And you call yourselves rocketry geeks...

Yesterday, September 27th, was the 75th anniversary of the VfR - Verein fur Raumschiffahrt (Society for Space Travel) receiving the keys to gates of the
vacant town owned facility in Reicnickendorf Germany, making it essentially the first launch field for any organized rocketry club.
This is where the VfR did their first tests on liquid fueled rockets. Of particular interest to folks who launch under tight local restrictions, is what happened to the club after they launched a rocket that landed on and set fire to an abandoned shack shortly after they started launching their first 'Rrepulsor' models.
The police came and instituted the following restictions before allowing them to continue experiments: 1. No rockets (with fuel) greater than 11lbs 2. Rocket motor must have made 3 flawless test runs 3. Heavier rockets require special permits and authorization before launch. 4. Flights only on workdays between 7am and 3pm 5. No rocket flights allowed on windy days.
So in case one has wondered how long after the advent of EX it was before the "man" came down on his head with restrictions on usage, about a month or two.
In case your curious source is an old copy of Rockets Missles and Space Travel by Willy Ley (Von Braun's mentor), published in 1951. Found it on ebay, great read on the history of rockets from their earliest beginnings. Ley was quite the historian.
Mark
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Hey Mark,
Yesterday? September 27th or October 27th?
Regardless, great little bit of history!
Did they say they could fax in the permit requests?!?! <vbg>
Andy
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