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Madcow Rocketry - 2.6" Army Hawk MIM-23A (Kit)

Manufacturer:Madcow Rocketry
Diameter:2.6000 inches
Length:36.2500 inches

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Contributed by Bill Eichelberger

Madcow Rocketry Army Hawk

The Madcow Army Hawk is a mid-powered 1:5.4 scale version of the actual surface-to-air guided missile. The Hawk features a balsa boat tail, Nomex chute protector, vinyl decal, Kevlar shock cord, and 30" nylon parachute recovery. Skill level wasn't mentioned, but I'd place this at a skill level 2 for its size and the need for epoxy in construction.

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Mike DeMoully

AKA: USAFmissileer

Location: Dubuque, Iowa

Favorite Rockets: My AT IQSY Tomahawk, mega mosquito and Classic big Bertha


I am a retired USAF officer. I retired after 21 years of active duty in 2006 and currently live in Dubuque, Iowa with my wife and three kids, two of which are away from home. I am now a Human Resources professional. 


I got got into rocketry in 1971, when my uncle took me out to launch a Midget and a Big Bertha. Next day got a gift of an Alpha and a BB from him with a launch system. Been in and out of the hobby a few times. Now I am back in with a vigor after launching my first MPR. 

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Read a step, do a step, eat a banana.  The missileer's mantra!

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April 2013 Launch

Maxi-Alpha Lift-Off

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Yellow Jacket Land Shark

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The Rocketry Organization of South Carolina at Orangeburg (ROSCO) hosted the National Association of Rocketry’s 2015 National Sport Launch over Memorial Day weekend. The three-day event featured flights by rocketry enthusiasts from around the world. [View More of Roger and Bracha Smith’s Photos of NSL 2015] Saturday’s weather featured bright blue skies and a bit of wind. [View More of Kevin Boyd’s Photos from NSL 2015 Day 1] Saturday night ended with a night launch. Though Sunday began with the same, clear blue skies that we had on Saturday, ...
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A TARC mentor from Southern California suggested a bill to modernize the state’s model rocketry regulations and bring them into compliance with national standards. Proposed by Assemblywoman Chang, the bill was supported in testimony by Ken Biba (a California TARC mentor) and Benjamin Kolland (a current TARC team captain). Their testimony helped the bill pass ...
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