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Douggarr  (D 2791)

May 5, 2011, 1:21 PM
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I just saw a post from The Ranch that mentioned the passing of Ray Finneran, on April 29th. Anyone who has ever been in a jump plane and heard the war cry, "Sha-Wan-Ga, Fly Baby Fly," should appreciate that Ray originated the chant. I jumped with him a lot in the old days -- at Sha-Wan-Ga -- and at Stormville and The Ranch. He was one of the greats in the sport. He once told all his relatives not to have any celebrations on the weekends -- no communions, birthday parties, weddings, etc. -- because he wouldn't be there. RIP, Ray, and condolences to his family.


Bolas  (D License)

May 5, 2011, 2:38 PM
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Anyone who has ever been in a jump plane and heard the war cry, "Sha-Wan-Ga, Fly Baby Fly," should appreciate that Ray originated the chant. I jumped with him a lot in the old days -- at Sha-Wan-Ga -- and at Stormville and The Ranch.

You forgot the goat noise, or was that not part of the original chant? Wink

Does anyone know the story of how that started? If so, this would be a perfect place to share it. Smile

Blue Skies forever...


Skyu4ia  (D 18163)

May 5, 2011, 2:46 PM
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Believe it was related to a plane failing to take off. Fly baby fly! RIP Ray. A true piece of work.
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kimemerson  (D 13439)

May 5, 2011, 6:01 PM
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You forgot the goat noise, or was that not part of the original chant? Wink

You mean the sheep?
Never part of the original, completely separate, and nothing to do with Ray.

He'll be missed, that's for sure.


tbrown  (D 6533)

May 6, 2011, 2:07 PM
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Met Ray once, at the 1977 Z-Hills Easter Boogie.
We were a bunch of newbies and we flailed miserably on the one jump Ray made with us. But he was all smiles about it. A truly nice guy, I'm sorry to hear of yet another good one gone.


skr  (D 981)

May 8, 2011, 11:13 AM
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Ray was the first guy to sign up for the "tour group"
going from Los Angeles to New Zealand for the first
world 10-man meet in 1970.

Clarice knew a jumper at Elsinore whose mother
organized tour groups so he became the tour group
leader and we spread the word. I can't think how
we did that now since there was no internet yet.

Every country who had made a 10-man was invited
to send a team. That was Australia, New Zealand,
Canada, the U.S. and England.

Ray was a really colorful and interesting guy.

We crossed paths many times at various boogies
and other shindigs over the years.

I bet the Great Party in the Sky up yonder just
got a lot more interesting :-) :-)

Skr


howardwhite  (C 3896)

May 8, 2011, 5:01 PM
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Shawanga was the name of a DZ not so far from the Ranch where the runway went distinctly downhill, so you lost sight of the plane as it was taking off. That's probably where the chant came from..

HW


Pat_Rogers  (D 2488)

Nov 10, 2011, 6:07 AM
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We are diminished...

I jumped with Ray at Sha Wan Ga in the 60's and 70's, and later at Stormville and Gardiner.

He was unique in many ways.

Eat, fuck, skydive


(This post was edited by Pat_Rogers on Nov 10, 2011, 8:12 AM)


flipper3  (D 3115)

Dec 1, 2011, 12:44 PM
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Just saw this, and it kindled a lot of old memories of jumps I made with him in the 70's when I lived in Rhode Island
before I moved to Hawaii. I think he made it out here in the late 70's or early 80's to one of our boogies because he
got the Sha-Wan-Ga going here for a bit. He was a character and spiced up any party back in the day.

Fly on Ray!


skyplay2xs  (D 5251)

Sep 25, 2012, 6:52 AM
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I was looking around, trying to find out where Ray was these days, when I came across this thread. So sorry to hear it - he was definitely one of the good guys.

We got our WSCR together at Turkey Meet in '75. I first met him when I was jumping at ShaWanGa in the fall of '74. Two 182's...Curt and Rudy, I believe, were the pilots of that downhill-takeoff dropzone Tongue

In fact, that winter and that drop zone is why I moved and have always lived in the southern latitudes of the US since then!!

RIP, Ray...fly free!!

Dana (Morrison then) Handbury



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