Parachute Course-Balloon

Would they have done balloon hops with kit? I'd have thought they were more for initial training/familiarisation.
 
Would they have done balloon hops with kit? I'd have thought they were more for initial training/familiarisation.
We did do the odd balloon jump with kit but the weight was not much. Even did a couple in full NBC kit.
 
OK, so not really a combat load simulation. Training familiarisation?
 
Best jump I did was at night in the snow, the instant change from a noisy aircraft full of puke and farts to a cold clear night sky and a soft landing in total silence was amazing .

Don't think I'll ever forget that one.
 
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