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Premier rinaldi524  (D 24196)

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Ted Strong D-16

4/7/1936-10/14/2011

A visionary from the beginning and a man with an enormous heart passed away on Friday.

There are too many stories to write about the legend that is Ted Strong. Ted strived to improve the industry that he loved without seeking fame or credit. He just wanted a safer and more inviting environment for everybody to enjoy and experience skydiving the way he did.

Ted Strong started skydiving in 1958, entered the US Army in 1959 with 100 jumps, and was stationed at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY for two years. His duty there was to coach the USMA Cadet Parachute Team and the West Point Sport Parachute Club. In 1961 Ted started Strong Enterprises, a parachute company in his parents basement. He began by modifying round parachutes, sewing and making anything his friends needed to skydive. A friend once said “ Ted Strong’s company wasn’t there to make money, but to make parachutes for his friends” This quote personified Ted.

The industry and the world has lost a wonderful person and those that knew him will miss him dearly. Those that never had the pleasure of meeting him will feel his influence anytime they make a skydive.

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BoogeyMan

Oct 15, 2011, 7:36 AM
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Ted Strong D-16

4/7/1936-10/14/2011

A visionary from the beginning and a man with an enormous heart passed away on Friday.

There are too many stories to write about the legend that is Ted Strong. Ted strived to improve the industry that he loved without seeking fame or credit. He just wanted a safer and more inviting environment for everybody to enjoy and experience skydiving the way he did.

Ted Strong started skydiving in 1958, entered the US Army in 1959 with 100 jumps, and was stationed at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY for two years. His duty there was to coach the USMA Cadet Parachute Team and the West Point Sport Parachute Club. In 1961 Ted started Strong Enterprises, a parachute company in his parents basement. He began by modifying round parachutes, sewing and making anything his friends needed to skydive. A friend once said “ Ted Strong’s company wasn’t there to make money, but to make parachutes for his friends” This quote personified Ted.

The industry and the world has lost a wonderful person and those that knew him will miss him dearly. Those that never had the pleasure of meeting him will feel his influence anytime they make a skydive.

A loss... Big time. I met Ted long ago @ Z-Hills. BS, Ted.


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Oct 15, 2011, 7:38 AM
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Ted was a longtime friend and colleague. This is incredibly sad and unexpected. Does anyone have any information as to how he died?


fallfast69

Oct 15, 2011, 7:43 AM
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Ted was a longtime friend and colleague. This is incredibly sad and unexpected. Does anyone have any information as to how he died?

This is posted in the PaPa Victor on facebook...

Ilona Helwig "i was in shock when I called his Co. Didn't ask for details... heard that he was testing a quad system..three got off...Ted didn't."


eta - A full-on tragic loss.

I got to meet him twice - once, he came to our little DZ in Seagoville, TX - later that same weekend, I ran into him again at, of all places, a cat show in Dallas.

Blue ones to you, Ted...thank you for everything you did for the sport, and for my first container, the Strong Eagle.

.


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adamadam

Oct 15, 2011, 7:51 AM
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Blue Skies Ted. You will be missed and remembered.


MikeRipcord  (C 8021)

Oct 15, 2011, 7:56 AM
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Wow!! Another friend in about a month. First Skip, now Ted. I just called the Pepperell DZ and passed the word. They had not heard. Many there had worked for Ted in the early 70s. Ted checked me out and cleared me for "ups" back in '71 though he followed me out "a bit close, near clouds". D-1 was flying.

Ted, you will be missed.


SkydiveJack  (D 6486)

Oct 15, 2011, 8:06 AM
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Damn!

What a great guy.

What a shame.

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dqpacker  (D 32043)

Oct 15, 2011, 8:10 AM
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In reply to:
Ted was a longtime friend and colleague. This is incredibly sad and unexpected. Does anyone have any information as to how he died?

This is posted in the PaPa Victor on facebook...

Ilona Helwig "i was in shock when I called his Co. Didn't ask for details... heard that he was testing a quad system..three got off...Ted didn't."

So was it a skydiving incident?

Big loss, thanks Ted.


fallfast69

Oct 15, 2011, 8:13 AM
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[replySo was it a skydiving incident?

Big loss, thanks Ted.
I don't know - I've never heard of a quad system, but it sounds like it could have been.


SpeedPhreak  (D 24050)

Oct 15, 2011, 8:26 AM
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More than likely it was this (or some variant):

Quad Pod


BoogeyMan

Oct 15, 2011, 8:28 AM
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More than likely it was this (or some variant):

Quad Pod

This really sux.........UnsureUnsureUnsure


PeteS  (D 8230)

Oct 15, 2011, 8:40 AM
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AWWWWW SHIT! One of my _True_ Hero's is gone.

My best memory with Ted was at PIA 2005 and some friends set me up, (unbeknownst to me) for a job interview with him. We talked about some interesting projects I had done and he asked "What kind of equipment do you have in your loft?" I proceeded to list off the two dozen machines and various tool I have. His response was, "Not many guy's are set up like you in the field." I said, "Well Ted, if you want to do factory repairs, ya kinda have to have a factory, right?" then he rubbed his hands together a bit and smiled, "I've never heard it put quite like that, but that's _good_!"
I was thrilled by the compliment from one of the real pioneers of sport parachuting. Ted I know wherever you are you will bringing out the best of everyone around you.
Thanks for the influence, I hope I can live up to it.


howardwhite  (C 3896)

Oct 15, 2011, 8:58 AM
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I've known Ted for ~45 years, got my rigger's license at his loft in Quincy, MA.
I saw him twice in the past month or so, first at the Pioneer's Reunion in Orange, MA, where he was jumping hard, then at the Skydiving Museum event in DC.
Sad.

HW


MajorDad  (D 579)

Oct 15, 2011, 9:11 AM
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Damn few like him and too few left....

