The first I jumped was an unmodified t-10 in the army. When I started sport jumping I had a 28 ft. (7 T-U). The first rig I owned was a solid red, Mark 1 Para-commander. I also bought a new Navy Blue Super-Pro harness and container. My reserve was Pioneer chest mount with a 24 ft. inside. I wish I still had that rig. Steve1
Mine was a ragged out Fury 220, d.o.m around 1986 (same as my first container, an SST Racer - y'know, with the exposed risers over the shoulders). I bought it used in 1990 and put a little over 200 jumps on it. Was great for doing casual CRW at the bottom of RW jumps
> The first one I owned was a Starlite, in a Starlite piggyback. > I put about 400 jumps on it, and really loved it.
Now *that* is hard core :-) :-)
I had my first malfunction on a Starlite. Well, actually, I had had a few reserves out from screwing around in my younger days, but that Starlite was the first one that didn't open when I meant for it to.
1975, jump #1701, the last jump of the nationals, there I wuz ...
We, the Exhibition Team, were demo-ing this new sequential stuff at the style & accuracy & speed star nationals. The meet was over, the winner, Captain Hook had just organized a beautiful 32(?) way star.
We were next, how were we going to top that? We settled on a 25 way diamond, which had never been done before.
In order to be sure that everybody got a good look we built it right over the crowd and held it to 3,000 ft.
I loved tracking over a crowd, especially with a piggyback and wearing smoke, so in the heat of the moment I may have been a little low.
WHACK ! The legendary Starlite opening, except that the stabilizers on one side were all tangled with the steering lines.
Possibly due to the over boogie factor that week I hadn't had much sleep, so I decided to do the classic screw around with it, lose track of altitude and get myself into really deep shit maneuver.
I was really into it when I heard this distant voice saying "Cutawaaaay!". Somebody up above had been watching the show.
I woke up - Oh, yeah, right - glance down - I can do it - ching, ching, shot and a halfs - falling away with one leg stuck out about 15 or 20 feet trying to keep that smoke bracket away from my reserve and
Poof! Beautiful 26 foot lopo conical.
I had no trouble with lack of sleep after that, I was wide awake for 2 or 3 hours.
T -10,,,for my first 3 jumps,,, then a red and black and white 28" lopo. for about 15 more First main I ever owned was a Green and black and white French Papillon.......in a stylemaster rig,,,chest mount reserve.... shot some good downwind accuracy with that papillon..... Started jumping a para plane cloud,,, full time,,,, only after I had over 1,000 jumps on a round main.....
Mine was an Airforce B-11 28' flat circular with a 7 gore TU and a sleeve pulled by 2 pilot chutes to prevent "burble". Moved on to a modified T-10 because the landings were too hard (I weighed around 225 at the time) My reserve was also a 28' flat circular with a single T.