Re: [DigitalDave] How hard was RW back in the day?
There was no internet to share experiences on. No cell phones or email to communicate upcoming boogies. And a long distance call cost as much as a jump. No wind tunnel. No video review after each jump. Maybe someone had a super 8 and if a projector could be found you might get to see it a few weeks later if you happened to be in the right place. There was a grapevine but it had some serious gaps. There is no way you could get 400+ experienced skydivers at a dropzone, much less in the air together. When I got my SCS in 1972 only 291 people in the whole world had gotten in to a star 8th or later (and bothered to send $15 to Bill Newell). I don't know this for sure but my guess is that 20% of the 10 man team members at the Tallequah nationals in '72 didn't have their SCS. The base and pin guys back then tended to be fast fallers which was an advantage for us skinny guys who floated. As a star got bigger it slowed it's descent. I can remember going out 30th from a small door DC-3, getting head down, thinking small and not even peeking for the first 30 seconds to see where the formation was. Some of the guys were getting custom jump suits and smaller backpacks, but a lot of us jumped great big Army surplus rigs. We just learned how to make it work just as skydivers today make the new sleek gear work. I haven't jumped in almost 40 years but from what I read, we may have had more fun doing RW back in the old days.
(This post was edited by SCS292 on Sep 3, 2012, 2:48 PM)