Pawhuska Municipal Airport is expected to be made the state’s biggest amateur rocket launchpad this weekend during High Frontier 13.
Co-sponsored by Tulsa Rocketry, the 13th-annual event will run Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. both days. Launches will be continuing throughout the day until about 5 p.m., when the range closes. A special “Night Launch” is set for 8 p.m. Saturday.
Approximately 300 rockets are expected to fly skyward during the event. Launchings will involve rockets in a wide variety of shapes and sizes — ranging in size from a few ounces to over 20 pounds.
Admission is free. Throughout the weekend, there will be multiple drawings for rocket kits and other Tulsa Rocketry giveaways. Kids under 18 can fly free when accompanied by parents. Launch fees for adult fliers are $20 for the whole weekend.
Several different rocket-launching competitions are scheduled, including “Closest to the Buffalo” contest for youth flyers 18 years of age and under. Cash prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to first- ($25 ), second- ($15) and third-place ($10) finishers.
High Frontier featured flights will include: Paul Reed flying his Darkstar on a L800; Hal Ellis flying his 1/2 scale WAC Corporal on an M2400T; Andrew Lathrop flying his Minimum Diameter Mongoose 75 on an Aerotech K560W and his October Sky “Miss Riley” on an Aerotech M1297W; Marty Beck flying his Wildman Darkstar Extreme on an L2200, and Peidmont Area Rocketry Club (PARC) “Box-of-Parts Rocket” mass launch.
At least 40 rocket kits will be given out, via drawings, to youth attending the High Frontier event. Some will be ready to fly (no assembly required), some will be almost ready to fly (mostly snap together), and a few will require glue and some adult help to build, but all will be cool. The drawing is open to all children under the age of 18. Be sure to pick up your drawing ticket at the registration table. At the end of the day, two grand prizes will be given away. The winning person must be present.
There will be vendors on site. Wildman Oklahoma supplies high power motors and Hobby Town USA will be there to provide your model rocket and motor needs. Contact Wildman Oklahoma at email@example.com if you have a special request or need a 54mm or larger motor. The Pawhuska High School FFA will be there with food, water and soft drinks.
Other sponsors of the High Frontier event include the City of Pawhusk, McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home, Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, American Heritage Bank and Indian Electric Cooperative.