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Short Dust Devil Video

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Do you really want to land near one of these things? I generally stop skydiving at the first sign of a dust devil. But what happens when the first sign of one is just as you are getting ready to land?

Video by Randy Forbes taken at Perris at 1pm June 25th, 2011.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PDlWJMgN-k
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"Harry, why did you land all the way out there? Nobody else landed out there."
"Your statement answered your question."

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It's the small ones (50-100 feet) with little or no dust visible that scare me more because they are very hard to see.

If I see one, I much prefer ones like that in this video.

I ain't gettin' any where near one of those.

Nice video.
Be the canopy pilot you want that other guy to be.

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It's the small ones (50-100 feet) with little or no dust visible that scare me more because they are very hard to see.

If I see one, I much prefer ones like that in this video.

I ain't gettin' any where near one of those.

Nice video.



Agreed... It's not the big dirty ones I worry about.
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"Harry, why did you land all the way out there? Nobody else landed out there."
"Your statement answered your question."

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In the summer of 2006 the day I got my A-License was the day my canopy collapsed. People on the ground thought I got into a dust devil that had just come up in the Perris student area. My canopy collapsed from 30 feet or so. I remember falling clearly, going onto my back, losing my breath and the ambulance ride to the Riverside Hospital trauma center. I got lucky with just a cracked vertebrae and no other ill effects except for the pain and back brace plus bruised tail bone in the short term and very rarely, a shooting pain through my back if I sneeze and am in a certain position But that is rare.

I never saw it to avoid it. I went back to skydiving six weeks later here in Ohio once the new neurosurgeon cleared me. I was 35 when it happened. I only jumped for a couple weeks before quitting for financial reasons. Still miss the sport and keep up with it here.

David

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