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    Got a new "Go to town" ball cap in the mail today...

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    Congrats to you all. And thanks and honor to your son.
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    Awesome!
    Jump school is probably much better in Georgia. Jumping over Yuma with new USMC chutes,(old Army hand-me-down parachutes), was a bit iffy. One bad thermal and we're landing in Mexico.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NVcowboy View Post
    Awesome!
    Jump school is probably much better in Georgia. Jumping over Yuma with new USMC chutes,(old Army hand-me-down parachutes), was a bit iffy. One bad thermal and we're landing in Mexico.

    Best/Worst thermal I ever caught in a T-10 was over Ft. Polk Louisiana. Day time "fun jump" following a few day's of training exercises. A cold front was approaching while we were loading the aircraft but it was a warm sunny day otherwise. We were exiting the plane at roughly 1400 ft and I remember when I left the door a rush of VERY cold air. I didn't think much of it because we were all rather warm and sweaty on the plane. Anyway the chute opened quickly and as I was checking my descent relative to the other jumpers I was again warm and toasty. Cool! I was the first man out of the right side door so I should have been one of the lowest jumpers in the air. I was not! It took me a minute to realize I was climbing altitude but when I finally realized I was trapped in a thermal I began my slip out. It took probably a full minute of slipping right until I reached the edge of the thermal and as my parachute exited my canopy began to collapse. Cold air was now pushing down toward the ground rapidly. I was aware that this was possible but it still startled me. After a brief free fall the canopy filled again and I was on the ground in a few minutes.

    Later that evening I was speaking with the jumpmaster from my plane and he told me I was estimated at 2200 feet at my apex! In my 6 year career this was easily my longest time under a canopy while in uniform.




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    Awesome well told story Tom!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Awesome well told story Tom!
    MUCH happier ending than the cold night jump that I experienced way too many broken suspension lines. All of them from the right side of my chute! That one hurt!



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    Bet this one stung a bit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flathats View Post
    Bet this one stung a bit....

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    That is why you keep your arms tight to your body and chin pressed firmly to your chest. Some folks learn the hard way.......


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dryden-Tdub View Post
    That is why you keep your arms tight to your body and chin pressed firmly to your chest. Some folks learn the hard way.......


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    My son was out the door right behind him... didn't pass off static line and multiple other mistakes...

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    Why you folks jump out of perfectly good airplanes is beyond me.
    Isn't that what helicopters are for?
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