CATO! (Catastrophe At Take Off)

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The second flight of the Gray Ghost experienced what NASA calls an "anomaly"...
At liftoff a fireball shot through the rocket, incinerating the tube that
runs from the engine holder to the parachute compartment
Fireball XL-5!
The parachute is out below the rocket
and in the path of the engine exhaust!
It was all over in three seconds.

From  the outside, the only damage seen was a cracked fin. After the rocket cooled down the shock cord hardened and crumbled.


View from the field.


The view from the camera on the rocket.
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