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Rocket Man Won't Blow

Monday, March 1, 2010 17:31 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One real life rocket man doesn’t want to blow.

John Coker is a longtime rocket builder, creating explosive aircrafts for fun in his shop in the Bay Area and documenting his high-flying creations on

In the past he’s built rockets shaped like Crayola crayons and blasted them into the air.

Currently, he’s working on a fully-functional replica of the Flash Gordon rocket that’s more aerodynamic than the original movie version.

For Coker, rockets are more than just something to blow up.

He says, “The building is the fun. Figuring out how to do it. What I like is building something that has to function. The launching isn’t as big a deal.”

It can take years for Coker to finish one rocket that he only blows up once. He assures that his hobby can be done using cheaper materials like plywood and doesn’t take a rocket scientist.