Most memorable parachute jump

#1
Apologies if this has been done or if this is in the wrong forum.

Hoping this will not attract all the para wannabes, what was your most memorable (fun or not) jump.

Don't hold back. :)

I think mine was jumping from the old OV-10 Bronco aircraft. Plane would go into a steep dive, abruptly pull up and the stick of 4 (a recon team) would slide out the rear of the fuselage due to the g forces exerted by the pull out.

ov10jumpers.jpg

for those unfamiliar with the airframe, check this beginning at 1:36/ What a fantastic airplane!

[video=youtube;wnNK3IPeoBU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnNK3IPeoBU[/video]
 
#2
Only a sport jumper in my time, not wearer of beret ferocious, but some of mine stick in the mind. One was a three-way out of an Antonov AN2 at Weston with a University mate & an instructor I'd last met at Bad Lipp in the early '90s & first seen when I was a child & he was in The Trailblazers display team - D10,000 was a great bloke.

My favourite of all was also over Weston. It was the last lift of the day, the cloud was coming in and for some reason had left a big hole over the DZ. There was a bank of it from about 4,000-7,000 feet so on exit at 12,000 it was all bright & sunny, we then fell as if down a tunnel & then under the cloud it was starting to get dark & the lights were coming on on the M40. I swear when coming in to land I could hear the cans of beer being opened.

One which would have been memborable if winds hadn't gone over limit was supposed to be from the Hereford Hooligans' Augusta 109 which as I was still on front & back kit at the time so the despatch would have been interesting to get out of the door.

I try to forget the one when I was showing off on the flare & broke my scaphoid bone (although was allowed to keep on jumping in a splint when I showed I could use my cutaway) although that's a bit difficult as it aches ten years or so on!
 
#3
Only a sport jumper in my time, not wearer of beret ferocious, but some of mine stick in the mind. One was a three-way out of an Antonov AN2 at Weston with a University mate & an instructor I'd last met at Bad Lipp in the early '90s & first seen when I was a child & he was in The Trailblazers display team - D10,000 was a great bloke.

My favourite of all was also over Weston. It was the last lift of the day, the cloud was coming in and for some reason had left a big hole over the DZ. There was a bank of it from about 4,000-7,000 feet so on exit at 12,000 it was all bright & sunny, we then fell as if down a tunnel & then under the cloud it was starting to get dark & the lights were coming on on the M40. I swear when coming in to land I could hear the cans of beer being opened.

One which would have been memborable if winds hadn't gone over limit was supposed to be from the Hereford Hooligans' Augusta 109 which as I was still on front & back kit at the time so the despatch would have been interesting to get out of the door.

I try to forget the one when I was showing off on the flare & broke my scaphoid bone (although was allowed to keep on jumping in a splint when I showed I could use my cutaway) although that's a bit difficult as it aches ten years or so on!
I too used to enjoy civvie skydiving. I am sad to say this happened at the center where I often jumped when I lived in North Carolina---the epic tale of the importance of jumpmaster equipment checks. I quit the sport when it became inundated by the really "cool" people who jumped in shorts and flip flops.

Quoted here from the Greensboro
[NC] News and Record, April 6, 1988; p. C3:

PARACHUTIST'S DEATH RULED ACCIDENTAL

LOUISBURG (AP) - The death of an experienced parachutist who fell
10,500 feet without a parachute while he was filming another jump was
accidental, Franklin County investigators said Tuesday.
"We have gathered enough information to declare it an
accident," Sheriff Arthur Johnson said.
Ivan Lester McGuire, 35, of Durham died Saturday after jumping from an
airplane without a parachute, said Captain Ralph Brown of the
Sheriff's Department. McGuire had made more than 800 jumps.
McGuire, who was carrying a video camera mounted on his
helmet, was filming a student and an instructor at Franklin County
Sports Parachute Center when he jumped from the plane piloted by Mark
Luman of Louisburg. Luman couldn't be found for comment and had no
telephone listing, but Brown said the pilot "wasn't in any position to
see what happened in the back of the plane."
There was no answer at the parachute center. But Nancy Fayard was
quoted Tuesday in the News and Observer of Raleigh [NC] as saying: "No
one was aware that he got on the plane without a parachute. Of course
no one knew or they would have stopped him."
Brown said that there was no foul play and no indication that suicide
was involved. But, he added, "A man who has jumped 800 times ought to
remember his parachute."
McGuire's body was found in woods about 1 1/2 miles from the airfield.
The videotape showed McGuire jumping from the airplane and that the
jump was going smoothly until the parachutes worn by the instructor
and the student opened and McGuire hurtled below them.
" It kind of appears he reached for his parachute and he didn't have
one." Brown said. "You could see the instructor and the student
falling on the video. But the release for his parachute is on the
right hip, and when the right hand goes down, the left hand comes
forward and it comes into camera view.
"Then the pictures get to moving real fast because he's approaching
the ground at 150 mph. The only thing the camera shows is the ground
coming."
Brown said blood samples will show whether McGuire had alcohol or
drugs in his system and test results should be ready in about a week.
Although an expert jumper, McGuire could have forgotten to put on his
parachute because of fatigue or preoccupation with his video
equipment, said Fayard, wife of club owner Paul Fayard-the instructor
on McGuire's last jump.
Nancy Fayard said McGuire worked third shift at Northern Telecom Inc.,
a manufacturer of telephone switching equipment, and usually left the
club at noon to get to work. On Saturday, she said, he stayed until
2:30 to shoot the video.
"He's a real perfectionist when it comes to his video photography, and
he'd been working a lot on it," she said. "The best we can figure is
he became so preoccupied with the video, and then being fatigued, that
his mind was on the video."
A Federal Aviation Administration investigator said he was checking to
see if Luman knew whether McGuire was wearing a parachute when he
entered the airplane before the jump.
Walter L. Rigsbee of the district office in Raleigh said FAA rules
require that the pilot check to see that parachutists have on
parachutes.
Johnson said Tuesday the investigation showed the pilot thought
McGuire was wearing a parachute. But Rigsbee said the video equipment
may have been mistaken for a parachute.
"These parachute clubs have safety programs," Rigsbee said. "They
check these jumpers out depending on their experience."
 
