Estes Timeline

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1930

     

1932

     
  • Gleda (Kane) Estes born in Clarinda, Iowa.

1958

     
  • May - Vern Meets G. Harry Stine. Stine demonstrates his Aerobee Hi rocket.
  • Estes Industries formed.
  • July - Construction of Vern's rocket motor-making machine Mabel begins.
  • December - Vern's rocket motor-making machine Mabel completed.

1959

     
  • January 3 - First delivery of rocket engines to Model Missiles.
  • October 14 - Explosion seriously wounds Mabel operator Jim Berns.

1960

     
  • May - First Estes mail order ad appears in Mechanix Illustrated magazine.

1961

     
  • March - Catalogue 261 (Denver) released.
  • July - Vern moves to Penrose, CO and begins construction on buildings for Mabel, a machine shop and a warehouse.
  • August - Variety I of catalogue 261 (Penrose) released.
  • Astron Rocket Society formed.

1962

     
  • January - Variety II of catalogue 261 (Penrose) released.
  • March / April - Variety III of catalogue 261 (Penrose) released.
  • June - Bill Simon hired.
  • June - 10,000 copies of Model Rocket News printed.
  • June / July - Variety IV of catalogue 261 (Penrose) released.
  • First annual company picnic.
  • December - Variety I of catalogue 631 released.
  • December - Variety II of catalogue 631 released.

1963

     

1964

     

1965

     
  • January - Monthly sales eclipse $45,000
  • September - Variety I of catalogue 651 released.
  • November - "Arsenal for Model Missilemen" article appears in Empire magazine.
  • December - Monthly sales now in excess of $110,000

1966

     
  • March - Variety II of catalogue 651 released.
  • April - First issue of The Launch Pad published.
  • April - The CAMROC is featured in Mechanics Illustrated magazine.
  • September - Variety III of catalogue 651 released.

1967

     
  • Mabel II completed and put into use.
  • May - Expansion of the Woodshop underway.
  • July - Floor plan for new building unveiled.
  • July - Catalogue 671 released.
  • July - Estes Industries article in Popular Mechanics magazine.
  • September - Estes Industries article in Model Car Science magazine.
  • Estes serving as a Freight Agent for Continental Trailways bus company.
  • December - Engine Cutting Machine installed in the Machine Shop.
  • Kit production reached 70,000 annually.

 

1968

     
  • January - Employees and family members tour the new building.
  • February - Estes Industries article in Model Car Science magazine.
  • April - Catalogue 681 released.
  • May 4 - New engine numbering system introduced.
  • Mary Poppins II added to the Wood Shop.
  • Annual circulation of the Estes Model Rocketry Catalogue reaches 260,000.

1969

     
  • March 2 - Over 4,000 guests attend the Estes Open House event.
  • April - Catalogue 691 released.
  • June through August - Over 10,000 people tour the Estes offices
  • August - Estes Industries article in Mechanix Illustrated magazine.
  • September 27 - Estes Industries sold to Damon corporation.
  • Original Mabel retired.
  • December 31 - Estes Saturn V launched at halftime of the Bluebonnet Bowl in the Houston Astrodome.
  • Circulation of Model Rocket News reaches 250,000.

1970 - 1973

     

 

1974

     
  • The K-Kit era ends. Beginning in 1975, the 1200 number system with skill-level packaging begins.

 

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