BSBD

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JerryBaumchen  (D 1543)

Oct 15, 2011, 11:28 AM
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None of us will live forever.

I have known Ted for more years than I can remember. One of the few, true Nice Guys in this world.

I had called about two weeks to discuss something and we ended up having a rather long conversation about a number of things.

Truely a loss.

JerryBaumchen


skygypsie  (B License)

Oct 15, 2011, 11:34 AM
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Another horribly sad & tragic loss in skydiving !
Though everyone is personally affected by losing a friend & collegues, this will absolutely affects everyone !
My husband & I had the opportunity in meeting him with many other admirable friends & jumpers with The Liberty Parachute Team, during Oshkosh Airventures, & vendor party each year held at Skydive Adventure in Omro, WI.
We knew him to be a respected & a respectful, great guy & contributor to the success in the biz/ sport !
The date Oct. 14th will now be remembered as bittersweet for me personally, in skydiving...the date of my 1st skydive 5 years ago, on a Strong Tandem System & the gear my husband has jumped & I have professionally packed the past 5 years !
Our condolences & prayers go out to his family & skyfamily.
Unfortunately we will be saying good bye to another great friend & skydiving mentor, tomorrow.
Bill Bayley, a long time instructor & the 1st to throw my husband out 10 years ago, died Friday !
~ Peaceful Eternal Flights, Ted ~
~ Peaceful Eternal Flights, Bill ~
you will both be remembered & missed, in all our lives, throughout all our days...
Brad & Julie BadtkeFrown
***BlueSkies & Safe Landings to you all ***


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peek  (D 8884)

Oct 15, 2011, 11:37 AM
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I'm just sitting here stunned, having just now heard about the accident. I know that in the coming weeks I'm going to think about calling him or sending him an email, and then remembering that I can't. We had so much about parachutes to talk about.

Ted, gave and gave some more, to the sport, the industry, and the military.
For 50 years.
I will miss him so much.


adolfocamerano  (D 50019)

Oct 15, 2011, 12:01 PM
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our condelences for the family and for all Strong Enterprises

We will miss you Ted...


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Oct 15, 2011, 12:35 PM
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"An incident has occurred during a Military training exercise. We can make no further comments until the investigation is complete"


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Oct 15, 2011, 12:51 PM
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RIP, and thanks for my first main and container, my beloved Starlite.

Wendy P.


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Oct 15, 2011, 1:14 PM
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RIP, and thanks for my first main and container, my beloved Starlite.

Wendy P.

Me too... The Starlite was my first hog.UnsureUnsureUnsure


usedtajump  (D 6813)

Oct 15, 2011, 1:44 PM
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What a shock and a tragedy. Recieved my tandem rating from him personally in 1986, he was a great instructor and an even greater man who will be sorely missed.FrownFrown

BSBD Ted


councilman24  (D 8631)

Oct 15, 2011, 1:53 PM
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I think the first time I met Ted, or at least the first time I spent any time with him, was in 1993. I knew his wife Marcie from my home DZ in MI. I was going to be in Orlando for the PIA symposium and she suggested getting together and having dinner with her and Ted. We had great discussion at dinner and Ted was more than interested in the opinions of a basement rigger and weekend jumper. Ted had been given passes to the recently opened wind tunnel and said why don't we go over and try it out. We did. I hadn't been in a wind tunnel and neither had Ted. I got in first and flailed around trying to figure out the wind. Ted got in and turned style like he was still competing.

Over the years though PIA and in other ways Ted was always a gentleman (while still being a skydiver, with all that means, at the same time). In August at the last PIA business meeting Ted was very engaged in many things, including the rigging committee. Always voicing his Strong (pun intended) opinions in that booming voice.

Another among those who will be sorely missed.

My thoughts and prayers to Marcie.

Fly high Ted.


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masterrigger1  (D 14167)

Oct 15, 2011, 2:34 PM
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Mike,
This is absolutely heartbreaking news!

He was a great Mentor to many and I was glad to have know him.
He was aways one of my favorite people to run some of my ideas by.

My sincere condolences to all,
MEL


labrys  (D 29848)

Oct 15, 2011, 4:15 PM
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Blue Skies, Mr. Strong. Frown


danchapman  (B 2477)

Oct 15, 2011, 4:17 PM
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I also got my rigger's license at the Quincy loft, Dan Poynter was there at the time. Ted told us it was tradition for the students (there were 2-3 of us) to take him out to the Charles Street Steakhouse the night before our practical exam. We did and he told us that we would do fine in the practical, the only thing they looked for was our carefully following the manual for the particular rig we were packing. He said if we got there early enough we could pick out the rig we wanted to do our practical on. We got there early the next morning, but Ted was there earlier. Nowhere in sight were the rigs we had been working on all week. He gave me the weirdest looking rig I had ever seen, along with the manual. It was a WWii Japanese troop rig, and he had the manual with it, read like a Chinese menu. Fortunately there were some pictures. Needless to say he had a great sense of humor. He also, at the time was in a treasure hunting partnership with a guy in Florida. They had dove a few sights and the deck of there boat was filled with rusted iron and wood pieces and clumps of coral attached. A few weeks later a clump the size of a softball was found left over after the rest of the stuff was removed. It broke open and a half dozen pieces of eight fell out.
My condolences to hid family and friends


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daveverner  (D 968)

Oct 15, 2011, 5:47 PM
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So Sad, I don't know what to say. Dave Verner D-968


SARLDO  (B 31063)

Oct 15, 2011, 5:50 PM
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BSBD Frown


captain1976  (D 7183)

Oct 15, 2011, 7:21 PM
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What a loss! I was doing a hop & pop with another jumper at DeLand this last Spring and on the way up the other guy asked me how long I have been jumping. I told him 39 years and I in turn asked him the same question. He said 50 years and introduced himself as Ted Strong.

