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17th WSMC in Lleida, Spain
August 22- 26, 2008

Panorama of flying site. Junior Teams to left, Seniors Teams to right. U.S. Senior Team at far right

Notable Links:

George's near-daily reports for LAUNCH Magazine during the trip:

Thoughts on Deep Recovery - By Mike Rangitsch

Tuesday - August 19th

Most Team members flew in to Barcelona, many of those on a Continental flight from Newark.

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The plane we flew on.

NAR President Trip Barber, Ed Pearson, and Nick Rivieccio at the Newark Airport

Wednesday - August 20th

Thursday - August 21st

Arrived in Barcelona,
where we spent 2 days.

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At the Hotel, gathering to go out as a group

Some of the group at lunch

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Columbus Monument
Plaque for monument
Some spacey street art
"Euro Store"
(like a Dollar store, everything one Euro)
Friday - August 22nd

Travel to Lleida,
unpack models,
static test engines

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Program for the WSMC

Outside the hotel in Lleida

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John Hoccheimer gluing on fins
First Team Briefing
Static Test Firing of a D or E
Mike Humphrey and Steve Humphrey
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Discussion during testing
Interesting Range Box during an A test
Motor Impound boxes

Saturday - August 23rd

Practice Day

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Bus to the field

Field was a dirt airfield, whose runway
was open on Practice Day

A view back toward Leeida
from the field

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Junior Team member Matthew Berk's S8D R/C Rocket Glider launch
Greg Stewart's S8E-P model
used spoilerons for descent
Kevin Kuczek used Flaperons
to control descent
Jennifer-Ash Poole, John Hoccheimer, and Trip Barber watch a Parachute model drift away
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George's S8E-P model (left), Steve
Humphrey, & Greg Stewart's model (right)
John Langford watches
as Greg Stewart flies
Kevin Kuczek flying as
Nick Riviccio watches

Saturday - August 23rd
(night)

Opening Ceremonies

(at a local sports arena)

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U.S. Team photo

Chinese Team

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Sunday - August 24th

S9A Helicopter

S6A Streamer

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At Dawn, at the field

Keith Vinyard with his S9A Copter model

George's S9A Copter model

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Esther Clark readies her
S6A Streamer model

A contestant signals ready for launch
Crews on close recovery
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S3A Streamer model descent
Pat Butler with his vellum S3A models
Juniors tossing a football at Lunch

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Results of Senior S9A Copter
George took the Bronze Medal
Greg Stewart hunting thermals, using a
Kestrel unit graphing temperature
A flop-rotor type S9A model
Tony Reynolds and Pat Butler shortly
before a flight in S6A Streamer
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Junior Team pad area

Junior Team, as Katherine Humphrey
flies her S9A Copter model
Junior S9A Copter and Senior S6A
Streamer models share a thermal.
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Tony Reynolds & S6A
Tony, Pat, & John H.
A short range recovey crew
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US Team Manager John Langford
with models returned to the U.S. Team
Sun-SET
Awards and medals
George (right) wins Bronze
Medal in S9A Copter

                   RESULTS

Monday - August 25th

S8-D Rocket Glide (Juniors)
S8-E-P Rocket Glide (Seniors)

S3A Parachute

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Nick Rivieccio launches
his S3A Parachute model

Steve Humphrey, Nick R., Mike Rangitsch,
& Trip Barber during S3A

Trip looking for a thermal for Mike

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Launch of Mike's S3A
Full deploy

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Junior S8D R/C R/G boost
Female flier on the Czech Jr. Team
Kevin K, Greg S., Matthew Berke
& Ellis Langford during S8D
Ed Pearson, as
FAI Jury member
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Matthew Berke's S8D launch
Matthew's model & the moon
Mike Humphrey flying S8D
A look over Mike's shoulder
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British S8E-P model,
Mike Francies' design.
S8E-P model banking left
to hit the landing tape
Ben Reynolds launching his
S3A Parachute model
Katherine Humphrey, Bill Stine,
Philip Rangitsch, & Ben Reynolds
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Pilots and spotters near the
upwind end of the landing zone
Why I call this event "precision crash".
A Kamikaze landing busted the left wing.
Left- George's glider. Bottom - Greg's bird,
Middle - Kevin's bird, & (r) Steve Huimphrey
Kevin Kuczek's "Push-It 2"
is launched
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Kevin flying while Greg Spots
"Why Yes, I am a Rocket Scientist"
did not translate quite right here.
Philip Rangitsch finds a solution to the
problem of a tall tower that did not tilt
Greg Stewart's bird flying along with the
flaperons deployed "up" for spoileron effect.
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Greg's glider nailing the landing,
and ALMOST another model.
Keith Vinyard and a table full
of S4A Boost Gliders
S8E-P model coming in to land,
two others already landed

                   RESULTS

  • S8E-P Rocket Glide Senior results held over till Wednesday
Tuesday - August 26th

S4A Boost Glide

S7 Scale World Cup

S8E-P Senior Completion

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Matthew Berk trimming
a S4A Boost Glider

An FAI Judge was wearing
a Rocket Boys Cap!

Check-in for S4A Gliders

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See the Models Page for info on the design
that won Nigel Bathe a Silver medal
Trip Barber loads his S4A Glider
Thermal pole, with
Kestrel anemometer
Set to display temperature
as a time graph
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John Hoccheimer ready for S4A
Wrold Cup S7 Scale
Ariane is launched

The winning model, an Ariane LP44
by Bedrich Pavko of the Czech Republic.
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Little Joe I's by Wladyslaw Starobrat
(Poland) & James Duffy (US)
Bill Stine watches as James' model
launches on four C6 engines
John Langford gives James a water bottle
version of a "Gatorade" sports celebration
S8E-P pilots are upwind
end of landing zone
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Mike Francies' Model

Model coming in to land near the tape
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Looks like at least 4 models scored
100 point landings in that group
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Greg Stewart's model launch
Kevin Kuczek
100 point landing by Kevin
S7 Scale World Cup Results
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Two Czech Jr's with S4A Gliders
Ben Reynolds preps for S4A
Kevin's bird launches safely in 25+ MPH
winds, note model blown back three feet!
Final S8E-P results,
George won the Silver Medal.

                   RESULTS

Wednesday - August 27th

Port Aventura
Amusement Park

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Many of the U.S Team members went on the excursion to the Port Aventura Amusement Park.
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Wednesday - August 27th

Banquet

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Ian Dowsett of the U.K. and
NAR President Trip Barber
George, Nick, and Kevin
Days ran too long to give awards at the
field, so they did it before the Banquet

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Female Chinese Sr. Team member
Zhang Li won the Gold in S3A
George awarded the
Silver Medal in S8

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Most of the U.S. Junior
Team at the banquet

Jon Langford and Ed Pearson

Thursday - August 28th

Leave Lleida, for Barcelona

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Greg Stewart, George Gassaway, & Kevin Kuczek with S8 models. Lleida in background

George with S8 and S9 models
he medalled with

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In Barcelona Subway, with Nick
Nick at the Gaudi
La Sagrada Familia Church

Nick and Kevin
Friday - August 29th

Fly back to U.S.

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