Finally, after hours of prepping, Marlin Philyaw's three stager, "3's a crowd", was ready for flight. First stage power was provided by an Aerotech J415, second stage was an I211, and the third stage ("a related incident") was powered by a D12. See the Asa 4 launch report if you don't understand "a related incident". Anyway, Marlin did all the easy stuff, built the rocket, installed the electronics, figured out the timing, built the staging ignitors, you know, the easy stuff. But come launch time, who had to do the most difficult part of the flight? Supply a working ignitor? Tom Montemayor, of course. Without Tom, Marlin's rocket would still be sitting on the pad, rotting. Once the ignitor problem was solved, the rocket roared off the pad about 15 minutes before sunset. The flight was magnificent; a powerful first stage boost, a couple of seconds of coast, the I211 fires, a couple more seconds of coast, then way, way up there, in a related incident, we see the mighty D fire. A totally successful 3 stage flight! Way to go, Marlin! There was no altimeter in the 3rd stage, but the altimeter in the second stage indicated a max altitude of 5195 for that stage. So, with the mighty D, the 3rd stage probably made....5196 feet. Marlin thought it probably made close to, uh, 30,000 feet. Whatever, it was a glorious flight and all stages were recovered safe and undamaged.