Happy I had the opportunity to not only meet this legend but to jump with him.


Para5-0  (D 19054)

Oct 15, 2011, 7:39 PM
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Wow,
A true pioneer of the sport, I am proud to say I met and had some great conversations with.
Blue Warm Air my friend.


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Oct 15, 2011, 8:02 PM
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In reply to:
Wow,
A true pioneer of the sport, I am proud to say I met and had some great conversations with.
Blue Warm Air my friend.

Ted constantly called me "Junior." When he asked me to shoot the Pioneers of Sport Parachuting jumps both in Utah and Elsinore, both times he made comments of "We'll take care of you, Junior."

Ted taught a lot of people a lot of things, and although he was a very busy man, he always seemed to have the time to talk when it came to exchanging ideas and opinions.
I'm sure there is no way of measuring the influence he's had on our sport and military systems.
I want to remember Ted this way. There are some edited-out scenes, but it was wonderful to see him laugh so hard when this reserve popped out as he was showing me how the system check worked. He couldn't speak for a few minutes. I didn't know him nearly as well as many, but the few projects we worked on for him were amongst my favorites.
My condolences to Marcie and family.


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normiss  (D 28356)

Oct 15, 2011, 8:24 PM
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Blue skies Ted.
Very good to know you and I always enjoyed our talks.
Thanks for everything you have done for our industry and for parachutes in general. Truly an icon.
Miss you man...
Unsure


airtwardo  (D License)

Oct 15, 2011, 8:43 PM
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The first time I met Ted was at an S&A meet in the late 70's, a broke college student I was shooting accuracy on an old POS canopy that was so far out of trim it landed only slightly slower than not having a canopy at all.

Ted pulled me aside after the meet and told me that as a big guy I wouldn't last long in the sport unless I got better equipment...I took his advice.

I had the pleasure of performing in some demos with Ted, and he set up me getting my tandem ticket in '86. Ted sponsored Liberty Parachute Team with not only standard skydiving equipment but also assisted in the design and manufactured the specialized gear.

I would run into Ted at different skydiving events around the country, what I enjoyed so much about those times was that we never talked about skydiving. He would tell me about the fascinating things he was doing outside the sport and I would do the same.

I sincerely doubt it's possible to measure all the contributions Ted made to the sport of skydiving, but it is most certainly true it would not be what it is today without him.

Blue Skies Friend.


billbooth  (D 3546)

Oct 15, 2011, 8:49 PM
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For as long as I can remember, Ted has always been there. I bought my first "real" rig from Ted. When I made my first very own rig, I bought the para-pack, webbing and hardware from Ted. Anytime I had a question about gear or jumping, Ted was always ready to help, although he must have hated selling me everything one yard at a time. Because has has always been there for me, I thought he always would.

This is a truly sad day. We were competitors, but we were friends first.

My favorite memory of Ted is from the early days of tandem when Ted and I were practically the only people in the world doing tandem. We knew we had something special, but we didn't yet know if it would be a safe and practical. Up till this point we had been working separately, but on this day we decided to work together. So we exited a 182 over DeLand with two experience female jumpers, and did the world's first tandem RW..a two-by-four if you wish. There were no drogues yet, and those first tandem parachutes tended to destroy themselves (and the jumpers) every other jump or so if you took them to terminal, even with a light passenger. So I guess were were both lucky that day as everything went perfectly.

We landing laughing out loud, shared a round of beer with girls, and the rest is history. I think we can all agree that tandem jumping has worked out very well indeed.

THANK YOU TED!


Rainbo  (D 9054)

Oct 15, 2011, 8:55 PM
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Don't know what to say... Frown


irishrigger  (D 297)

Oct 15, 2011, 9:09 PM
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i was lucky enough to meet ted on a few occcsions and the last time i talked to him was in Z-Hills when jerry bird got inducted to the hall of fame.
he was a true gentleman,although i did have a couple arguments with him regarding tandem gear. i was working in new zealand at the time and i remember i wrote a strongly worded letter to him about a couple things i found. and fair play to him he replied immediatley gave me some great advice and send some parts free of charge. he was very honest and upfront and a true legend and pioneer for the sport.
he will be missed.
my deeepest sympathy to all of his friends and family
RIP Ted

rodger




carbonezone  (D 23582)

Oct 15, 2011, 11:41 PM
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<<talking for scotty here>>
FUCK SHIT PISS
LOVE YOU MY BROTHER
BSBD
Tami & Scotty C.


RIGGER  (D 7933)

Oct 16, 2011, 1:06 AM
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Mike

It is so sad to read that - so tragic, the world lost a giant person.

Ted was a long time friend - we last met at PIA 2011.

It is a huge lost for the family , friends & the industry.

Ted, thanks for all you did for the sport & the industry.

BLUE SKIES FOR EVER MY FRIEND.

Rachel & Shlomo (Israel)


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stratostar  (Student)

Oct 16, 2011, 4:48 AM
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I had called about two weeks to discuss something and we ended up having a rather long conversation about a number of things.

Yea that was one of the coolest things about calling the factory.... you never knew when Ted would answer the phone. I've a had a number of phone calls with him, the first one was a surprise.... he bent over backwards to help me and went out of his way to send me manuals to all his gear.... for free! He also bent over backwards to help me with my tandem gear and get issues taken care of.... if he didn't handle it personally, he made sure the staff took care of it.

Rest easy and blue skies Ted..... Thanks for all you've given for so many years, you'll be missed!

