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Loonix

Nov 24, 2005, 9:45 AM
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Could someone recommend a good book on skydiving history? Trying to figure out what I want for christmas, but its all too expensive.. so I figured out a book could be nice. :)


JohnRich  (D License)

Nov 24, 2005, 2:33 PM
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"Skydiving" by Bud Sellick
"Sport Parachuting" by Charles Ryan
"The Silken Angels" by Martin Caidin
"Sky High Irvin" by Peter Hearn

Probably all out of print, but maybe available used on Amazon.com.


jumpergirl  (D 22691)

Nov 24, 2005, 5:23 PM
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"Skydivers Flying With Their Pants On Fire" by Tom Craighead is a good one.


jimjumper  (D 11137)

Nov 25, 2005, 2:18 PM
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"The Wild, Wonderful World of Parachutes and Parachuting". If nothing else the pictures are worth it. It has stills of a guy with a main /reserve entanglement being caught in a packing mat. It also has pictures of Kittinger's jump. It also has a picture of a main entangled with the tail and airplane and jumper landing under the jumpers reserve. It has lots of that sort of things. It is out of print but Amazon got me a copy.


riggerrob  (D 14840)

Nov 26, 2005, 7:35 AM
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"Birdman" by Leo Valentine circa 1949.

Available in (original) French and English translation.


skypuppy  (D 347)

Nov 28, 2005, 6:34 AM
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Endless Fall

by Mike Swain....

order at www.endlessfall.net


377  (F 666)

Nov 28, 2005, 8:07 PM
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Endless Fall is my choice. Very entertaining and also informative about skydiving's early days. I have lots of skydiving books but Mike Swain's book is probably my favorite.


ripcord4  (D 2238)

Dec 29, 2005, 7:59 PM
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The Falcon's Disciples...Howard Gregory
The Parachute From Balloons to Skydiving...James R. Greenwood
Parachuting for Sport.... Jim Greenwood


Zoso  (D 32786)

Jan 1, 2006, 6:26 PM
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It's obviously past Christmas but oh well...


Bird Man by Leo Valentin - Must read for history buffs

The Yorkshire Birdman by Harry Ward with Peter Hearn - Outstanding, my favorite so far

Sky High Irvin by Peter Hearn - Must read for history buffs

The Long, Lonely Leap by Kittinger and Caidin - haven't yet read, had to pay a fortune for it on ebay

Any birdman historian will want to read Bird Man and The Yorkshire Birdman one after the other.



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