Forums: Skydiving: Skydiving History & Trivia:
Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's

 


Zootographer  (D 10868)

Aug 1, 2005, 7:57 PM
Post #1 of 12 (2133 views)
Shortcut
Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's Can't Post

Aerobats - Third Inf Div Sport Parachute Club, early 70's. Anyone remember? Names coming to mind are 1LT Bob ("Bing Bing") Iverson (fearless leader), Steve Maikowski, CPT Glen Puffer (our first paraplane pilot), ASO Bruce McDaniels, 2LT Mike Burt, SP5 Ken Larcher, 1LT John True (parasled pilot), SFC Lester Pelfrey, Dale Lyons, Nicki Mainero, Bob Linke. Civilian Tom Shafer. Jumped 421st Medevac Hueys at Conn Barracks (Schweinfurt) and with the Germans at Hassfurt out of a Dornier. Anybody out there?


davidlayne  (D 3102)

Aug 2, 2005, 2:02 AM
Post #2 of 12 (2088 views)
Shortcut
Re: [Zootographer] Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's [In reply to] Can't Post

I remember Bob Iverson! Crazy guy got kicked out of the Army as I recall.


Zootographer  (D 10868)

Aug 2, 2005, 3:44 PM
Post #3 of 12 (2047 views)
Shortcut
Re: [davidlayne] Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's [In reply to] Can't Post

Wouldn't be surprised. He had been busted and was doing penance for smuggling some good Lebanese black in from Amsterdam when I met him (or so the story goes). Still a good leader. I liked the dude. One of the better jumpers in our group. Heard he went to Casa Grande afterwards.....


davidlayne  (D 3102)

Aug 3, 2005, 1:47 AM
Post #4 of 12 (2027 views)
Shortcut
Re: [Zootographer] Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes that's the story I heard about Bob. Perhaps you know Craig Huck also?


winsor  (D 13715)

Aug 3, 2005, 11:08 AM
Post #5 of 12 (2003 views)
Shortcut
Re: [Zootographer] Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's [In reply to] Can't Post

In reply to:
Wouldn't be surprised. He had been busted and was doing penance for smuggling some good Lebanese black in from Amsterdam when I met him (or so the story goes). Still a good leader. I liked the dude. One of the better jumpers in our group. Heard he went to Casa Grande afterwards.....

Lebanese would be blonde.

Black plate from Pakistan or Afghanistan. Temple balls or fingers from Nepal.

Red from India or Arabia.

Green (Kief) from Morocco.

At least that's the way the High Times Market Report would have it.


Blue skies red eyes,

Winsor


Zootographer  (D 10868)

Aug 3, 2005, 7:43 PM
Post #6 of 12 (1984 views)
Shortcut
Re: [winsor] Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's [In reply to] Can't Post

Winsor, you could very well be right. It was 30 years ago and we didn't exactly stand around and admire the appearance of the stuff....Cool


Juicer  (C License)

Dec 12, 2007, 9:15 AM
Post #7 of 12 (1806 views)
Shortcut
Re: [Zootographer] Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's [In reply to] Can't Post

Yep, Iverson was at Casa Grande in 1974-1975. He left to go to the Maharishi University in Iowa to become a Transcendental Meditation guru or something. He was a great instructor, and lots of fun to be around. I stayed in touch with him for awhile, but lost touch after about '77. Would be great to find him again, but I wonder if he's even going by that name anymore. Smile

Jimmy Juicer


GPuff

Apr 10, 2012, 10:34 AM
Post #8 of 12 (1339 views)
Shortcut
Re: [Zootographer] Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's [In reply to] Can't Post

And I would be CPT Puffer, and Steve Maikoski and Ivan Beach (also an Aerobat) just got together online after 40 years. Bob Iverson was one of my favorite people on Earth. Don't think that he and the 70's Army made a good fit, but I would've buddied with him in a tight spot any day!


StevenSki  (C 7215)

Apr 10, 2012, 5:37 PM
Post #9 of 12 (1315 views)
Shortcut
Re: [Zootographer] Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's [In reply to] Can't Post

Steve here. Bob Iverson kind of disappeared. Bruce McDaniels succumbed to cancer shortly after 9/11/11. Ivan Beach and GlenPuff are now keyed in on this forum.

I jumped for a couple of years at the Death Zone in Casa Grande before hanging up the ParaPlane. I may make a jump this summer to join the over-60's.

Hope this gets to others.


johnc92672

Sep 10, 2014, 10:00 PM
Post #10 of 12 (507 views)
Shortcut
Re: [Zootographer] Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's [In reply to] Can't Post

Wow, I made my first jump at Conn Barracks in 1968, got my B 7395 in 1969, made the Aerobats team also in 1969. I was there until June of 1970 and then ETS. The only name I recognize in the posts are Robert Louke. Does anyone remember: The club founder Chuck Newman, John Collings, Larry Loutowski, Norman Miller. Ron Workman Dan Williams, Chuck Shelton, Bob Kern, Paul Limeiux, Jim Brown and his wife and Jerry Laney (D1110). We all jumped a L-20 Beaver during that time frame. Also a german named Petrowski. This list is almost a who's who from 1968 to mid 1970.


Spooky52  (D 4501)

Sep 14, 2014, 7:41 PM
Post #11 of 12 (410 views)
Shortcut
Re: [StevenSki] Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, you're going to have to go a bit to catch up to me, Steve. I just made my first jump in 32 years, at the age of 71, at Elsinore on Saturday. Hated like hell to have to do an AFF with two instructors but I'll live with it. It was great to get back into the air. I missed the handle and before I could give it another try the main side instructor had it out. The harness fit left a little to be desired. After opening the chest strap tried to take my head off and stayed up under my chin the whole way down. Misjudged the landing a bit. Started the flare at about 30 feet instead of the 10-12 they say and managed to somehow slam my big toe on my right foot. It was black by the time I got home and I'll probably lose the nail but who cares? Get out there and do it. The fun is still there.
Jim Chandler D-4501


Krip  (Student)

Sep 16, 2014, 12:05 AM
Post #12 of 12 (351 views)
Shortcut
Re: [Zootographer] Aerobats - 3rd ID SPC, early '70's [In reply to] Can't Post

Zootographer wrote:
Aerobats - Third Inf Div Sport Parachute Club, early 70's. Anyone remember? Names coming to mind are 1LT Bob ("Bing Bing") Iverson (fearless leader), Steve Maikowski, CPT Glen Puffer (our first paraplane pilot), ASO Bruce McDaniels, 2LT Mike Burt, SP5 Ken Larcher, 1LT John True (parasled pilot), SFC Lester Pelfrey, Dale Lyons, Nicki Mainero, Bob Linke. Civilian Tom Shafer. Jumped 421st Medevac Hueys at Conn Barracks (Schweinfurt) and with the Germans at Hassfurt out of a Dornier. Anybody out there?

We're you getting reliable support from the huey outfit?.

When jumping with the Germans was that at their DZ.?

We had the privilege of jumping with some of the clubs at Bragg one weekend in the late 60s. Their acft support was rock solidSmile

We belonged to the Ft Lewis Sport Parachute Club as a DOD civi.
Their was some kind of a problem with the commitment of the aviation unit providing acft support for a weekend club.

Rumor was the aviation commander preferred to give his people the opportunity to spend their weekends home with their families.

Still got 75 jumps out of Hueys, Blackhawks and the Hooks In 2 yrs. The price was right the civi dz was located outside the back gate. Life was good.

Met lots of great people jumping with military clubs. SmileSmile



Forums : Skydiving : Skydiving History & Trivia

 


Search for (options)