket, with it's parachute will drift downrange some. The figure, with the biggest 'chute, will drift much further. This can make it challenging to track and retrieve all the parts." (W.M.)

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SPECIFIC ROCKET TIP:
05/03 - "We added a pair of little foam delta wing gliders, attached with a small piece of dowel into matching lengths of launch lug. Gliders are mounted close to the rocket's fins. With the extra drag, we only use B or C engines with the gliders. We call it the ""airshow". At ejection, the rocket now releases two gliders and up to four little paratrooper toys, plus the nosecone and main rocket parachute. Makes for a real crowd pleaser!" (W.M. )

[Enter Flight Log]
Date Name Motor Ejection/
Altitude
Wind Notes
06-15-1992 Moe Bertrand Est SU C6-3 Didn't Record Didn't Record Flight Picture - Launched a rhino and a parasite glider...successful recovery
07-19-1992 Moe Bertrand Est SU B6-4 Didn't Record Didn't Record - Bailout with Big Bertha fins added in place of the destroyed clear plastic locking fin unit. Good flight.
07-20-1992 Moe Bertrand Est SU C6-7 Just Past (1-2sec) Didn't Record - Bail-Out with Big Bertha style fins and nose cone added. Flew perfectly. Landed quite close to launch pad.
07-20-1992 Moe Bertrand Est SU C6-7 Just Past (1-2sec) Didn't Record - Another perfect flight of the Bail-Out with Big Bertha style fins and nose cone added. Landed fairly close to pad.
02-09-2002 Donald Besaw Est SU B6-4 Just Past (1-2sec) 0-5 mph winds - Nice slow launch. Used 18 inch chute for the Gi-Joe figure, worked great. All parts recovered close to pad.
11-24-2002 Donald Besaw Est SU B6-4 Apogee - NC Down 5-10 mph winds - Nice flight. Had a slight wobble on the way up. No damage.
06-19-2003 Donald Besaw Est SU B6-4 Just Past (1-2sec) Calm - Nice flight. No damage.
03-11-2004 Donald Besaw Est SU C6-5 Very Late 0-5 mph winds - Somewhat nice flight, lots of weathercocking and a very late ejection about 30-40 feet off the ground. Everything recovered. No damage.
10-12-1996 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - NC Down 0-5 mph winds -
10-12-1996 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - NC Down 0-5 mph winds -
10-12-1996 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - NC Down 0-5 mph winds -
11-09-1997 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - NC Up 5-10 mph winds -
11-09-1997 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - NC Up 5-10 mph winds -
11-09-1997 Bill Eichelberger Est SU C6-5 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds -
10-16-1999 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds -
10-16-1999 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds -
10-16-1999 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds -
10-14-2000 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds -
07-15-2001 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-6 Very Late 0-5 mph winds - New nose cone after original went with the wind last flight. Underpowered flight.
10-10-2001 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Didn't Record 0-5 mph winds -
10-10-2001 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Didn't Record 0-5 mph winds -
11-11-2001 Bill Eichelberger Est SU C6-5 Apogee - Perfect Gusty - Great flight. Army man last seen heading for I-71. I should probably buy them by the case from now on.
07-14-2002 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - NC Down 0-5 mph winds - Nice flight with new jumper. Final flight of the day despite being slated for more because someone sat on the fin can and broke a fin off. Some kids just never learn.
07-06-2003 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect Gusty - Kid's launch. First flight since repair. Army man and rocket recovered intact.
11-02-2003 Bill Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Rocket recovered better than army man.
11-09-1997 Sam Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - NC Up 5-10 mph winds - Some scorching of chutes. Rocket landed hard on plastic fin and ended it's day. (Out of engines anyway.) GI JOE lives to fly another day.
11-09-1997 Sam Eichelberger Est SU C6-5 Apogee - NC Up 5-10 mph winds - Drifted off into a grove of trees, but we managed to recover it despite the fact that the trees were of the thorny variety.
11-09-1997 Sam Eichelberger Est SU C6-5 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds - Wild flight, but everything returned intact including the passenger.
10-14-2000 Sam Eichelberger Est SU B6-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds RIP - Winds weren't much to talk about, but strong enough to carry the action figure into a tree 20 feet up. (Still there as of 4-20-01.) Status: Tree/Roof
08-20-1998 David Fergus Est SU B6-4 None - Unknown 0-5 mph winds -
08-20-1998 David Fergus Est SU B6-4 None - Unknown 0-5 mph winds -
08-28-1998 David Fergus Est SU B6-4 Didn't Record 0-5 mph winds -
10-10-1998 David Fergus Est SU C6-5 Didn't Record 0-5 mph winds -
06-12-1999 David Fergus Est SU C6-5 Didn't Record Didn't Record -
03-04-2000 David Fergus Est SU C6-3 Didn't Record Didn't Record -
06-23-2001 David Fergus Est SU C6-5 Just Past (1-2sec) 10+ mph winds -
03-15-2003 David Fergus Est SU A8-3 Very Late 5-10 mph winds - not enough motor, ejected just above ground
03-15-2003 David Fergus Est SU B6-4 Just Past (1-2sec) 5-10 mph winds - better than A8-3
03-15-2003 David Fergus Est SU C6-5 Just Past (1-2sec) 5-10 mph winds - some spinning on the way up
07-09-2005 Reid Smith Est SU B6-4 None - Parachute Fail Calm - Pretty much a disaster. chute ejected but didn't deploy and resulting descent was basically the reverse of ascent, landing fins first. it was going so fast it whistled on the way down, broke the pins that lock the fin section.
   

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