Association of Rocketry (NAR) has been around since 1957. At one time, the Academy
of Model Aeronautics (AMA) was pretty tightly joined with them in covering model
rocketry events and promoting model rocketry. In fact, for while there was space
allotted in American Aircraft Modeler, AMA's monthly magazine, for model
rocketry. From February 1968 through August 1969 there was a newsletter feature
entitled "Model Rocketeer" in addition to a separate article, often written by
G. Harry Stine. A complete list
of all editions is provided below.
The NAR and AMA still work together. For
example, the National Aeronautic Association (NAA)
delegates authority for aeromodeling and spacemodeling to the
Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA),
who has in turn delegated Spacemodeling (model rocketry) to the NAR.
Click the NAR logo to the left and go to the membership page of today's National
Association of Rocketry. You can read a sample edition of the NAR's magazine,
Sport Rocketry, by clicking
the thumbnail image to the right (here is
(click for larger version)
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Mullane, John Belkewitch, Jr., J. Talley Guill, Joseph V. Persio, Patrick Staken,
Elaine Sadkowski (secretary), and Jay Apt (chairman).
TWO CONVENTIONS PLANNED FOR SPRING
NAR members should plan to attend at least one of the two conventions set for
this spring. The first will be the fourth annual Pittsburgh Spring Convention, March
14, 15 and 16, to be hosted by the Steel City Section, 1824 Wharton St., Pittsburgh,
15203 (write for details, include stamped envelope).
Second gathering of NAR members this spring is the M.LT. Section's third annual
National Model Rocketry Convention, the weekend of April 4, 1969, at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. Age and sex is no barrier to attending; all NAR members
Host for the event is M.LT. Model Rocket Society, at M.LT. Branch, P. O. Box
110, Cambridge, Mass. 02139, which reported total weekend cost is approximately
$20, including hotel accommodations, bedding, launch site transportation, and literature.
Early information received indicated the program includes: guest speakers, two
banquets, technical report presentations, model launchings, manufacturers displays,
discussion groups, demonstrations, NASA films, and extensive use of analog and digital
computers by teletype and closed-circuit television.
CAMROC MODEL PRESENTED TO AIAA
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1968, the Chairman of NAR's Liaison Committee, Mr. G. Harry
Stine, briefed the Education Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics at their 5th annual meeting in Philadelphia. On behalf of the NAR,
Mr. Stine presented the Committee (for AIAA Hdqs.) an Estes Astron Delta/Camroc
model together with Electro-Launch II unit. The model will be on permanent display
in the Board Room of AIAA Hdq. in New York. It was specially built and donated for
this purpose by Vern Estes, President of Estes Industries, Inc., Colo.
Mr. Stine noted later that most of the AlAA committee members had no concept
of model astronautics and were extremely interested in learning more about it. Those
that were aware of NAR and its endeavors, expressed favorable comments about NAR
and spoke highly of its program in the U. S.
Though the committee present was impressed by the educational material made available
by Mr. Stine through courtesy of model rocket manufacturers, the chairman requested
all data, catalogs, information, etc. be sent to him as soon as possible, for use.
Send your best material on model rocketry to: E. K. Latvala, Aerospace Environmental
Facility, ARO, Inc., Arnold AFS, Tenn. 37389.
Arrangements for the briefing-presentation were made with James Harford, AIAA's
Executive Director, and David Kaufmann, AIAA Education Director.
It was just prior to NARAM-9 that the announcement was made concerning AIAA's
endorsement of model rocketry for use by its members and university sections. Their
endorsement changed a ten-year position against the use of chemical exothermic engines
by non-professionals. AlAA's new position paved the way for college and university
students, affiliated with the organization, to carry out model rocket experiments
as an official program.
NAR SENIOR WINS SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
An NAR senior member who discovered he received an important award by mistake
at NARAM-I0 and quickly and cheerfully returned it to officials, has been selected
for Pascack Valley Section's first sportsmanship award. PVS officers, in announcing
the award to John Belkewitch Sr., felt he truly represented the "spirit of good
sportsmanship which we hope is present in all members of Pascack Valley."
A double honor for John, for he also was presented a service award by the George
C. Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, at NARAM-I0, for his work as NARAM Chief
Range Safety Officer at NARAM's 8, 9 & 10. The service award was a large scale
model of the Saturn V moon launch vehicle.
An NAR Trustee and vice president of his section, John has been a rocketeer for
more than six years. (Credit - PVS Impulse.)
WAMARVA HOLDS REGION MEET
NAR Sections of the Washington, Maryland and Virginia area held their MARS III
(or Mid-Atlantic Regional Shoot) Oct. 19-20, 1968, with 65 contestants participating.
The section named MARS took the majority of prizes, walking off with five of
six trophies. At first, on Saturday, Hurricane Gladys almost cancelled out launching
as members barely managed to get off the parachute duration event. Five other events
were successfully flown Sunday.
Dick and Peggy Sipes won the senior division with 180 points; Howard Kuhn was
second with 126. In the Leader division, Mark Mercer, of NARHAMS Section, was first
with 162 points; second was Jim Stevenson with 153. First place in the junior division
was captured by Tom Stevenson who garnered 135 points against fellow section competitor
and nearest rival, Craig Kuhn, 108.
Other sections there were: Annapolis Association of Rocketry, Rock Creek, Star
Spangled Banner, and United Flying Organization. (Credit - The Banner, SSB Seetion.)
JOIN IN ... BLAST OFF WITH US!
There are thousands of model rocketeers in the U. S. who are launching models
on their own, primarily to "see 'em go." However, when you join in the activities
of an NAR Section, you have a much better opportunity to appreciate the fun and
excitement of model rocketry. You come in contact with those who have your interests,
compare models, learn new concepts of construction and flying, and you can compete
in exciting regional and national meets.
If you are not a member of a section, locate other model rocketeers in your area
to form a NAR chartered section. Details are always available by writing to NAR,
1239 Vermont Ave., N. W., Wash. D. C., 20005 for a Guide-Application form.
Add to section calendar of events -1969:
(Correct entry on: March 14-16, Pittsburgh Spring Convention; June 14-15, W AMARVA
I, Ft. Meade.
Posted October 16, 2020