Larry W.’s Boost Gliders

Larry W. of Crestwood, Kentucky, recently emailed us to share some photos of rockets he has built using parts that he purchased from and Semroc.

Larry has loved rockets since he was in the fifth grade and watched the Mercury astronuats
go into space.¬† He’s now a 40-year veteran of public and private education and teaches a course in Aerospace science at a private high school in Louisville, Kentucky.

First up is Larry’s scratch-built glider and booster. “The white rocket with the black glider has been flown before with a different glider as payload. The original glider was lost when it flew across the road from our launch site, passed over a small cornfield and was last seen moving toward some trees.”

Glide with White BoosterLarry has also crafted another glider which is more closely based on the X-20 Dyna-Soar space plane proposed by the US Air Force in the early days of the “Space Race.”

Titan III GliderThe Dyna Soar glider will be flown on top of a model of the Titan IIIC, the rocket that the Air Force had chosen to launch the Dyna Soar.

Titan III CentaurThe white booster uses a standard C6-3 motor while the Titan IIIC uses a larger C11-3 motor.

Thanks, Larry, for sharing your story and the photographs of your rockets!