#4
I too used to enjoy civvie skydiving. I am sad to say this happened at the center where I often jumped when I lived in North Carolina---the epic tale of the importance of jumpmaster equipment checks. I quit the sport when it became inundated by the really "cool" people who jumped in shorts and flip flops.
I loved it, but sadly lacked any real talent so while I had a C-Licence (under grandfather rights) I never got beyond Cat 9. I fell like a homesick anvil & wasn't acrobatic enough for freestyle!

Still had some very happy times on the various DZs & met some very pleasant people before I decided to spend my cash on other things.
 
#5
Only did a few statics and then a free as a civvi. All memorable especially the last one when my main chute streamed. My how I laughed later. NOT.
 
#6
The opposite of the thread title. An entanglement (so I was told later) which I fixed but was rapidly followed by an epic container-heels-arrse-back of head landing. I woke up convinced I was back at school and if I was late stuffing the canopy into the green sack and tabbing off the DZ I would be beaten by the headmaster (again).No memory of the jump at all, simply being on the aircraft before standing up.Still robbed the final tie, tho.
 
#7
I too used to enjoy civvie skydiving. I am sad to say this happened at the center where I often jumped when I lived in North Carolina---the epic tale of the importance of jumpmaster equipment checks. I quit the sport when it became inundated by the really "cool" people who jumped in shorts and flip flops.
I have'nt jumped for just over a year now and the intended week of lobbing in April was cancelled because of a broken hand, so it'll have to be October instead.

I know what you mean about flip flops, or rather Teva sandals, there are lots in evidence at Deland and Zephyrhills. But, I have seen the occasional old bastards wearing pairs of much loved and carefully cared for Para Saut boots - that you just can't get anymore.

My most memorable was at Hinton, in January, snow on the ground, three layers of clothing, two headovers on pulled right up, one coffee too many and desperate for a piss, 1500' up on the approach and got caught in a wind that was blowing me enough to hold me static'ish for a while. Produced instant yellow snow on landing.
 
#8
Probably the one I never got to make in Russia, when the An-2 I was in had engine failure and we did a glide-landing that used up two-thirds of the airfield.
Another good one was when one of the lasses at the club did her hundredth jump, and passed a bottle of champagne round in the back before jumping. The pilot had a swig too, which would have given the CAA heart failure if it had been UK.
My first one was the best though - a straightforward 800 m static line jump with a D-5 from an Mi-8. It took me about a week to stop telling everyone about it, the adrenaline was coming out my arrse.
 
#9
I never had a reserve ride, but it got close once. I had graduated onto a brand new rather sporty canopy (after using things which were a bit like giant sofas) & was used to very quick deployments. One day I picked up a rig which had the same type of canopy, just older. First lob of the day I pulled, went for the count, had the feeling of being pulled upright and on “check canopy” saw what looked like a large bundle of yellow laundry burbling away above me.

I was just about to cut away when with an almost audible pop the thing deployed properly & my arrse stopped doing sixpence/half-a-crown. The next time I had one of these a large hole had been cut in the slider – the canopies had got so old & porous they needed extra airflow to open.
 
#10
I have'nt jumped for just over a year now and the intended week of lobbing in April was cancelled because of a broken hand, so it'll have to be October instead.

I know what you mean about flip flops, or rather Teva sandals, there are lots in evidence at Deland and Zephyrhills. But, I have seen the occasional old bastards wearing pairs of much loved and carefully cared for Para Saut boots - that you just can't get anymore.

My most memorable was at Hinton, in January, snow on the ground, three layers of clothing, two headovers on pulled right up, one coffee too many and desperate for a piss, 1500' up on the approach and got caught in a wind that was blowing me enough to hold me static'ish for a while. Produced instant yellow snow on landing.
I still recall my French boots:

When round canopies ruled, something more substantial than sneakers was called for as parachuting footware.

The so-called French boots (they were made in France) were a must-have item for the serious jumper.

