Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:
My question is: did these folks (and if so, HOW did these folks) get approval from the local/state/federal authorities to do this? Woulda sucked if they scrambled the jets...
They (meaning the rocketry community) do it all the time, but there are some details are in this article:
MDRA [Maryland Delaware Rocketry Association] had arranged for a launch window for the Saturn V between noon and 2:00 P.M. The FAA had cleared the airspace above the Higgs Farm to 17,000 feet, more than enough room for the estimated altitude of 4,000 feet for the Saturn V. Prior to launch,