Re: Titan 4 Launched

J. Donald Gardner (fn470@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Fri, 24 Oct 1997 08:09:08 -0400 (EDT)

Reply to message from slhuston@juno.com of Thu, 23 Oct

>The Titan 4 was launched tonight from Vandenberg AFB.  I saw it from
>Newport Beach at 7:34 by my watch, which I haven't set recently.  Quite
>an impressive sight, despite some scattered clouds.  The plume from the
>solid motors was about 1 deg. long.  After solid separation, it moved in
>and out of the clouds and I wasn't able to track it too much longer.

I observed the launch from Dockwater State Beach between L.A. International
Airport and the Pacific.  Clouds were a major problem.  I saw the orange 
plume in the NW at about 7:33pm PDT but only for about 3 seconds.  It was 
only about 5 deg. above the horizon.  It dissappeared behind a cloud for
a second then re-emerged for another second - no more than 10 deg above 
the horizon. The clouds obscured everything after that.

Many thank to Brian Webb for the advice on photographing the launch.  It
was not to be. I never got the shot.  By the time I realize what I was
seeing, it was gone.

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Don Gardner
  
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