Frown


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RonD1120  (D 1120)

Oct 16, 2011, 5:18 AM
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Sad, sad news. I've known Ted for over 25 years. He presented my 1000 Tandem Jump Badge at Strong Enterprises. Truly he was one of the greats.


purple6807  (D 24036)

Oct 16, 2011, 5:21 AM
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Ted was a pioneer and will be greatly missed. I still jump my Quasar IIs that I bought back in 1997 and love it... My thoughts and prayers to all his family and friends. BSBD


BadAndy  (D 24545)

Oct 16, 2011, 7:29 AM
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Wow. What a loss.. A true Pioneer and an Icon in the sport. A sad day...


NickDG  (D 8904)

Oct 16, 2011, 8:10 AM
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A giant! Rest in peace Ted . . .

NickD


Capt36  (D 13216)

Oct 16, 2011, 8:25 AM
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Thanks for the video link.... He was in true form..

The Innovation wheel slowed down a bit, upon his demise...

Enjoy those infinite freefalls, Ted!

Check's in the mail....


eric.fradet

Oct 16, 2011, 11:52 AM
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Ted's life vas dedicated to his sport, he brought a lot to people from my age and my kind, the actual young generation probably does not know much about him since he has chosen to stay in the shadow... he always has been there when I have been asking for a technical information, very helpful, as it has been written down by rinaldi524, Ted has not been trying to make money in this sport, his goal was to improve it all the time, if by chance he would have the opportunity to carry on for the next 20 years, for sure he would have been done it ..there is probably so few people like him in the skydiving industry, what it needs to be mentionned..thanks for your time Ted


kd5xb  (Student)

Oct 16, 2011, 12:09 PM
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One of my FB friends posted "Where would we be today had it not been for Ted Strong?"

I answered thusly --

Still jumping SILK parachutes with no apex and wild oscillations that break legs, and probably still in surplus containers. Paratroopers would be using the German WW-2 style single point support system instead of two risers that let a person steer. We'd still be using gliders to deliver goods to the battlefield instead of LAPES.

In my opinion, the two most influential people on military jumping and sport skydiving have been Ted Strong and Bill Booth. Bless 'em both.


robinheid  (D 5533)

Oct 16, 2011, 12:27 PM
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I "met" Ted about 1975, when I bought my first new gear -- A Navy blue Strong Starlite (loaded with a used blue/black/white Stratostar and a 26-foot Navy conical). Loved the rig.

Loved the man too, when I met him in person a couple of years later when I was editor of Parachutist and went to the Z-Hills Turkey boogie in 1978, when it was basically still the biggest boogie in the world.

When I started BASE jumping with Carl Boenish the next year, Ted was keenly interested in this new variation on parachuting and we talked regularly about technique and gear developments therein.

So it was no surprise that Ted showed up at Bridge Day 1984 with (IIRC) his still-experimental tandem parachute system, held up the tandem harness to me and said with his famous wry grin: "Interested?"

I said "I'll watch you do one first," and while he went just a touch head-low, he was fine and so on the next "load," we jumped together and made history doing the world's first-ever tandem jump.

(http://www.mywvhome.com/...ridge2/tedstrong.htm)

Later, people asked me how I could trust my life to another person on a BASE jump. My response: "Ted Strong is the most reliable piece of parachute equipment I've ever had on my back. He's worked perfectly 5,500 times, and he's the only conscious parachute system with automatic self-preservation mode that I've ever worn."

Two years later I got my Strong tandem instructor rating, and many times during the ensuing 25 years Ted and I spent time together in person or, more often, on the phone, talking parachuting and other subjects. As others have said, Ted always seemed to have or make time for pretty much everyone, no matter what he had going on.

Ted Strong was indeed a visionary and a pioneer, but even more importantly, he was a gentleman and a first-class human being and we in sport parachuting were honored and blessed to have him as long as we did.

And while of course Ted would've loved to have another 15 or 20 more years with Marcie and parachuting, I'm sure he's content that it ended with a cool jump story:

There he was age 75 skydiving hard at the cutting edge test jumping one of his own creations on a beautiful autumn day with young-enough-to-be-his-children/grandchildren friends and colleagues who all lived to tell lies about his last jump.

Cheers, old friend. We'll miss you but you lived large, long and with a heart full of love and you can't do much better than that.

Cool


jonstark  (D 8298)

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Hi Robin,

I met Ted in 1979. In 83 we met again at "the bridge" and hung out a bit. Over breakfast of fried mush and molasses Ted, knowing I was doing tandems for Booth in Deland, was thinking out loud about doing one off the bridge. My ears perked up -but- it would have been his first BASE jump ever. I took a pass and was pleased, if not envious, to see that you took him up on his offer the following year.

Ted was in the vanguard of gear development. His harnesses were supremely comfortable. Modest but strongly opinionated (he wouldn't let anybody touch his container templates with their aesthetic/cosmetic suggestions) he delved deeper and deeper into what parachute delivery systems could do. He knew as well as anybody what the risks were/are and I imagine he wouldn't let any of his systems be tested that he himself wouldn't jump. He was no PT Barnum. He lived his conviction.

BSBD Ted

jon


rmarshall234  (D 18793)

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"And while of course Ted would've loved to have another 15 or 20 more years with Marcie and parachuting, I'm sure he's content that it ended with a cool jump story:

There he was age 75 skydiving hard at the cutting edge test jumping one of his own creations on a beautiful autumn day with young-enough-to-be-his-children/grandchildren friends and colleagues who all lived to tell lies about his last jump.

Cheers, old friend. We'll miss you but you lived large, long and with a heart full of love and you can't do much better than that."

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Very well said, robinheid. Thanks for posting.


Greene  (D 5835)

Oct 16, 2011, 4:12 PM
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You just wrote the best eulogy we have ever seen written.

Your words describe Ted's love of life and living.

Bravo to you.

Ted would be very proud.

Ted, you were one in 5 million!

We do not know you, rmarshall, but thanks for posting this tribute.

Love n hugs to his family and all his many friends, us included. Special hugs to Bill M and his family.

