Forums: Skydiving: Skydiving History & Trivia:
Michael and Charmian Larson

 


peek  (D 8884)

Jul 30, 2012, 4:45 AM
Post #1 of 4 (633 views)
Shortcut
Michael and Charmian Larson Can't Post

Just in case any of you know them, I saw Michael and Charmian Larson at Summerfest this weekend, on their way back from Oshkosh. They are from way back in the Casa Grande era, but they stopped jumping a long ago, and are now flying their Cessna 195 all around the country.

http://www.cessna195family.com


skr  (D 981)

Jul 31, 2012, 2:39 PM
Post #2 of 4 (548 views)
Shortcut
Re: [peek] Michael and Charmian Larson [In reply to] Can't Post

> They are from way back in the Casa Grande era

Way back?

Whaddya mean *way back*?!

It seems like just day before yesterday.

I ran into Bob Schaeffer in Oklahoma in 1980
when I was helping Hillsy at Skydance, but I
haven't seen Mike in a long time.

Those guys really knew how to run a drop zone.

Thanks, Gary. It's good to know Mike is still
active and flying.

Skr


patworks  (D 1813)

Aug 16, 2012, 12:54 AM
Post #3 of 4 (456 views)
Shortcut
Re: [peek] Michael and Charmian Larson [In reply to] Can't Post

Yep. Mike and Schafer ran a Gulch outfit with the logo, "We Fly; you die" .... After interesting times, Capt. Larson retired from NW Air and got hisself a cherry C-195, polished out bright with red cowl and accents. They camp under its wing sometimes. Epoch making jumps over Cassa Gulch included Monty & Link's 2-way crater (only 4' apart at impact) and the early sequential formation jumps that were born as 'WINGS' ... later the USFET and 8-way. SKR was a flyer there and everywhere a sky dance might lurk. SKR is the most significant figure in the history of skydiving. Was & Is. The Gulch's 'LodeStall' was more exciting than most aircraft care to be. Gulch parties still hurt my head. Now daze, the Larsons live out a life Richard Bach would fly for. Me too (195 is a tail-dragger)


pchapman  (D 1014)

Aug 20, 2012, 5:01 PM
Post #4 of 4 (397 views)
Shortcut
Re: [patworks] Michael and Charmian Larson [In reply to] Can't Post

In reply to:
included Monty & Link's 2-way crater (only 4' apart at impact)

Did they at least dock or get some points turned first? Wouldn't want it to be a totally wasted jump...
BSBD



Forums : Skydiving : Skydiving History & Trivia

 


Search for (options)