About Airplanes & Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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Philip with His First Estes Alpha Rocket

Philip Blattenberger preparing launching his Estes Alpha model rocket - Airplanes and RocketsLike 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.

Estes 1971 Model Rocketry Catalog - Pages 16 & 17Pages 16 and 17 from the 1971 Estes Model Rocketry Catalog are shown to the right.

Philip Blattenberger launching his Estes Alpha model rocket - Airplanes and Rockets

Specifications:

Price = $1.50
Length = 12.25" (31.1 cm)
Body Diameter = 0.976" (24.8 cm)
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.



Estes Alpha rocket kit









Estes Alpha rocket kit