Skies blue, Ted Strong, you will be missed.

Jim and Lee West


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rmarshall234  (D 18793)

Oct 16, 2011, 5:16 PM
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>>We do not know you, rmarshall, but thanks for posting this tribute.

Not me, I was simply repeating Robin Heid's words from an earlier post that I felt deserved to be heard again. Clearly you agree.


flipper3  (D 3115)

Oct 16, 2011, 5:24 PM
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I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news just a short while ago.
I went through his rigging course in Quincy in 1971. Ran into him and jumped with him
through the years, most recently some of the SOS record attempts. I bought my first
new rig from him - the Stylemaster main with the center pull belly wart - $200 for both.
He was a pioneer in the industry and about as good a person you could ever hope to meet.
Truly a loss for everyone - but he left us doing what he loved.

Blue skies Ted - hope to see you again someday!

Flip Hollstein
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Greene  (D 5835)

Oct 16, 2011, 5:31 PM
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Sorry for the misquote attributed to you

Kudos out to Robin Heid for his words!

Jim and Lee West


gjhdiver  (D 7731)

Oct 16, 2011, 9:44 PM
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Ted Strong was a fucking titan. When I was the manager of Skydive City, I met him and Bill Morrisey a lot. He was the definition of a true gentleman, and this sport is what it is today precisely because of him. Without Ted Strong, there would be no tandem.

I can't express how sorry I am to hear of his death. However, the best tribute we can pay to this man is to be the best tandem instructors we can be, on whatever system we are qualified in, for one thing is certain. Without Ted, there wouldn't be any of them. He broke the ground that others followed.

Thanks Ted.


groundrush87  (D 31095)

Oct 17, 2011, 10:44 AM
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I was just getting my Strong rating towards the beginning of the year when I was in FL for a while. I stopped by the Strong factory to pick up a package needed for the tandem course, and while I was there I was given a tour of the whole place by the helpful staff.

During the tour we stopped by the R&D or engineering department upstairs. Ted was there and I was introduced to him. I talked to him for about 10 or 15 minutes, and was very impressed and privileged to meet him.

He's definitely brought the sport a very long way. I'm very sorry that he has passed... my condolences to his friends and family.

Blue Skies Mr. Strong!


dks13827  (C 9293)

Oct 17, 2011, 2:18 PM
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I was worried for Ted when I saw a PIA video a while back and he told about test jumping a very very small canopy.........it opened in a spinner and he was extremely lucky that he managed to cutaway from it. He almost didn't.


rrmtopo  (C License)

Oct 17, 2011, 2:42 PM
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Wow, just made my first jump in 20 years this past Friday. Reviewing my logbook I remembered an entry from Ted on January 16, 1985 when I followed him and my twin sister out on her first tandem jump. I still have the picture from 26 years ago, tell me who was having more fun jumping with a brother and sister that day. Rest in peace Mr. Strong, you've made an entire community better just by sharing your life with us.
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rahlmo  (D 6943)

Oct 17, 2011, 4:51 PM
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Stood on top of an Appalachian today.
Thought I saw your footprint.
An old hero gone, never to forget.
Waiting for new heroes to emerge.


--kevin gibson


JohnMitchell  (D 6462)

Oct 17, 2011, 10:38 PM
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I never had the privilege of crossing paths with Ted, but I just wanted to say thanks. He was one of the most influential people in developing the gear we enjoy today.

Sorry you left us too soon, Ted.


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Liemberg  (Student)

Oct 18, 2011, 1:49 AM
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Sad to hear this news.

Personally, I was saved by one of his products already six times since he passed away - they worked as flawlessly as that 26ft Strong Lopo that saved me many, many years ago.

BSBD Mr. Strong


normiss  (D 28356)

Oct 18, 2011, 7:20 AM
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Orlando Sentinel article


klingeme  (D 24728)

Oct 18, 2011, 8:24 AM
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Here's a picture of Bill and Ted in the early days of Tandem Development.
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ikenever  (D 5716)

Oct 18, 2011, 8:38 PM
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Thank you Ted for what you've done.


Skyper

Oct 19, 2011, 3:31 AM
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Blue skies Ted and thank you for everything.


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Ted's Obituary.


3331  (D 3331)

Oct 19, 2011, 7:49 PM
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John Sherman has changed the front page of his Website in tribute to Ted Strong.

http://jumpshack.com/


masterrigger1  (D 14167)

Oct 19, 2011, 10:01 PM
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John Sherman has changed the front page of his Website in tribute to Ted Strong.

Thanks John in a very big way for doing that!

Blue Skies Ted!

MEL


feuergnom  (D License)

Oct 22, 2011, 10:54 AM
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what can I say? Never met him in person, just loads of stories. still feel sad and like I have lost something important...


manchuso  (C 15)

Oct 23, 2011, 12:07 PM
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...the man was a prince!

I met him in Ecuador for the C130 Boogie and I´m grateful I can relate to what DSE, Robin Heid and John Sherman put in to their eulogies.

Blue skies Ted...

rafael


pchapman  (D 1014)

Oct 23, 2011, 12:39 PM
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In reply to:
they worked as flawlessly as that 26ft Strong Lopo that saved me many, many years ago.

And one of his old 26' LoPo's saved me just a month ago. I hope he had a chuckle when the photos got passed around Strong Enterprises.

Blue Skies.


efs4ever  (D 7014)

Oct 24, 2011, 12:49 PM
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For as long as I can remember, Ted has always been there. I bought my first "real" rig from Ted. When I made my first very own rig, I bought the para-pack, webbing and hardware from Ted. Anytime I had a question about gear or jumping, Ted was always ready to help, although he must have hated selling me everything one yard at a time. Because has has always been there for me, I thought he always would.

