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ChrisL  (C 35323)

Oct 9, 2012, 12:16 PM
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Assuming no weather problems (looks good right now), tomorrow afternoon I'll be making a skydive out the bomb bay doors of the Collings Foundations B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine-O-Nine" Smile

I'm quite psyched to just fly in one of these old war birds, let alone skydive out the bomb bay SmileSmileSmile
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propblast

Oct 9, 2012, 12:25 PM
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Still a dream of mine. Smile


jzzsxm  (B License)

Oct 9, 2012, 12:25 PM
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Get enough separation! I jumped it in September and we didn't have nearly enough separation. Jump in pairs (two at a time) and leave 5 seconds between pairs and it'll work great.

Have a BLAST, it was awesome. I'd do it again (and pay the $450) in a heartbeat.

Here's the jump I did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SsUa_sWf9A


ChrisL  (C 35323)

Oct 9, 2012, 12:32 PM
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Get enough separation! I jumped it in September and we didn't have nearly enough separation. Jump in pairs (two at a time) and leave 5 seconds between pairs and it'll work great.

Have a BLAST, it was awesome. I'd do it again (and pay the $450) in a heartbeat.

Here's the jump I did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SsUa_sWf9A


Nice video :)

You guys got around 5k ft?


jzzsxm  (B License)

Oct 9, 2012, 12:38 PM
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Get enough separation! I jumped it in September and we didn't have nearly enough separation. Jump in pairs (two at a time) and leave 5 seconds between pairs and it'll work great.

Have a BLAST, it was awesome. I'd do it again (and pay the $450) in a heartbeat.

Here's the jump I did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SsUa_sWf9A


Nice video :)

You guys got around 5k ft?

Yep, got out at 5k. The pilots are NOT skydivers. Their briefing was "We'll fly over the drop zone, open the doors, and you guys do what you do."

The "spot" is what you make it. It's tricky, though, because you can only see straight down, so I'd try to find somebody who's familiar with the DZ and recognizes the surrounding area.


JohnMitchell  (D 6462)

Oct 9, 2012, 12:48 PM
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Congrats. I need to do that some day. Hope you got some pics. CoolCoolCool


scottd818  (C 41314)

Oct 9, 2012, 12:58 PM
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ok im jealous that sounds like an epic time!


normiss  (D 28356)

Oct 9, 2012, 1:01 PM
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AWESOME!

Give 9O9 a friendly pat for me, I haven't seen her in a few years now. She's a beauty.
Cool


DrewEckhardt  (D 28461)

Oct 9, 2012, 1:03 PM
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Assuming no weather problems (looks good right now), tomorrow afternoon I'll be making a skydive out the bomb bay doors of the Collings Foundations B-17 Flying Fortress "Nine-O-Nine" Smile

I'm quite psyched to just fly in one of these old war birds, let alone skydive out the bomb bay SmileSmileSmile

Been there, done that.

I took the walk through on the ground at Quincy, decided that the lift ticket price was worth it, and got on the last load.

It was _awesome_. Sounds great with 4 R1820s 9 cylinder radials.


(This post was edited by DrewEckhardt on Oct 9, 2012, 1:04 PM)


cocheese  (D 24000)

Oct 9, 2012, 1:04 PM
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It's good stuff. Beware of snag hazards while "touring the plane".

A feet first exit facing the tail and then go to back fly will give you an awesome view of the wingspan after exit. Nowhere will you ever see that kind of view again.Cool

Absorb the history of it all and what it may have been like for those kids that rode that bird over seas to battle.


DrewEckhardt  (D 28461)

Oct 9, 2012, 1:07 PM
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It's good stuff. Beware of snag hazards while "touring the plane".

If you have a choice between with and without white fabric choose without- I picked up a container grease spot on my jump (still very worth it).


Lastchance  (B 28828)

Oct 9, 2012, 2:23 PM
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Made it a clicky for you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SsUa_sWf9A


(This post was edited by Lastchance on Oct 9, 2012, 2:25 PM)


jzzsxm  (B License)

Oct 9, 2012, 2:34 PM
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Ah, gracias.


dqpacker  (D 32043)

Oct 9, 2012, 3:30 PM
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Where can you do this?


excaza  (C License)

Oct 9, 2012, 4:31 PM
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Schedule

They do a yearly tour around the country. I'm assuming the regions stay pretty much the same, but this is the first year I've heard about it. I don't think they allow jumps at every stop, but I could be wrong.


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Iago  (D License)

Oct 9, 2012, 9:43 PM
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You suck. That is all.


piisfish

Oct 10, 2012, 12:38 AM
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You suck. That is all.
what he said. But still could you please post pictures/videos Angelic

Enjoy the jump


ChrisL  (C 35323)

Oct 10, 2012, 6:55 AM
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You suck. That is all.
what he said. But still could you please post pictures/videos Angelic

Enjoy the jump

I will. Forecast for the afternoon looks good so far :)


piisfish

Oct 10, 2012, 6:58 AM
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You suck. That is all.
what he said. But still could you please post pictures/videos Angelic

Enjoy the jump

I will. Forecast for the afternoon looks good so far :)
I hate you, in a good way Smile


peregrinerose  (D 28983)

Oct 10, 2012, 1:36 PM
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Have fun! She's one very sexy plane to fly in, and I still get chills thingking about those huge radial engines starting up. The flight alone was worth the money, the skydive was the icing on the cake.

