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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Estes Yankee Rocket

Estes Yankee on launch pad - Philip Blattenberger - Airplanes and RocketsThe Estes Yankee was the first rocket that Philip Blattenberger built pretty much by himself. I say pretty much because I did provide some guidance during the assembly and painting. This picture was taken in our back yard in Smithsburg, Maryland. We had about 1½ acres in the country and were able to launch rockets (and fly airplanes) from the the yard. It was pretty nice until a bunch of houses were built around us.

Philip Blattenberger launches his Yankee rocket - Airplanes and Rockets

Philip Blattenberger Launching His
Estes Yankee Model Rocket

Estes Yankee Rocket - Airplanes and Rockets

This is 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.

The launch pad is a custom designed and built model that is made of pine wood and painted enamel blue. A piece of 1/8" music wire serves as the launch rod, and the blast shield is made from a tin can bottom. The angle of the launch rod is adjustable with a thumb screw. As you can see, the wind was pretty strong that day since the angle is pretty high.

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