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June 2021


In the U.S. we call it Memorial Day. A day to remember and be thankful for those who gave everything defending our freedom and that of our allies. Our sacred dead are buried in many cemeteries across the globe. 

May we as Americans always be grateful and never forget those who never came home.


Nose Art!


Douglas Embry's Tribute to Marilyn Monroe.

If you've been on for 10 seconds you know I love nose art. It comes in many forms and is inspired in many ways. Having grown up in the 60's and being male, I was a big fan of Marilyn, so I couldn't resist sharing Douglas Embry's nose art that he made from a calendar cut out.

The more serious rocketeers pretend to disdain such displays of admiration on a rocket, but I've always leaned in the direction of going with, "Whatever blows your skirt up!"

So, kudos to Douglas and Marilyn. Scratch that 7 year itch and push the launch button!



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Signed / personalized paperback copies of Rocket Babe - Dust Storm, Rocket Babe - Fallen Angel, Rocket Babe - Ant Men and Rocket Babe - Reflection are all available directly from the author!

Books are great gifts for any occasion! Holidays, birthdays or just because!

Dust Storm $10.00
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Ant Men $13.00
Reflection $13.00

Standard book rate shipping: $4 for 1st book; $1 for each additional book per address in the same order. Please allow 7-10 days for shipping, longer during the holidays.

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Above you see a rare photo of Dave Miller, appropriately dressed in black as owner of the clandestine black ops organization known as Sirius Rocketry! What does he do in his spare time? He reads Rocket Babe, what else?

That's a nice looking Cestris Fighter he's holding too! Get yours from


Verna Starr Cestris Fighter!


This is our favorite Sirius kit, the Cestris. The kit is intended to fly on a single engine but it was easily modified to a 3 engine cluster complete with Verna Starr fighter decals, also available from Sirius.



Just click the BLUE link below the banner!




She'll go with you anywhere! Kevin, owner and moderator at the Alien Soup  sci-fi forum, enjoys Rocket Babe - Dust Storm between innings at a recent ballgame!


Visit Kevin at Alien Soup and tell him Verna sent you!


If You Fly Long Enough...


I've seen so many weird things happen in my 53 years of flying. "If you fly long enough..." can apply to so many unusual things in rocketry. Like perfect 1 point landings with no damage or a small rocket at a school demo deploying a chute at 500 feet while dodging a large tree in a school yard then landing 3 feet from the pad on a very windy day, just to name two.

What you see above is a rocket launching normally then shifting into 2nd gear about 50 feet off the pad as the engine leaves the rocket behind while moving on to do a little cursive sky writing.


This is the same photo zoomed in just a bit and if you look on the right side about half way down, in the smoke you'll see a white tube shaped object I think is the upper half / nose cone of the rocket. Just to the right of that you'll see the green and white lower half, as the beige / tan chute, is just beginning to deploy. And yes, it came down on the chute as the motor went on writing.

Of course, to get such a photo you have to be in the right place, at the right time and as many of you know by now, Pete Barrett lives at the corner of Right Place / Right Time.

In case it hasn't occurred to you by now, what makes this special event even more of a special capture, is that Pete was flying his drone at the time. As an avid photographer, somehow, Pete is frequently in the right place for a great sunset, weather event, animal adventure or as in this case, unusual rocket launch.

If they ever revive the 1960's TV show Candid Camera I'm pretty sure Pete could replace Alan Funt as the host.






Bones says...

"Candid Pete!" 


Verna & Randy's Rockets is proud to have been featured by:


Darrell Mobley's Website Review on Rocketry Planet


Dick Stafford's The Original Rocket Dungeon


Apogee E-Zine Peak Of Flight issue #155


April 2006  Finishing Touches
And Virally In Ezines Like:
Hobby Media Italy


You never know who will show up on Fire & Smoke!


Pete never misses Fire & Smoke!


Who do you fly with? Fly with family!




Graphics by Doc's Patriotic Graphics

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