Hey, that's me! It was 1973, in Star, Idaho. That watermelon wanted to fall way faster than us. I'd recommend a smaller melon if you try it. We were in a very clear area, so no threat to people/property. Photo by Crazy Ed Pancoast (May he rest in peace).
I note that you, 460, are a physicist too, like me.
I reckon that for 120mph you need about 6" diameter. Maybe a canteloupe would be better.
Just his jumpsuit. Probably a white block on the knee for contrast. You'll notice that there's also a contrasting knee on the white leg; it's just dark. The white strips running under the boots are just elastics to hold the bottoms down.
Yep, notice the French para-boots on the holder, too. Looks like at least Darkwing's got a belly-wart. We could put a thought balloon over the holder's head: "Oh, shit, I forgot to hook up my reserve."
I am holding the melon. We were trying to pass it, but it was too fast for us. I am wearing French paraboots, which many of us old guys wish were still available. I am also wearing a piggyback rig. It was my first jump on a Paracommander, but not my first on a piggyback.
Pete Hill, still a skydiver of some notoriety in the northwest (and elsewhere) is closest to me. He is wearing a conventional rig, but then he was always slow to catch on to innovation.
The photo (and others) are availabile from my ego stroking, self-serving, skydiving history page I put together one day when I decided to look through all of my log books.
The photo (and others) are availabile from my ego stroking, self-serving, skydiving history page I put together one day when I decided to look through all of my log books. There's nothing wrong with a little ego stroking. I figure that, how in the hell will anyone find out how famous I really am, unless I tell them...
Thanks for the photos....They bring back a ton of memories.
I need to get to know Pete Hill better. I heard that he can tell the best Wally Benton stories....Steve1
I heared someone talk at our dz that some guy once threw a chicken out of the plane, and it survived! I heared someone talk at our dz that some guy once threw a chicken out of the plane, and it survived!
(warning: American old TV reference here).
But Arthur Carlson of WKRP of Cincinnati said, "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."
“It's a helicopter, and it's coming this way. It's flying something behind it, I can't quite make it out, it's a large banner and it says, uh - Happy... Thaaaaanksss... giving! ... From ... W ... K ... R... P!! No parachutes yet. Can't be skydivers... I can't tell just yet what they are, but - Oh my God, Johnny, they're turkeys!! Johnny, can you get this? Oh, they're plunging to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! Oh, the humanity! The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! Not since the Hindenberg tragedy has there been anything like this!”