Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby Scoop1261 » Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:35 am

With the last items returned to Perth, and much of the unpacking, sorting gear, and re-organizing of storage now done, I am very happy to say that the Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016 - Destination Moon was an unmitigated success!

A HUGE thanks to all those who attended from far & wide, thanks also to the locals who helped with setup, tear down, logistics, catering and so much more.
Thank you to all the flyers, and attendees who have posted photos or video, thank you to our sponsors who made a whole heap of infrastructure possible.

Thank you to Blake for coordinating a killer Fireworks extravaganza and arranging shipping and supply of various motors.

We couldn't do these types of events without the support of our rocketry community, thanks AMRS for endorsing the "National Circus" events! I look forward to the next one somewhere on the East coast and to Thunda 2018!

Hopefully we will return to Williams in 2019 with the next installment in the adventure!
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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby yeocrew » Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:18 pm

all i can say is wow nice work thanks to every one there was a great couple of days nice to finally meet people i have only chatted with over internet well done

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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby kopius » Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:21 am

I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to say it at the banquet on the Saturday night before the fireworks, but again the biggest thanks must goto Dave (aka Scoop), Mel (aka Lamington Lady) and Denholm (aka Denholm) for the endless hours and effort that go into running a major event like this. Having first hand experience, I know it can be trying, but seeing the support from our small but ever growing and very active collaboration of rocketeers and their families is priceless!!

Having barely unpacked from WWW2016 and just returning from Victoria on the weekend for other rocket activities, I look forward to spending this coming weekend in Perth again for AYRC where we will undoubtedly be discussing the next big event. There are big shoes to fill now as WARS has taken the 'rocket party' to a whole new level!


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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby Passaretti » Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:28 pm

Firstly, A massive thank you to Dave, Mel & Dee for everything they did to put this amazing event together!! Your generosity and hospitality are second to none. Thank you a million times over and I can't wait to see you guys again.

My apologies for posting so late, but I only got back home a few days ago. My time in Australia was too short. There was simply too little time to catch up with all the great people I met almost five years ago. Not to mention, meet all the new faces that have since joined this amazing group. I really wish I could have met everyone, and I am sure I did not ... So I guess that means I will be coming back! Here are just a few of my personal pictures taken over the 7 days I was in Aus. I have some video I am editing and hope to post that soon as well.



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The 29 hrs of travel is worth it for Mel's famous cheeseboards alone ...
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I hate to admit it but this stuff is starting to grow on me ...
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Just in case anyone had any trouble finding the where the American's where camping ...
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Nic & Margreth's camp - They mean business!
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After all these years I finally figured out how to get Blake out of my hair ... Give him a bunch of fireworks to set-up. Ritalin is no match for a bunch of fireworks!
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Drew - What can I say. Thank you for this amazing treat. Believe it or not, the last time I had deep fried turkey was in Aus 5 years ago. It seems I have to travel 12,000 miles to have it... I will be back for more!
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Because we were outside the reach of the PA system when this M2250 MD was launched, I did not hear the flight announcement. I only now, having watched one of the flight line videos, realized that the rocket was dubbed "Little Mikey" F*ckers ....
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A massive thank you to Nic & Margreth for thinking of me and hauling this beautiful piece of work out to WA so I would have something to fly.


David Bell's Patriot. Truly a treat to see in person. This is one of my all time favorite missiles. David's build quality did it all the justice it deserves and more. Congrats on the great flight David!
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Al working diligently until he realized the the fins wouldn't clear the launch tower rings :shock: I think the tower builder must have got the imperial and metric units mixed up. Perhaps a case of too much Bundy & Coke? :P
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I just had to introduce this beautiful Aussie puppy to a REAL football :) Her expression says it all. Sorry guys.
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Shhh ... Listen closely. Notice anything strange?? Hint: Blake is focused and more importantly, very quiet ...
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The folks who made this wonderful event possible, ceremoniously loading the largest mortar of Saturday night's show.
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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby drew » Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:38 pm

Awesome pictures Little Mikey! :lol:

Seriously though, it was great to have you back in WA. You can always count on a deep fried turkey anytime you're in Perth!
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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby Rich-N-Sam » Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:48 pm

So good so very very good. :D
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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby Rich-N-Sam » Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:20 am

CATO wrote:Just re-posting this clip as it was removed as a part of the upgrade.


