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airtwardo  (D License)

Aug 28, 2003, 9:05 AM
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Since demos may soon become a thing of the past...

UnimpressedUnimpressed

"History" if you will...Unsure

I thought I would post a few recent PICS from
The Dayton AirShow we did last month.
Cool

The show celebrated 100 years of powered flight.

One of the best programs I've ever had the honor of being a part of!
Smile
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tonybrogdon  (D 12855)

Aug 28, 2003, 10:21 AM
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Nice pictures Jim.


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Aug 28, 2003, 11:33 AM
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Absolutly wonderful way to start the show off every day.


Premier wmw999  (D 6296)

Aug 28, 2003, 7:01 PM
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Here's to hoping for lots and lots of repeats. Those are great pics.

Wendy W.


RonD1120  (D 1120)

Aug 29, 2003, 12:14 PM
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Brought back good memories Twardo. Thanks. I miss that POW-MIA flag.


airtwardo  (D License)

Aug 29, 2003, 1:18 PM
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Brought back good memories Twardo. Thanks. I miss that POW-MIA flag.

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That's your old 190 I'm spinnin' is a couple of those!

CoolCoolCool


steve1  (D 23640)

Aug 29, 2003, 1:34 PM
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Great pictures! I've never seen the smoke like that. I don't get out much....It looks like there's three of them on a line below you. Could you explain this a little? It really has a neat affect......Steve1


YahooLV  (D License)

Aug 29, 2003, 9:40 PM
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It's called a "candy cane", and it's a lot of fun to fly!

Made one for myself as a 21st Century Skydive team member.


airtwardo  (D License)

Aug 30, 2003, 7:43 PM
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In reply to:

It's called a "candy cane", and it's a lot of fun to fly!

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YES IT IS!!! Cool

..And how did it get THAT name???

(Thought you'd NEVER ask!) Wink


Here's a little 'History and Trivia' for ya.

Going back 25 years...

I was lucky enough to get tied into a bunch of real hard core style and accuracy guys
that also did a LOT of demo's back in the Midwest.

An 'interesting' group to say the least, thinking back...
Our exploits would make for another dozen or so posts in the 'Scary Stories' thread.

Mostly older guys, ( I was 19-20 ) with jobs and families...
They liked my 'can-do' attitude toward jumping demos.

I was a little...less structured ... shall we say,
than I am now,
and I did a lot of things that the guys with kids to feed
weren't as aggressively attempting.

In addition to jumping demos then,
that I wouldn't even WATCH someone attempt now..

I also got to be the test jumper for all the
'Basement Built Bullshit'
that anyone came up with....
(another dozen scary posts!)

I was all the way across the country
when I got the call to go do a big airshow demo...

The next weekend
I show up at the appointed time and place...

But the 'guys' were less than enthusiastic
about my latest 'image'

Some didn't like the Chopper..
Most hated the earring...

They ALL thought the Ponytail should go!

(Not to mention the...
"Here's 20 bucks, buy some new jeans...
and burn those!)

We WERE breaking into the big leagues...
forming what was to become-

The Liberty Parachute Team

So...I went along with some of the
'Look Professional' stuff,
but Damn...
ya know how long it take to grow this hair!!!

Anyway...we are done with the first 3 days
of a 4 day show...

Doing, RW...CRW..Flags...typical stuff.

Planning the act for the next day...
we're sitting at the bar, brainstorming.

When the weirdest of the 'basement riggers'
comes back from his car and hands me a huge,
beat-up old bellywart.

"Tomorrow...YOU'RE jumpin' THIS! Shocked

........AND GET A HAIRCUT!!!" Frown



In it are like 12 smoke bombs...
a rats nest of wire cable..velcro, clips, hooks....
Looked like a kids takle box!

I played with it for much of the night,
kinda got the idea of what he was going for with all of it.

Next day we're geared up and ready to go...

On jump run, I'm closest to the door for a change...
with the 12 smokes on my chest,
and 4 more..2 on each foot...

They wanted to be sure they could kick me out fast
should I start to smolder in the airplane!

Turning for jump run, I feel a tug on my helmet...
Looking back at 1/2 a dozen grinning faces...

It took a second to focus on the guy
holding up both his hook knife........

And my fucking PONYTAIL!!!

They had timed it perfectly...
we were right over the "Spot"
all I could do was yell "ASSHOLES" as I rolled out the door.

It wasn't easy...

but I finally get this 'Towering Inferno" lit.
And spiral down 3000 feet.. to the L.Z.

directly in front of all the event big wigs
at "Air Show Center"

The crowd is going nuts!...

The rest of the team...Flags, banners, CRW guys.
are a minute or so behind me,
not spinning, as I had.

Just enough time to shed my rig, boot brackets, and boots...
(Figured I could fight better without those big French
'Para-Boots' on!)

I'm standing by my pile of gear at Air Show center,
as the guys all come gathering around
carrying their stuff...

...They're all talking at once...

"Man, Twardo...THAT looked great!"

"Better than I'd EVER imagined!"

"Didn't think you'd get'em ALL burning..."

I'm just seething...
but I AM, getting the 'hero' treatment! Angelic
(ahhhh...gosh...I guess it did look kinda cool)

The biggest of the event bigwigs
runs over to us...


"That smoke thing!
That was GREAT!!

Whatever it was...
you guys are coming back NEXT year
and doing THAT again!!"

Next year??
...We all look at each other and start to smile.....Smile

"HELL YES" Mr.Big yells,
"We want to see THAT again....What do ya call it???"


The then team leader...

...sporting his "shit for supper" grin,
proudly holds up the trophy that was minutes before
....attached to my head.


We call it the BARBER POLL !!!!



GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!
The HELL we do, I growled...

I'm the only one nuts enough
to JUMP this death trap....

...and "I" call it...

THE CANDY CANE !!! Sly




To the best of my knowledge...
(and I HAVE checked)

That was the first time a "Candycane" was ever showcased...
(Forget it!..already bought THAT beer, 25 plus years ago!)
Wink

Since then a Candy Cane has always been part of our show...

Went to 6 bombs pretty quick because it's faster to lite and spins better...

Now using 3 most of the time, as lots of shows
won't pay 300.00 for smoke per cane.

And...If memory serves,

I got a freaking' Head Cold riding the Harley back to the West Coast! MadMadMad
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YahooLV  (D License)

Aug 30, 2003, 9:41 PM
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Thanks for the history lesson. For every defeat (pony tail), there is a success- home built "stuff" that works!

Enjoyed the story, put a smile on my face. I haven't been able to jump 6 yet. (Too damn expensive), but I did built it so I can double up on 3 for a fuller smoke layout....looks pretty good. I have never seen it as I"m spiraling down and have to concentrate on other things. If and when I get some pics, I'll send some out.


freeflygoddess  (B 26155)

Aug 30, 2003, 10:12 PM
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Who was the rigger who made it? Just curious is all.


airtwardo  (D License)

Aug 31, 2003, 7:16 PM
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In reply to:
(Too damn expensive),

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The smoke cost a bunch...

But it could be worse!!

Check these out. Smile
Better to burn out than to fade away....Wink
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YahooLV  (D License)

Aug 31, 2003, 8:33 PM
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haven't had that pleasure either.......yet!



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