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  1. skypuppy

    Early Skydiving Patch

    some sort of description of you want might help
  2. skypuppy

    See any gaps in history so far?

    in your observation balloon section, you sort of skipped the civil war. Some of the balloonists from the civil war purchased to took some of the surplus balloons to begin careers as exhibition balloonists across America, something to which they later added parachuting to spice up the show as more people become familiar with balloons. The Allen family comes to mind as one of the dynasties following the war. There;s a working replica of one of the civil war observation balloons at Genessee Country Village in new York. A list of the balloonists for both sides, yankee and confederate, is on a monument at the aviation museum in Richmond Virginia. The Allen Flying History So just how long have we been flying? The Allen's were pioneers in the balloon flying business. The flying originates back to the Civil War. The two main observation balloonists for the Union Army were Thaddeus Lowe and James Allen. James Allen was distantly related to the three Allen Brothers, Ira, Comfort and Martin. Ira observed the Union Army balloons while serving in the Calvary himself. When the war was over Ira started ballooning with his younger brothers for "recreational fun" and profit. Ballooning was not the same then as it is now. Certainly not as safe. Balloons were filled with hot air by holding them over a fire. The hot air from the fire filled up the balloon for flying. Heavy smoke from the fires sealed the porous cotton fabric used for the balloons. These aeronauts did not ride in a basket, they soared aloft hanging from trapeze bars. At altitude they would cut loose and float back down to the ground on their home made parachutes. "The Flying Allens" performed this act for spell bound crowds nationwide. The next generation included two twin brothers, Edward and Edgar Allen. Edward became the most famous o all the flying Allens by making over 3000 smoke balloon ascensions and parachute jumps, over his 60 year career. He was also a Montgollfier Diploma recipient: the highest ballooning honor given in the world. Edward's children, Eddie Jr., Gloria and Florence, continued to thrill crowds, from the depression era, until the 1950's. Eddie Jr.'s son, David continued in his father's footsteps, however not in the traditional smoke filled balloons. Our Pilots prefer to fly modern hot balloons as we know them today. The rest as they say is history. Enjoy your flight.
  3. skypuppy

    The Legend of Roger Nelson

    roger was a cool dude. Along with Jim Bohr, one of the memories of my weekend at sandwich.
  4. skypuppy

    Pam Pangburn

    I am sorry to hear that...
  5. skypuppy

    AAD Save impressions/statistics

    2) Interested in AAD induced fatalities or injuries, for example swoopers killed or injured by an reserve deployment (non-injury doesn't count) having the shit scared out of you and an aching wallet don't count as injuries?
  6. That would have to go in the Scary stories thread.
  7. skypuppy

    What brand of AAD do you use?

    what about none?
  8. If memory serves, Mike was doing an aff-type jump and dumped the student low and bounced himself back in the early '80's, but that's just my recollection. I believe there was a write-up both in the fatality reports in parachutist and also in Skydiving magazine....
  9. skypuppy


    I am guessing it is a Billy Graham revival meeting in Houston, say 1982. Is it a Golden Knight canopy.
  10. skypuppy

    Triumph TR-3

    Maybe Daryl Henry would recognize it.
  11. skypuppy

    Side-by-Side and Tri-by-side

    Just have one guy holding the grip on the other's harness while the other guy STEERS his canopy back into the side-by-side configuration. That isn't so hard.... Then change your grips.
  12. skypuppy

    how much effective force on risers?

    I was reading some interesting data from test jumps done on a military skydiving system a few years ago that was really interesting, in that on some jumps, with asymmetrical loading with one riser getting 60 to 80% of the load. Typical opening shocks averaged about 4.5 g's, with a typical scatter of 1.5 g avbout the mean. (ie between 3 and 6 G average). However now and then, a shock of up to 9.0 G's would be encountered. Again, this is skydiving data and not that recent, so technology has changed.
  13. skypuppy

    Red Army Double canopy parachutes.

    In pre-war Russia it was common to deploy both chutes simply to give a softer landing. Also interesting is that Russian chutes at the time were actually square-shaped to make them easier to manufacture. There's a couple of pictures in John Week's book, "Assault from the Sky", but not a lot of explanation. There were various other pockets even in North America where it was not uncommon to deploy both chutes if you had two -- an earlier skydiver in Ontario mentioned that at one airshow they could each take only one because they didn't have enough to go around. The Irving parachutes seemed to have a reputation as being quite expensive, although trying to jump a parachute designed to go out of a balloon often led to fatalities when the jumper exited an airplane with its higher airspeed. This is all pre Second World War.
  14. skypuppy

    Early Days

    Like these?
  15. skypuppy

    Andy Guest(juster)

    In January '84 I did a few jumps with him in Z-hills, one a 10-10 attempt which yielded a 10-man star, followed by a 9-plane crw formation. Fun formation. Also a 10-plane formation with Andy, Taff, Bruce, Reddy(?), Ian and Rob Paley. The old days.