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Leon Riche, Jr.

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If you've ever been curious if he's still kicking, it appears he is. For those that don't know, Leon owned Southern Parachute Center in Louisiana in the 60's and 70's. Definitely a pioneer. Location unknown, but he put up a Facebook page sometime in the last year:

https://www.facebook.com/leon.tribeofriche

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Me, Sam Marshall, Dale Thurber and Mike Lee went to his drop zone after the nationals I think in '73.  I remember he was flying us up to altitude and his runway had a creek running thru it and he had to get going fast enough to bounce over it on take off and not only that the runway was short and he would barely clear the trees at the end.  I had a reserve opening there and was more worried about the alligators than anything else.

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Here it is a few years later... ....  The old "Hammond Airport"  Admin. bldg. our office is now the CAP bldg.  the Airport now after "KATRINA" has Grown... FBO's, the "Border Patrol and Homeland Security!!" and a "TOWER!!!!!"  (Manned by the US ARMY located on Field!!.....)  ....  Sometimes at sunset ... on  calm evening.... ovr the wisp of the wind you can hear the sound of a Cessna 172 at 7500 feet cut it's engine then the sound of skydivers in freefall and the opening of their chute withe tem hootin' and hollerin'!!!  The Spirit lives.......   skybill

 

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