just about everybody else who flies model rockets, I began my model rocketeering adventure by building and flying
an Estes Alpha model rocket. When it came time to introduce my son, Philip, and daughter, Sally, to model rocketry,
an Alpha was the natural choice. The photos below were taken in our yard in Smithsburg, Maryland, sometime around
1992. As you can tell by the severe angle of the launch pad (custom-built), the winds were rather high that day.
Unfortunately, all the work I put into trying to instill an interest in model rockets and model airplanes in Philip
was pretty much wasted. Sally actually picked up an interest in models, though.
16 and 17 from the 1971 Estes Model Rocketry Catalog
are shown to the right.
Price = $1.50
Length = 12.25" (31.1 cm)
Body Diameter = 0.976" (24.8
Weight = 0.8 oz. (23 grams)
A very cool picture, if I do say so myself. A Minolta 35 mm SLR camera was
used with 400 ASA film. It was taken sometime around 1992, before digital cameras.
Below is the Estes Astron
Alpha model rocket kit that I purchased on eBay. I specifically wanted one of the original kits that does not have
plastic fins and nose cone.