This is just fantastic
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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby AlBychek » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:09 pm

Hey everyone,
Sorry this took so long, but I have been really busy. Anyway.....

A big thanks to EVERYONE involved, for putting on this great event and I was really happy I could attend and be a part of it. I had a blast and would really like to do it all again. It was so great to see old friends, make new friends (who will be old friends next time I see you), hang out, drink, eat and be merry all weekend. Oh yeah, I think there was a rocket launch involved, also! A 45KW generator? HUGE LED screen and a massive marquee? Wow. And the food, it was the best! the kitchen staff did such a wonderful job, out in the middle of nowhere. And I saw them tasting everything to make sure it all turned out great! what dedication!

Mel and Dave, a big thanks for putting me up and putting up with me! I could not ask for better hosts.
Drew and Jodi, always a great time when we meet up and treating me like part of the family.(Drew, I got pictures to send you)
Margreth, I NEED MY MEDICINE!
Nic, after I had to FIX your tower with a skill saw, to launch my rocket, you just left it with Dave?!?!? What's up with that?
Chris, you are way too quite, but now I know for sure that you are indeed, sneaky!
Joe, great meeting you and your family and we had some great talks around the fire pit.
Sam, please don't depend on me to find your rocket anymore, I can't take the pressure, and want to end with a 100% recovery record!
David, I got this rocket that needs a travel case. Oh, okay, never mind, I'll stick with my suitcase or cardboard box.
Blake, I made it out of the country before the authorities found me. (Geesh, let the American do it, so we don't get into trouble!?!)

Just to repeat myself, I am old you know, it was great time and I hope I made a lot of new friends. I love hanging out with the people of Oz, you all are the best in my book.
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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby AlBychek » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:51 pm

Just a few of my pictures.....
Now that's a rocket motor! (Whew! glad it worked!)
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Nice crowd
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Chris looking right at home in the back of the ute
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Drew looking bored, just another rocket....
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Lucky 7 landing site
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Lucky 7
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More impressive seen at night...
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Yummy!
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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby Viking » Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:07 pm

Great photo's Al, is your video online anywhere?
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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby CATO » Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:49 pm

Thanks for sharing Al...
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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby OverTheTop » Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:22 pm

Sounds like you had a great time Al :D Glad you enjoyed your visit downunder.
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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby cryoscum » Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:12 pm

Al's tracking skills are legendary! Proof is indeed in the pudding :)
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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby Rich-N-Sam » Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:39 pm

Such nice photos! Thanks for posting!


AlBychek wrote:Just a few of my pictures.....
Now that's a rocket motor! (Whew! glad it worked!)
DSC02449s.jpg

Nice crowd
DSC02453s.jpg

Chris looking right at home in the back of the ute
DSC02461s.jpg

Drew looking bored, just another rocket....
DSC02469s.jpg

Lucky 7 landing site
IMG_3964s.jpg

Lucky 7
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More impressive seen at night...
IMG_3971s.jpg

Yummy!
IMG_3978s.jpg
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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2016

Postby martymonsta » Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:05 pm

AlBychek wrote:Hey everyone,
Sorry this took so long, but I have been really busy. Anyway.....

A big thanks to EVERYONE involved, for putting on this great event and I was really happy I could attend and be a part of it. I had a blast and would really like to do it all again. It was so great to see old friends, make new friends (who will be old friends next time I see you), hang out, drink, eat and be merry all weekend.


It was great to meet you Al, (crossing paths at Thunda didn't really count) so glad that you made the trip and hopefully we will meet again at another launch in the not to distant future.

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