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August 16, 2012

National Airborne Day

August 16, 1940 marked the first official Army parachute jump.

You Have a Dark Halo The light goes from red to green, and finally your instincts are jolted by all your years and you know what to do when lights turn green. Your mind tries one more time: STOP. There's a dozen ways to screw this up, and your only comfort comes from knowing that almost none of them will kill you. That's left to God, so you'd better hope He was there for pre-jump. -- The Dipso Chronicles

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 16, 2012 12:20 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Keep those feet and knees together Airborne! Looks like Fort Benning with the river down at the end of the DZ. Basic Airborne July 1979, back in the bad old days, and Jumpmaster in January 1985. Who knew Georgia could get down the zero in January? That's cold in the door of a C130 at 125 knots.

Posted by: Casca at August 16, 2012 1:25 PM

I went through Basic Airborne in 2001 at age 45. On our first jump, the JM stopped the stick because a jumper had their static line routed...ummm, incorrectly. Probably would have resulted in a decapitation. On a positive note, after another pass, I ended up in the door for my first jump.

Posted by: stephen b at August 16, 2012 1:56 PM

All the Way!
Airborne - 1968

Casca, it was cold in January 1968 also, but it heated up for a lot of people a couple of thousand miles away real soon.

Posted by: Geo at August 16, 2012 2:09 PM

What happens when your line gets caught.
(also known as the shitnpants maneuver)

Posted by: Mike at August 17, 2012 7:26 AM

You end up with a "towed jumper". This is almost always the product of a poor JMPI (Jump Master Personnel Inspection). It's the Jump Master's job to make sure the jumpers are wearing their gear correctly before they board the aircraft, and before they exit the aircraft. I used to attend the Malfunction Review Board quarterly. It was always something stupid like this.

Posted by: Casca at August 17, 2012 11:27 AM

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