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howardwhite  (C 3896)

Sep 3, 2007, 4:13 AM
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This is from Ripcord, the 82nd Airborne newsletter. Undated, but I think it's mid-'58.

HW
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highspeeddirt

Sep 3, 2007, 12:03 PM
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gotta save up my lunch money and git me one


darkwing  (D 4164)

Sep 3, 2007, 5:20 PM
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Dang, they would only let me jump a Double-L when I started.


Spiker  (C License)

Sep 4, 2007, 7:44 AM
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Damn what will they think up next? Maybe T or double Blank.


councilman24  (D 8631)

Sep 5, 2007, 6:25 PM
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Prior use of "Skyhook". Wonder if it was trademarked.WinkCool

14 mph????!!! With how many tons?


377  (F 666)

Sep 5, 2007, 11:20 PM
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I NEVER got a standup on over 100 cheapo (surplus round) jumps. Maybe it was because my C9 canopy was third hand, porous, and cost $25. Thanks God for ram airs. The only thing I miss about the rounds is the beauty of the sun illuminating the single surface canopy like a stained glass window, and the peaceful quiet descent. Sure don't miss those bone crunching landings. The good old days were not really so good from the gear standpoint.


RogerRamjet  (D License)

Sep 6, 2007, 7:05 AM
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Hmmm, how much did you guys weigh when you were jumping cheapos? I weighed 135lbs and stood up my C9 every time. The only thing that changed when I got my Strato-Star was that I didn't have to use both feet for my standups anymore Cool

Now I weigh 185lbs and think a C9 landing might not result in a stand up, or if I tried to stand it up, might not be standing up for a good while afterwards Wink

I had a pull down centerline in mine which seemed to help some with both drive (and I use the term loosely) and decent rate.

The one time I had to use my 26' Navy Conical reserve, I stood that up too.


jonstark  (D 8298)

Sep 6, 2007, 9:18 AM
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Roger,

We were God's own drunks and fearless men. Our legs were made of spring steel and a cat couldn't scratch one of our hard-ons. Life's changed (except for that cat thing).
No more rounds for me even tho I weigh the same as then.

jon


377  (F 666)

Sep 6, 2007, 2:50 PM
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I had a reserve ride on my Navy 26 ft conical too and did stand it up, landed on the peas too, both quite unusual for me back in the day.


steve1  (D 23640)

Sep 7, 2007, 7:10 AM
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I even stood up my 24 ft. reserve, once, back in the day. I was about 140 lbs. back then. I sure couldn't do that now. (Now that I'm old and fat)

I did stand up a para-commander a couple years back at a boogie though. I figured I had to show all the young "Whipper Snappers" how it was done, even if I broke both legs doing it.

Some of us are even having trouble with that cat thing, now. Not me, of course.....Steve1


docjohn  (D 13182)

Sep 13, 2007, 7:00 PM
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The first canopy I bought was a C-9 with a 7-TU mod which was considered HOT. At 160 pounds, I could stand it up, but it was painful.


Marisan  (E 123)

Jan 2, 2008, 1:28 PM
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In reply to:
The first canopy I bought was a C-9 with a 7-TU mod which was considered HOT. At 160 pounds, I could stand it up, but it was painful.

Try a 28' C9 9TU with Derry Slots but we were mad then!


WGore  (D 3379)

Jan 2, 2008, 4:02 PM
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My first rig I took my Christmas bonus and bought a 3rd hand candy stripe W-Gore (hence the handle) and 24ft twill reserve for $65. Had one ride on that twill, no stand up. Did several rides on a 26' Navy and stood it up every time. That was a good reserve. The only thing that W-Gore did well was go down fast. Lots of big holes and plenty of porosity. Makes me flinch just thinking about those landings.



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