As it turns out, firing crayons into the air at the same time doesn’t create a rainbow. My first-grade teacher so totally lied. But it does make for one delicious looking spectacle, as evidenced by the photos of John Coker’s Crayola Rocket Pack, which he recently launched in the Nevada desert.
Launching rockets isn’t anything special. Every engineering geek worth the eye mucus in his glasses has probably fired one. When you take the time to make your rockets look like grade school coloring materials, though, we can’t help but pay attention.
According to John, he resumed work for the Crayola Rocket in 2004, after abandoning it shortly after he started in 1998. It took six years of detailed handiwork to turn them into the finished product, which includes eight crayon-shaped rockets and a yellow-and-green Crayola box launch pad.
Each rocket measures 3.5 feet long and have been colored according to the exact contents of an 8-pack Crayola. The box is slightly larger than scale, though, since he needed to accommodate the launch rods and fins, but the design is totally unmistakable. Four of the rockets flew (the others conked out), managing to fly as high as 2,928 feet. Only one – the violet – came back with any major damage.
While I’ve never been a big fan of watching people launch rockets in the middle of a hot desert, I sure can appreciate Crayola Rockets going off into the sky. Heck, the military should totally camouflage their missiles like this – they will look perfectly harmless on the satellite photos.