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Skydive Perris 40th Anniversary Celebration rocked.

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This weekend was the Skydive Perris 40th anniversary of the Conatser family's ownership. The DZ was packed all weekend. DC-3 loads, Beech 18 loads, Otters, Skyvans and vintage aircraft rides. The parties were outstanding and the legends of our sport were out in force. It was great watching newer jumpers fly in the 3.

I spent time with Pat Works, Al Krueger and Jerry Swovelin and many others, listening to how they saved the DZ from lawyers way back in the day, and other great stories of old. Bennie Conatser told the story of how it all began. It was a "Who's Who" of legendary jumpers in attendance and the DZ provided free booze and great food to hundreds of jumpers.

It was pretty awesome for all of us old farts to get together and make some leaps and tell No Shit stories. My side still hurts from laughing.

A T-6 had a minor crash on Saturday when it encountered a dust devil on landing. That was crazy to watch, but the pilot pulled it off and ended up nosing it over. Old time jumper Dave Dolak was on board for the ride. I think he is still cleaning his shorts!

There is a rumor that the jet could be back in action by next year's Nationals.

Thanks Ben, Diane, Pat and Melanie for an incredible weekend!

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Rockin' doesn't even begin to describe it.

I met four friends from the mid 70's from New Jersey that I lost touch with years ago.

Gawd, what a great weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j14sOI3SG14
“The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec quotes (Polish writer, poet and satirist 1906-1966)

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>A T-6 had a minor crash on Saturday when it encountered a dust devil on landing.

I took Liam up to Perris (he's 4 now) to watch the old planes flying. He's not much for loud noises, so I waited for the T-6 to land (quieter) and we went up to the fence to watch the landing. He hit the dust devil about 20 feet from us, then crashed about 300 feet away.

Figures that the first time I try to get him closer to watch the airplanes . . . .

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