Was that the jump with NO LATERAL ATTACHMENTS? I swiped a photo of the photo of that from your office!



This is a truly sad day. We were competitors, but we were friends first.

My favorite memory of Ted is from the early days of tandem when Ted and I were practically the only people in the world doing tandem. We knew we had something special, but we didn't yet know if it would be a safe and practical. Up till this point we had been working separately, but on this day we decided to work together. So we exited a 182 over DeLand with two experience female jumpers, and did the world's first tandem RW..a two-by-four if you wish. There were no drogues yet, and those first tandem parachutes tended to destroy themselves (and the jumpers) every other jump or so if you took them to terminal, even with a light passenger. So I guess were were both lucky that day as everything went perfectly.

We landing laughing out loud, shared a round of beer with girls, and the rest is history. I think we can all agree that tandem jumping has worked out very well indeed.

THANK YOU TED!


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zephyrzone  (B 36628)

Oct 24, 2011, 7:49 PM
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I've only been in the sport since June, but I had 2 tandems, both on Dual Hawks, before committing to AFF.

I bought a Quasar II which I both love and evangelize to everyone who asks. I now have my A license and have no intentions of ever giving up my container. It's such a solid piece of work.

While I may not be qualified to speak on Mr. Strong's untimely death, I can say...WITHOUT A DOUBT...his innovations introduced me, and kept me in the sport.

BS Ted. I wish I had the honor of knowing you personally.


pookieland  (Student)

Oct 25, 2011, 4:07 PM
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Hi there, my name is James and I saw your post on Ted. I also have a custom made Quasar II made by Ted Strong. He invited me to his factory here in Florida and had his people tape measure me and do all the things they needed to do in order to make my adventure is skydiving the best it could be. I am 1 of 4 wheelchair skydivers in the world. There’s only 2 of us in the US. What caught my attention even more about your post is your location. I am from Dover Delaware, I grew up in Dover and I have been to that dropzone there in Laurl about ‘98 or ’99 and it was not a good place to jump. But in the past few yrs I have been hearing good things about it and I will be back to visit in Feb or March. Not to jump just to visit. My Dad and brother still live there. Anyway, Ted was a great guy and I was fortunate enough to meet him and work with him on my skydiving adventure. And I know that he would have appreciated your words about him. I go by the name of Pookie and I have been in this sport since ’06 and things just seem to be getting better and better about this sport and I just wanted to say Blue Skys to you from SkyDive City down here in Zephyr Hills, FL. If you have face book you can find my skydiving page under Team DumbAss, yes it’s a real team. There is a picture of me and the DZO hanging out of a plane doing my last Tandem Jump. OK, that’s all LATER………….

James Morning
aka Pookie


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I've been thinking about Ted every day since I heard about his passing.

My heart and prayers are with his family and everyone at the factory.

Ted Strong was a lot of things, he was an extraordinary skydiver, he was an extraordinary innovator and designer, and he was a visionary in our sport who spent over fifty years of his life pursuing a safer sport for us all. But his greatest attribute, what drew people to him, was that at his core, he was simply an extraordinary human being.

For those that knew Ted, they understood that it was his integrity and his principles that defined him.

On a personal level, he changed my life forever when he asked me to come down to Orlando in 2006 and work for him at Strong Enterprises. I wanted to say yes, but I was reluctant at first, apprehensive about leaving my comfortable career and expressed my concern to him.

Like it was yesterday, I remember walking around Lake Wales with him discussing this idea and my concerns, when he stopped, turn to me, and said "Let me ask you a question". "Okay" I replied, "Shoot." And then he asked me the question that basically changed my life forever:

"Do you look forward to Fridays, you know when your work week ends and your weekend starts?"

"Yes" I replied, "Doesn't everybody?"

"No" he replied. "Not me. I look forward to Mondays, the same way you look forward to Fridays."

"Why is that?" I asked.

"Because I love my job. Come work for me, and you will look forward to Mondays, the same way the rest of the world looks forward to the weekends."

It was the most profound statement I had ever heard at 32 years old, and that was all it took. And you know what, he was right.

I am really going to miss Ted. He was a mentor, a motivator and a role model to so many of us.

I am grateful that I was able to share in his extraordinary life.


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flygirltricia  (D 22283)

Oct 26, 2011, 7:57 AM
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We have truly lost a great pioneer and a wonderful person. My condolences to Teds family and friends. Fly forever free among the clouds and blue skies. You will be missed, but never forgotten.


Premier SkymonkeyONE  (D 12501)

Oct 26, 2011, 11:16 AM
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Tom Noonan hit the nail on the head: Ted was extraordinary. This was a tremendous blow to the sport and industry alike.


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Oct 27, 2011, 6:32 PM
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Ted’s wife Marcie, his two children, and eight grandchildren, as well as his extended family (the Strong Enterprises employees) would like to thank everyone for the many kind words, cards, arrangements and support shown during the past two weeks. Ted was larger than life not only within Strong Enterprises but throughout the industry worldwide. His ideas, expertise, and smile will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

The company that he created and loved is here to stay and will continue to make him proud! We’re working on finishing current projects including:

• The New Tandem System which is in the TSO process
• The TSO of our 30ft. round reserve for pilot emergency use
• Finalizing the Icarus canopy approval
• A newly designed website with exciting new features
• Continuing to improve the Dual Hawk Tandem System

All while constantly creating new and innovative products living up to the name "The parachute company with imagination"

Due to the amount of people who have expressed interest in attending services we are currently planning on holding a celebration of Ted’s life around the time of the “Skydive Expo” which is scheduled April 3-8th, 2012. This gives people from around the world time to make arrangements and also gives the added benefit of attending the Expo. This is also a perfect time to celebrate Ted’s life since April 5th is the anniversary of his first jump in 1958 and April 7th his birthday.