Paraboots, selling at $29.50 a pair in 1970, were available in two styles. The “accuracy” version (pictured) had a thicker, cushioned sole to absorb vertical impact. The “style” model was a slightly lighter looking boot with a thinner sole. You’ve got to wonder why though – arriving on the ground under an old round canopy was just as hard, whether you’d just done a style set or not.

Both boots featured excellent ankle support – and they looked a hell of a lot cooler than the army surplus stuff otherwise in use.
french+boots.jpg
 
#11
The last one I ever did was into snow! The ground rush is the only indication of impending need to roll. Static line aero-conicals, never progressed onto these new fan dangled sports parachutes, did do para ascending years later, top fun, got to flare on landing which my knees thought was a bonus!
 
#12

I would also add to the above, the 'racing driver' style goggles with the securing blue band that went across the outside of the helmet. You could flip out the plastic lens and substitute an alternative yellow coloured one. On certain face types, this model of goggle leaked air onto the face. It was not unusual to see folks adding an extra layer of foam around the nose bit to minimise watering eyes. They had a tendency to ice over on HALO descents. The introduction of the French made 'Lunette' bubble style was an improvement but not much. Then the sport para world introduced the type favoured by jockeys.
 
#13
Still have my Kroops goggles stored away with my alti & log books. Going to NZ to see MrsPlume's family at Christmas, wondering what there rules would be like about getting a lob in!
 
#14
I did a few descents from the rear of a commercial 747. It was a military related project. Owing to the space available, combined with the air speed this beast could safely throttle back to, it was necessary to design a tube gizmo which the jumper used to slide out of in hope of avoiding damaging the fuselage et al in the very turbulent and relatively higher slipstream. I'd never exited at such a 'high' speed before. It would have proved an interesting scenario had the canopy deployed in that force of airflow.

DB Cooper had a lot to answer for.
 
#15
Going to NZ to see MrsPlume's family at Christmas, wondering what there rules would be like about getting a lob in!
Excellent sport para scene in Kiwi land. You'll be fine.
 
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#16
First jump at Bad Lipspringer, broke 2 toes of right foot, ground rush was my speciality. Next 10 jumps to complete the course were quite painful but only when you landed!
 
#17
Only ever got to do one sport static line jump at Headcorn in Kent, whilst in the JLRRE at Dover, we ran out of time to do anymore due to the weather.
But I remember it well.

We jumped from a Britton Norman Islander, and the fusilage is so low you had to scooch along on your arse to get to the door.
Sit in the small door way and hold the frame right next to a rear wheel and get buffetted by the airstream.
Push myself out and immedietely forget all about "stable spread positions", consequently get blown all around in the slip stream.
'Chute deploys and my rigging lines are all twisted up.
Force them apart so I can do the "check canopy" bit, 'chute is open fine, but I am now spinning round like a demon whilst the lines untangle.
Eventually I stop spinning and try to locate the airfield. I see I am over the next field and heading for some power lines.
Instructor on the ground shouts up "pull right", I oblige and miss the lines by about 10' and the airfield by about 500'.
On landing all thoughts of a "PLF" go out the window and I perfected the "on the knees method" instead.
Instructor (and me) couldn't believe that I got up and walked away and all from 2,500 ft too.

On my comment card it mentioned my exit as "MILT" which I took as being Military, because I did so with my arms crossed across by reserve 'chute, although there are probably more accurate meanings!!

Would loved to have tried again though, things could only have got better, maybe.
 
#18
I never had a reserve ride, ........
Supposed to happen 1 in 600 jumps, I got mine on the 16th jump, Brake deployed on opening and I wound up with line twists, They came out and went straight back in, could not see the canopy, so that had to go and as I went for the reserve handle, all I could think of was, "I hope it was not the same ****** who packed my main."^_^

Cheers
Gadge
 
#19
First one of my the sports course at Netheravon. Absolutely cacked it until I got out of the aircraft, then loved every second after. Two sticks after ours a guy had a streamer/counted too quickly and ended up coming down on both chutes. Cue lots and lots of shouting (and giggles) from the ground. Four of the course decided to jack it in on the spot.

Ended up getting into it big style, never particularly good at it though. Quite a few weekends had to walk across from Tidworth, due not being able to scab a lift.

Wouldn't get me anywhere near the things now though.
 
#20
Only ever did 4 jumps (all civ, static line from 3000 feet at Dunkeswell in Devon). A friend and I talked each other into giving it a go.

Most memorable was the first one when I landed on the runway and it wasn't especially soft or comfortable. Somebody else landed on a roof, and another bloke missed the airfield altogether. Nevertheless, I was unscathed and the post-jump adrenalin "high" encouraged me to have another go a few minutes later: it seemed quite a good idea at the time but rather less so as soon as the aircraft engine started up...

I went back the next weekend and did another two, only to discover that it didn't get any less frightening, so I took the opportunity to retire thereafter. Glad I did it but I would never, ever, consider doing it again. Full respect to all our airborne brethren.

Actually the first jump was delayed by three months as we were over the DZ and ready to go when it was decided that the wind was too high. So back down to earth again (the safe way) and I had to wait until my exams were over before going back. Glutton for punishment or what.
 

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