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Feb. 1934 Popular Mechanics article

 


skypuppy  (D 347)

Jan 14, 2003, 4:54 PM
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Does anyone have access to a copy of the Feb. 1934 issue of Popular Mechanics? It contains an article by Floyd Smith on the state of the art skills of freefall control used by early jumper Spud Manning... This predates the time when Leo Valentin 'rediscovered' the secrets of stable freefall in the 1950's...

Skypuppy


skr  (D 981)

Jan 14, 2003, 8:43 PM
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I've never seen one but it would be great to make
a copy and put it up on a web site somewhere like
maybe right here.

I got the idea somewhere that Spud Manning knew
how to fall in a gentle delta / swan dive sort of position,
but world war two came and people forgot about it.

Jack Pryor, the guy who taught me, started in 1953
and told me that he learned of the idea of stable fall
when he ran into someone somewhere in 1957.

Skr


skypuppy  (D 347)

Jan 15, 2003, 4:31 AM
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According to Peter Hearn's book 'The Sky People', Manning was adept at basic stability, controlled turns, backloops, head down dives and a delta or tracking glide...

"While coming out of a head-first dive the high velocity causes a considerable horizontal movement, the body acting as a gliding plane against the air. Manning often thus executed a spiral glide coming out of his high-speed head-first position." wrote Floyd Smith...

Like other parachuting 'performers' Manning didn't want to make his techniques public. He was killed in a plane crash into Lake Michigan (he was also an airshow pilot) before the article came out in 1933.


dterrick  (B 5079)

Jan 19, 2003, 6:42 PM
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Maybe. I DO have a 1937 popular science about the first "high altitude" jumps but I left it at my parents place. The cover is a dude jumping from what looks similar to an Apollo capsule (bomb bay style doors on the bottom). I didn't read the article but I will retrieve it tomorrow and scan it. I may even be able to find the pop sci article in question.

Where can I post "big" files (1200 dpi colour scan)?
FTP skydivingmovies?

Dave


poppenhager  (D 47)

Aug 17, 2003, 9:24 AM
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Spud Mannings son Dennie Manning was in the first PCA (USPA) Instructor/Examiner course in Phoenix,Ar.2/1962.
D-47


howardwhite  (C 3896)

Aug 17, 2003, 10:54 AM
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For those who did not notice or recognize the name, this post is from the legendary Paul Poppenhager, who ran the legendary DZ at Indiantown, FL for years.

HW


SkydiverRick  (D 13360)

Aug 17, 2003, 1:42 PM
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In reply to:
For those who did not notice or recognize the name, this post is from the legendary Paul Poppenhager, who ran the legendary DZ at Indiantown, FL for years.

HW
The best dz I ever jumped at.


billbooth  (D 3546)

Aug 20, 2003, 2:15 PM
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Hi Pop!


narcimund  (C License)

Aug 22, 2003, 10:40 AM
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In reply to:
Does anyone have access to a copy of the Feb. 1934 issue of Popular Mechanics?

I just bought a copy on Ebay. If you still need it, I can copy it for you when it arrives.


skypuppy  (D 347)

Aug 22, 2003, 10:01 PM
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It would be excellent if you could get me a copy... Thanks.

Rob Price
BASE 92


narcimund  (C License)

Aug 25, 2003, 1:50 PM
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Damnit! I was only a couple of hours from auction close when I posted this. I shouldn't have jumped the gun, but I had to leave for a 9 hour drive to Twin Falls. I was outbid about 120 miles from my computer.

But I'm still looking.



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