We always look forward to hearing from everyone. Thank You!


airtwardo  (D License)

Oct 28, 2011, 7:03 AM
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Thanks Mike, looking forward to seeing you in April.


rmarshall234  (D 18793)

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You know sometimes, in the rarest of circumstances, an individual is as beautiful in death as they were in life. Ted Strong clearly, is one of those giants. The words, feelings and love demonstrated in this mail and so many that preceded it, show what a positive influence this man had on so many others. I did not know him, but when I saw him at Oshkosh one year I made certain to shake his hand and say hello. I’m so glad I did. As a Rigger, I'll look forward to the release of that 30 foot round reserve pilot rig.


airtwardo  (D License)

Oct 29, 2011, 9:07 AM
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Very nice Tom, tells a lot about both Ted and you.


~Quick story that maybe it's time to share:

A few years ago I was jumping an airshow in northern California.

At the end of the performer briefing Saturday morning, an older very tall and distinguished looking gentleman who was flying in the show approached me and introduced himself.

He called me by name & pointed to the Strong Enterprise patch on my jumpsuit and asked if I knew Ted personally, I of course acknowledged in the affirmative.

The ole gent in the nomex flight-suit shook my hand again and invited me to take a seat saying...

"Have I got a story for you"


According to this fellow, it seems quite possible that some of the original 'history' of US skydiving may be somewhat in error.

He'd reminded of a jump I'd made several years earlier commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first US baton pass with the surviving participant, we did it at Oshkosh and it was a rather special event to be a part of...

This air show pilot told me how he'd watched that show during Oshkosh years before with a bit of a snicker, and had been waiting for the day our paths would cross.


He told me how 'way back in the day', though other countries had done the baton pass, it hadn't been achieved yet in the states...that is until he and his room mate tried it a few times then figured out the whole 'RW' fly to each other thing!

His roomie was of course Ted Strong! Shocked

He then went on to tell me that their 'plan' was to show a couple of other rather famous Skydivers how it's done...and then let them do the 'First Official' US baton pass as a publicity thing to help with the new parachute training school they were setting up.

He said how poetic would it have been for D1 & D2 to 'take the stick' and run with it.

However a couple of other jumpers that we all know & love ended up performing the pass before the 'plan' could come about...and they, knowing nothing of any other attempts either successful or not, took the honor.

And history was thus written.



I asked the old guy 'if' that's true, how come no one has ever made mention of it before...you know, disputed the claim, took proper credit, made a big deal out of it?!

He gave me a wink replying simply, "I thought you said you knew Ted!" Cool





Well...I couldn't get that story out of my mind, and when I ran into Ted at PIA I just had to ask him.

With the standard huge Ted Strong grin he said to me, "Jim there are only two guys still around that know if there's any truth to that 'story'...you heard from one, and you're looking at the other." Sly

D-16 then gave me the exact same wink I'd seen months earlier out in California...and smiling to himself, turned and walked away! AngelicCoolLaughLaugh


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Very nice Tom, tells a lot about both Ted and you.


~Quick story that maybe it's time to share:

A few years ago I was jumping an airshow in northern California.

At the end of the performer briefing Saturday morning, an older very tall and distinguished looking gentleman who was flying in the show approached me and introduced himself.

He called me by name & pointed to the Strong Enterprise patch on my jumpsuit and asked if I knew Ted personally, I of course acknowledged in the affirmative.

The ole gent in the nomex flight-suit shook my hand again and invited me to take a seat saying...

"Have I got a story for you"


According to this fellow, it seems quite possible that some of the original 'history' of US skydiving may be somewhat in error.

He'd reminded of a jump I'd made several years earlier commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first US baton pass with the surviving participant, we did it at Oshkosh and it was a rather special event to be a part of...

This air show pilot told me how he'd watched that show during Oshkosh years before with a bit of a snicker, and had been waiting for the day our paths would cross.


He told me how 'way back in the day', though other countries had done the baton pass, it hadn't been achieved yet in the states...that is until he and his room mate tried it a few times then figured out the whole 'RW' fly to each other thing!

His roomie was of course Ted Strong! Shocked

He then went on to tell me that their 'plan' was to show a couple of other rather famous Skydivers how it's done...and then let them do the 'First Official' US baton pass as a publicity thing to help with the new parachute training school they were setting up.

He said how poetic would it have been for D1 & D2 to 'take the stick' and run with it.

However a couple of other jumpers that we all know & love ended up performing the pass before the 'plan' could come about...and they, knowing nothing of any other attempts either successful or not, took the honor.

And history was thus written.



I asked the old guy 'if' that's true, how come no one has ever made mention of it before...you know, disputed the claim, took proper credit, made a big deal out of it?!

He gave me a wink replying simply, "I thought you said you knew Ted!" Cool





Well...I couldn't get that story out of my mind, and when I ran into Ted at PIA I just had to ask him.

With the standard huge Ted Strong grin he said to me, "Jim there are only two guys still around that know if there's any truth to that 'story'...you heard from one, and you're looking at the other." Sly

D-16 then gave me the exact same wink I'd seen months earlier out in California...and smiling to himself, turned and walked away! AngelicCoolLaughLaugh

Jim,
I'd heard that story from Bill M, and when I asked Ted to tell the whole story, he asked us to shut the camera off, saying that history was written and he didn't want anyone to think otherwise. He referred to it in the PIA interview after prompted, but he wouldn't say much. I wonder what else Ted isn't known for?


RonD1120  (D 1120)

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Very nice Tom, tells a lot about both Ted and you.


~Quick story that maybe it's time to share:

A few years ago I was jumping an airshow in northern California.

At the end of the performer briefing Saturday morning, an older very tall and distinguished looking gentleman who was flying in the show approached me and introduced himself.

