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Jan 9, 2010, 11:53 PM

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Some 'obvious' safety imperatives are era dependent. Emotion about safety transcends time.
Consider that there was a time when:
- a stopwatch was considered to be the must-have instrument. You knew the exit altitude. Delays were short. We pulled low; down and dirty where the eye is The altimeter.
- Audible dirt-alerts didnt exist. Ground rush provided scenic visual dirt alerts. It is hard to ignore the ground at 1,000' . It is damn near impossible to ignore ground rush below about 700
- Pilot chutes were not used on reserves. Period.
- Some people didn't have-use chest straps.
- Pulling unstable was accepted & "OK"
- Reserves were hand-deployed
- Cutaways were: 1st unheard of; 2nd very difficult; 3rd banned at some DZs
- All accuracy was run downwind
- Pea gravel was seldom seen.
- "Dead Center' was a ~ 3' square at the intersection of the"+" shaped target panels.
- Ground-to-air communication was via these target panels or by M60 Smoke grenades.
- In some places, expert skydivers' pull altitude was 800' (for students it was 1,200').
- As a freshman on the Texas Aggie Parachute team, I thought spotting difficult and hypoxia likely with their mandated 2,500 opening altitude.
- A common accuracy technique was to hook-turn at about 40' so you'd swing-out towards the target on impact.
- Parachute meets only involved style and accuracy. -- 2-3 night competition accuracy jumps were common.
- FS people (RW) were just fun-jumpers and not serious parachutists to some.
- Sprained ankles were common.
- Some accuracy jumpers took duct-tape and scissors to accuracy competitions and changed their gore-cuts to match the winds on-site.
- The word "Star" and "Formation" weren't invented until about 1964.
- Doing a 3-way from 3600' at an accuracy meet got you nearly grounded and very hollered at.
- Some places, the jumping interfered with drinking for some.
- Turning style with a hangover is un-fun
- Some Style jumpers wore like 20 lbs. of lead in their belly reservves.
- RW (FS) people wore big welders gloves.
- Nearly all jumpers wore Bell helmets, Cochran jump boots, and white painter's coveralls (Sears).
- Few people exited above 7,200' -- ... too expensive and time consuming. A 45 second delay was a big deal.
- The hot-rod aircraft was a Cessna 196.... Very few twins were used
- The biggest formation you could make was a 5-way (aircraft limited).
- For us break-off was < 1000' (Unless somebody was real close)
- The B4 container would reliably open in 250' ( you'd want to sit up some)
- Tracking off at 800 altitude is silly. You just turn 180 degrees and dump
- Double totals were thought impossible until the PC was introduced.
- Survival was practiced as an art.
- As today, safety was an emotional topic costumed as clear logic

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