Be careful for snag hazards. A friend had to ride the plane down when he snagged his reserve handle.


bilt2ride  (C 40336)

Oct 10, 2012, 2:36 PM
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New bucket list item!

Awesome!


councilman24  (D 8631)

Oct 10, 2012, 6:51 PM
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Did it down at Quincy. Fourteen on board and we couldn't fill the bomb bay!Crazy Some of the guys actually DIDN'T WANT to go out the bomb bay.

All the bomb latches are still on the sides of the bomb bay and all greased up. Along with all sorts of threaded rods etc. First out climb down and stand STRADDLING the bomb doors. They are designed to break away so you can't stand on them. But you can stand on the center keel and the outside frame. Then the doors open underneath you.Cool Just hop and put your feet together and drop out. Well worth the $350 at the time.


ChrisL  (C 35323)

Oct 10, 2012, 9:15 PM
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Fourteen on board and we couldn't fill the bomb bay!Crazy Some of the guys actually DIDN'T WANT to go out the bomb bay.

Now thats just messed up. Didnt want to exit the bomb bay? It was tricky getting down in there cuz it was so dark but I cant imagine wanting exit any other way. it was a total blast.

Clouds came in but they were above 5500, so we got about 5200 ft.

Two passes, I was on second pass and got video of the whole last 15 minutes.

Most fun I've had in a LONG time :) and its $450 now but was worth every penny!

Some of its kinda boring, some of its kinda dark (in the bomb bay before the doors open) but here it is..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LgjR_NSSv4


(This post was edited by ChrisL on Oct 10, 2012, 9:16 PM)


LloydDobbler  (D 30655)

Oct 12, 2012, 8:23 PM
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Fourteen on board and we couldn't fill the bomb bay!Crazy Some of the guys actually DIDN'T WANT to go out the bomb bay.

Now thats just messed up. Didnt want to exit the bomb bay? It was tricky getting down in there cuz it was so dark but I cant imagine wanting exit any other way. it was a total blast.

Clouds came in but they were above 5500, so we got about 5200 ft.

Two passes, I was on second pass and got video of the whole last 15 minutes.

Most fun I've had in a LONG time :) and its $450 now but was worth every penny!

Some of its kinda boring, some of its kinda dark (in the bomb bay before the doors open) but here it is..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LgjR_NSSv4

Congrats, dude...you've just made 100% of Dropzone.com (including those who've done it before) jealous. Cool

Freakin' awesome. Still on my to-do list. Like @peregrinerose said, looks like it would be worth every penny just to fly in that beauty! Love me some radial engines... Smile


cocheese  (D 24000)

Oct 13, 2012, 7:28 AM
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Dude you missed the coolest view ever by not looking up immediately after exit. Mad

The coolest thing is: Nobody has ever said it wasn't worth the money.Cool And..... I got my ride for $10 in a raffle.Tongue

Glad they are still offering this rare experience. We are a huge hazard to those planes, so let's keep it careful up there, everyone.


LloydDobbler  (D 30655)

Oct 14, 2012, 9:09 AM
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Glad they are still offering this rare experience. We are a huge hazard to those planes, so let's keep it careful up there, everyone.

^^ Well-said.


ChrisL  (C 35323)

Oct 15, 2012, 9:13 AM
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Dude you missed the coolest view ever by not looking up immediately after exit. Mad

I still got the shot, just a few seconds late. I was initially focused on
trying not to hit the sides on my way out and got slightly unstable.


cocheese  (D 24000)

Oct 15, 2012, 11:46 AM
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No. You're just going to have to do it again.Laugh

Look for the HUGE wingspan in your face. It takes up the whole screen on the video.Cool


ChrisL  (C 35323)

Oct 16, 2012, 8:07 AM
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I'm gonna try again next year.

Must do better!


cocheese  (D 24000)

Oct 16, 2012, 11:38 AM
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Laugh Just teasing you, man. Tongue Thanks for sharing the experience with us.Cool


Krip  (Student)

Oct 16, 2012, 1:39 PM
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Hi Chris

My father in law jumped out of one over italy. When he was a teanager

He Didn't talk about it much .

Except when it's time to go you gotta go.

I think he saved his nylon chute and had a nice italin lady take it apart dye some of the thread s and make it into a bedspred.

Thats the story and y boss is lurking it after her mom joins her dad.

Didn't think to ask My inlaw where he exited from.

R.


TDFbound

Oct 17, 2012, 8:06 PM
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Are jump opportunities offered at each location this plane goes? I noticed it will be in my area for the next two weeks and was wondering if I went to see the plane if I would have a chance of meeting some skydivers in my area? I'm still waiting until I have the cash to dump into a full AFF program and get my first jumps in, but I'd still like to meet folks in my area and get some connections rolling.


jzzsxm  (B License)

Oct 17, 2012, 10:21 PM
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It doesn't offer jumps in each stop it goes to. Whether or not it does a jump run, I imagine, depends on a variety of factors.

1) Is it at a dropzone?
2) Are there at least 8 people willing to pay the $4,500 total cost to ride to altitude?
3) Other things?

As for making the connections, I'd say relax and wait until you start AFF. You'll meet plenty of people without even trying. If you're in a part of the country that has winter then spend the next several months stockpiling cash and getting excited.



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