The Value of Military Parachutists

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Outstanding, May 16, 2013.

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  1. Missed Eben Emael ?
  2. Hmmm, German paratroopers 'blown off course' near to the border with Belgium. A likely story.

    Or, as my Great Uncle who worked in Intelligence would have said 'Ah chinny reck on'.
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  3. Was training an issue here? The article stated that gusting wind was responsible for the missing of the drop zone. The" mushroom" type parachute canopy favoured for military parachuting is far less steerable than the aerofoil civilian/sport type parachutes and ultimately parachuting like gliding or ballooning and other types of un-powered flight is subject to the vagaries of the weather.
    Given that this was the boxheads, this was an improvement on their WW2 ancestry as the type of chute they used back then required them to dive forwards when exiting the aircraft and the only way they could steer was by literally jerking around in mid-air. The knee and elbow pads they wore then weren't just an affectation.
  4. Either my sarcasm detector is on the blink or you don't know what you are on about.

    Where they land has more to do with Wind speed/direction and the height/point at which they exit the aircraft in relation to the intended landing point than the Parachutist's ability to steer/manoeuvre the Canopy. As Ivan has said, the Canopy they are using are nigh on impossible to steer, the most you can do is kick around a lot and hope.

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  5. Pah, in the 60's our lot were doing this on purpose in the jungles of Borneo!
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  6. Of course, no British military paratroopers have ever landed in trees.

    Or drainage ditches filled with hard core rubble, barbed wire fences, roads, traffic control towers, hanger roofs, parked cars, parked DZ cover ambulances, parked aircraft, ponds, golf courses or drystone walls.
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  7. Thanks.
  8. "The incident took place near the town of Düren, close to the border with Belgium."

    It depends on your definition of close, but as Düren is around 30 ks from Belgium at the closest point it sounds a bit like gash reporting.
    It is obviously a little known fact, but trees and parachutes have a magnetic attraction for each other.
    Even better is the case of a Hereford Hooligan who ended up in live power lines somewhere in Germany, in mitigation it was a night drop.
  9. How did they get all that into a drainage ditch ?
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  10. It was a very large drainage ditch.
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  11. otherwise known as a shuck in these parts
  12. They are.