He called me by name & pointed to the Strong Enterprise patch on my jumpsuit and asked if I knew Ted personally, I of course acknowledged in the affirmative.

The ole gent in the nomex flight-suit shook my hand again and invited me to take a seat saying...

"Have I got a story for you"


According to this fellow, it seems quite possible that some of the original 'history' of US skydiving may be somewhat in error.

He'd reminded of a jump I'd made several years earlier commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first US baton pass with the surviving participant, we did it at Oshkosh and it was a rather special event to be a part of...

This air show pilot told me how he'd watched that show during Oshkosh years before with a bit of a snicker, and had been waiting for the day our paths would cross.


He told me how 'way back in the day', though other countries had done the baton pass, it hadn't been achieved yet in the states...that is until he and his room mate tried it a few times then figured out the whole 'RW' fly to each other thing!

His roomie was of course Ted Strong! Shocked

He then went on to tell me that their 'plan' was to show a couple of other rather famous Skydivers how it's done...and then let them do the 'First Official' US baton pass as a publicity thing to help with the new parachute training school they were setting up.

He said how poetic would it have been for D1 & D2 to 'take the stick' and run with it.

However a couple of other jumpers that we all know & love ended up performing the pass before the 'plan' could come about...and they, knowing nothing of any other attempts either successful or not, took the honor.

And history was thus written.



I asked the old guy 'if' that's true, how come no one has ever made mention of it before...you know, disputed the claim, took proper credit, made a big deal out of it?!

He gave me a wink replying simply, "I thought you said you knew Ted!" Cool





Well...I couldn't get that story out of my mind, and when I ran into Ted at PIA I just had to ask him.

With the standard huge Ted Strong grin he said to me, "Jim there are only two guys still around that know if there's any truth to that 'story'...you heard from one, and you're looking at the other." Sly

D-16 then gave me the exact same wink I'd seen months earlier out in California...and smiling to himself, turned and walked away! AngelicCoolLaughLaugh

Well, that is a new one for me. Thanks for sharing it Twardo.


Krip  (Student)

Nov 19, 2011, 12:51 PM
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Hi

Part of Teds legacy: excerpt from

http://www.stripes.com/...te-airdrops-1.161135

"The Air Force also is ramping up its use of a system that links global positioning satellites to small motors that steer supply parachutes down to ground troops, Rooney said. The GPS-guided parachutes have worked so well that the Air Force plans to increase their use from 100 airdrops in the past year to 40 per month, he said.

The “Joint Precision Air Drop System” enables a navigator, equipped with a laptop to enter data such as the coordinates of the drop zone, wind speed and direction. The system then tells the navigator where to release the load, Rooney said.

The system’s motors control parachutes in the same way that skydivers pull cords to guide their canopies into the drop zone, he said.

Engineers’ goal was to land satellite-guided parachutes inside a 150-meter diameter circle but the system works so well that 80 percent of loads drop in an 80-meter circle and 100 percent fall within a 100-meter circle, Rooney said.

The satellite-guided system allows cargo aircraft to fly as high as 25,000 feet where wind would normally be a major factor. The altitude puts them beyond the range of Afghan insurgents who frequently take pot shots at low flying planes, he said.

It also allows supplies to be “flown” to a drop zone from a release point up to 16 miles away, he said.

“They can fly [the GPS-guided parachute] over a ridge line, down a valley and into a forward operating base,” he said. “They can do a single pass over a valley and resupply two bases.”

The systems, which cost $20,000 each, carry up to 2,200 pounds of cargo. If troops are in a hurry they only need to unclip an 8-pound avionics unit to have recovered half the system’s value, Rooney said. “This is also a game changer for users (such as Special Operations personnel) who jump in with their supplies,” he said. “They can now be confident that their supplies we will be at the intended point on the ground when they land rather than having to hunt them down.”

Capt. Jeremy Hague, 28, of Pittsburgh, a navigator with the 36th Airlift Squadron out of Yokota Air Base, Japan, said a big advantage of the GPS-guided parachute is its ability to hit a target in poor visibility.

“We can drop it above the clouds and it will steer itself to the impact point,” he said."

Thank you Mr StrongAngelic

K-RIP


accumack  (D 4825)

Nov 20, 2011, 4:35 PM
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 Ted deserves credit for many inovations; but jpads evolved from para flite's(now airborne systems) parapoint system


feuergnom  (D License)

Apr 7, 2012, 1:37 PM
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I find it very strange that a person with the magnitude of ted strong seems to get lost in these forums so easily and that so few skydivers contribute to this thread Unimpressed


BobMoore  (D 13136)

Apr 7, 2012, 3:05 PM
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In reply to:
I find it very strange that a person with the magnitude of ted strong seems to get lost in these forums so easily and that so few skydivers contribute to this thread Unimpressed

There are 87 posts to this thread, now 88. As far as me, I never met the man so I have nothing to add to the list of condolences.


piisfish

Apr 23, 2012, 1:15 AM
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I was lucky enough to meet Ted quickly at PIA, and lucky enough to witness all the displays of love for Ted from all around at this year's Skydive Expo in Deland.
I took a quick picture of what I thought might be one of the most simple, yet very efficient tributes. Smile I do not know if/how all of this is true, but I am encline to believe that all what is written there is very true ShockedSmileLaugh
Attachments: TedStrong.JPG (45.2 KB)


Premier rinaldi524  (D 24196)

May 18, 2012, 8:55 AM
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It's a funny comment on that picture for sure but it should be said that the Ted I knew respected women, all women. His Wife Marcie told me "Ted loved women, revered in fact, women, like so few men whom are free of guilt and weird commitments are willing to do". So yes I believe Ted may have laughed a little if he read the comment on the photo but then he would have took it down and put it in his pocket, as so not to offend.

We all miss you Ted but a piece of you remains in all of us!

Mike Rinaldi



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