May 16, 2007, 8:04 AM
Post #1 of 32
Jumping the Fairchild
More old photos from "Parachuting's Unforgettable Jumps III." This is the famous shot by Luis Melendez Jr. of 10 jumpers hanging all over a 1929 Fairchild.
These are not very good scans; the color original was printed as a cover on Sky Diver. I don't have it, and will try to remember to scan it next time I'm at USPA. It was taken with a 4x5 Speed Graphic (see my Camera People post for a picture of Luis with that camera.)
The plane is still registered, now to a private owner in Snohomish, WA. It's powered by a P&W R-1340.
That bird is owned by Jack Ady of the Seattle Skydivers and '65 US National Champ. I was talking to him last summer and he said she is just sitting (and has been for a loonngg time) at the Snohomish airport. She needs new covering and he said that the aircraft is not worth the cost of recovering her. So she just sits.
Too bad because she was a unique jump ship.
Skratch, wasn't Sunny Yates the guy who went blind and continued to jump for some time?
David, Did you ever get to jump the DGA-15 Howard that Greene County, Xenia had with the 650HP P&W? That was one fast climbing bird. It would compare with any turbine to 12000ft. Pretty crowded though. I think they were putting 8 in it. I only got to jump it a couple times before they crashed it. Last time was Christmas day 66 and it was -31 @ 16500 and no door. There were several early stage frost bite cases out of that. I was home on leave and really wanted a jump. That was the last time I did that during the winter.
I recall another old picture of jumpers hanging all over a twin beech (at least I think it was a beech). One of my old friends, (Hod Sanders), is holding up a beer. Do you recall seeing that one? I think it was taken in California, in the late 70's....Steve1
The Arizona Hang Load with Hod holding the can of Coors was shot over the Ghoulidge drop zone in the late 70s by photog Tony Gonzales ... Carl boenish later shot film of it for his movie "Skydive." I think the Ghoulidge load was the first of a series of Twin beech hang loads that followed.
Hello to all the skydivers from oceanside before i tell you who i am. thank you for some of the funnest years of my life. and my fondest memories. your kindness when i broke my arm. and your tolarance when i got in the way. I am Jack Zahniser jr the son of the fairchild pilot. dad passed away in 1999. i still live in oceanside and work as a aircraft mechanic. the pix look so good. regards Jack Zahniser
That was a great jump platform. I remember jumping out of it for a film Carl was working on. We would jump it and view Carl's film of our jumps two times the next week. One night at the Garth and Jay's Gypsy Moths bar and then two day later at Frank Carpenters' Hermosa Beach Rumbleseat bar. Like the the old Stenson that Lyle had, it was slow to climb, but great fun to jump out of.
Mar 26, 2010, 3:36 PM
Post #25 of 32
Re: [JerryBaumchen] Jumping the Fairchild
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Yes, Lyle Cameron had it up at Taft for a short time. Late one night Lyle, Don Bucktel and I took it from Taft down to So. Cal. Going over Hollywood Blvd we were only a few hundred feet above the buildings. Don got out on the step (without a rig on) and because it only went about 45 mph Don was pulling us out of the sky. We got Don back in and we went down to land at the Palamar to refuel. We didn't have a radio so the guy that fueled us up had to give us a green light from the tower. As soon as Lyle got us up he headed for the tower. I looked out of the door just in time to see that green light fly into the air as we went over the tower. On a high wind day you could get that thing to stand in place over the runway. What a grea jumping platform it was.