Titan 4 from Vandenberg Oct. 23 local

JRBURCA@aol.com
Sat, 25 Oct 1997 04:16:26 -0400 (EDT)

I made the gamble and drove the 2.5 hrs. one way to see it.  This
time it paid off.  I was just off Ocean Ave. I believe about 4 miles
away.  The launch pad is not visible from there hidden by a hill.
There were mostly clouds but not too low.  When it first launched
we saw a glow light up the clouds and landscape at about 7:32 PM
PDT.  A couple of seconds later, we saw the rocket and flame
exhaust climb up into the clouds where it became invisible but still
illuminating the clouds.  Fortunately, there was a clear spot between
the clouds about 45 degrees up so we were able to see it clearly
for a while.  What can I say?  Very bright, very exciting, very 
spectacular, a lot of fun to watch.  And of course the permeating
rumble which hit us a few seconds after the sight of the rocket and
flame.  This is the kind of noise I like to here with no high frequency
component.  It was kind of hard to see the rocket though because of 
the brightness of the exhaust.  Just wanted you to know that at least
one SeeSater was there to make sure everything went well.  :-)

I just wonder how this compares to a Shuttle launch.

Jake Rees
Burbank, Calif., USA