Association of Rocketry (NAR) has been around since 1957. At one time, the Academy
of Model Aeronautics (AMA) was pretty tightly joined with them in covering model
rocketry events and promoting model rocketry. In fact, for while there was space
allotted in American Aircraft Modeler, AMA's monthly magazine, for model
rocketry. From February 1968 through August 1969 there was a newsletter feature
entitled "Model Rocketeer" in addition to a separate article, often written by
G. Harry Stine. A complete list
of all editions is provided below.
The NAR and AMA still work together. For
example, the National Aeronautic Association (NAA)
delegates authority for aeromodeling and spacemodeling to the
Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA),
who has in turn delegated Spacemodeling (model rocketry) to the NAR.
Click the NAR logo to the left and go to the membership page of today's National
Association of Rocketry. You can read a sample edition of the NAR's magazine,
Sport Rocketry, by clicking
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ing - it had no fins and carried 'boulder" size marble aloft. We later discovered
the dart was launched without a straw.
"It did not hit anyone when the ejection charge fired the marble downward at
great speed, but a spectator's '69 Javelin suffered a dent. The dart-maker wasted
no time disappearing, while we rocketeers faced a not-too-happy car owner. We offered
to pay for the damage but the gentleman finally said he would take care of it personally.
"Because of this serious incident and the fact that the wild engine or marble
could have hit someone - especially in the eyes our group immediately set down mandatory
safety rules to be followed by all rocketeers, including pre−launch model inspections.
"Please publish this letter for the sake of other rocketeers."
FIRST PERMANENT RANGE SITE?
(This info presented by courtesy of The Tracker, newsletter of the Southland
Assoc. of Rocketry/NAR Section, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Model rocket launchings may soon become legal within the city of Los Angeles.
If this does materialize it will be a result of efforts begun in late 1967 to incorporate
model rocketry into the aeromodeling activities already taking place at the L.A.
Model Airport near Van Nuys.
The prospective site is the Sepulveda Flood Control Basin, used by modelers for
the past 20 years. As part of a $75,000 proposal to the city Parks and Recreation
Dept., modelers would have a permanent flying area within L.A.
A $5,000 model rocket facility would be included in the package to be completed
in the next few years. This would be perhaps the first permanent and locally subsidized
model rocket site in the U. S.
Recently, the Southland NAR Section was invited to join in a demonstration of
model aviation for the benefit of city officials, to acquaint them with the safety
and educational value of model rocketry. Various types of vehicles were flown by
If all goes well, Southland and other active groups in the L.A. area will be
able to legally launch model rockets without traveling inconvenient distances to
a site. California is finally recognizing the true value of model rocketry. We hope
progress will continue towards that end.
(Any other NAR section working on a permanent site? - Author.)
CSAR IS ACTIVE SECTION IN OHIO
When citizens of Columbus observed Don Eisele Day, several CSAR (Columbus Society
for the Advancement of Rocketry) members participated. George Pantalos, CSAR chairman,
and member Joe Baxter presented Astronaut Eisele with a club membership and scale
model Saturn lB.
CSAR also announced a Midwest Regional Meet June 28-29 in preparation for NARAM-11.
Events are Parachute Duration, Spot Landing, Boost/Glide, PeeWee Payload, Scale
Altitude, and Egglofting, Write: 1191 Shanley Dr., Columbus, Ohio, 43229 for info.
SHORT BURSTS FROM THE PAD
Bob Mullane, president of NAR's Pascack Valley Section in Harrison, N. J., called
attention to a mistake in the Rocketeer column, March '69, when we mentioned NARHAMS'
(Lanham, Md.) Jim Barrowman as a PVS member. So the editor hereby agrees to haul
all equipment to the NARHAMS range and tear it down after some future launch, to
make up any recent loss of section progress .... Xaverian High
School Model Rocketry Society's Vol. 1, No.1 issue The Xaverian Newsletter joins
the list of section publications launched in January-March. TXN's single sheet format
is easily read, neatly done. Kudos to James Bratcher, president of the Brooklyn,
N. Y. NAR section, and Ihor Jadlickyj, vp, and Richard Malecki, sec. (NAR members
It is NAR policy, as with most non-profit organizations, to refrain from publicizing
individual model rocket manufacturers, in this space. However, if you need the address
of any MR manufacturers, write NAR Hdqrs.) Larry Loos.
May 4 & 25; June 1 & 29; and July 13 - Fairchester, Conn. contests.
June 8 - CONN-1 Area Meet (Conn. State NAR members). Events: Scale, Sparrow BIG,
Class I P.D., and Open Spot Landing.
June 22 - SPQR-3 Regional Meet (Conn., R. I., Mass., N. Y., N. J. & Pa;).
Plastic Model, Super Scale, Scale, Drag Race, Swift BIG, & Class 2 P.D.
July 27 - Regional Meet SPQR-4 (same states). Events: Quadrathon, R&D. (Note:
For CONN-I, SPQR-3 & 4 Meets, contact:
G. Harry Stine, Contest Director; 127 Bickford Lane, New Canaan, Conn. 06840).
Posted October 16, 2020