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  1. Unfortunately it appears as though the lines were drawn once again by armchair quarterbacks not familiar with the realities of a war zone. Lest we forget that it IS STILL a war zone. This bile was plotting to take American lives... of this there is no question... If I truly believe it would save even one soldiers life... I would be hooking up the DC generator to his nuts to separate him from the information. How many Vietnam era soldiers... and civilian 'Company' men for that matter, were chastised for their part in the many one way helicopter interrogation rides? Calley was even pardoned! Put in perspective... Not long ago some NYC cops got nailed for using a broomstick to sodomize a U.S. CIVILIAN...during questioning... They were rightfully punished, but there wasn't near the uproar from the press that this WAR ZONE incident is causing. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  2. I wonder... Which form of interrogation trooper Jessica would have preferred if given a choice... A couple of rounds fired as an attention getter... Or Being raped repeatedly... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  3. *** Did yall get any media coverage from that one? Quote Actually there was a shot of the canopy on the post in the student newspaper..which I have a few copies of somewhere...most likely in a pile at my folks house where I dumped everything in '81 after graduating... Should go through that stuff someday! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  4. The only other possibility that comes to mind is that long 'fireman's pole' system on the shuttle... Don't know if it's designed for supersonic use though? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  5. Me Too... Lets start an organization for POPS that pretend their NOT! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  6. In his book, Chuck Yeager likens punching out supersonic to... "Committing suicide to keep from being killed in a plane crash!" The Russians were the first to design a supersonic ejection system... It had / has a rocket motor instead of an explosive charge... A windscreen that automatically protects the pilots face...and an arm & leg restraint system that pulls the limbs into the seat. Martian Baker redesigned theirs to match the performance. ...And no an aircraft would break up if the door were opened to exit. Supersonic aircraft are fabricated more from titanium than aluminum... the 'Reynolds wrap' construction would melt before long. The F 22 has even more exotic materials than Ti. But that's classified... I could tell ya, but.... ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  7. Steve Your story reminds me of a time our college demo team was going into the football stadium as a pre game warm up. My roommate who had a couple hundred jumps and a diamond wing attitude, just flat would NOT play the winds going into the stadium. No matter which way the winds were blowing, he would ALWAYS set up on the South end of the field over the score board and 'sink' until he felt he could run it in and make the 50 yard line... On one occasion there was a brisk crosswind for this type of approach. Deep into the brakes his canopy all but completely collapsed... Instead of "pumping" the brakes together he wildly punched them one at a time Left..Right..Left..Right... This only made matters worse and he was TOTALLY out of control, with what looked like four cells of a seven cell Para Plane open and flying.... One of the few times in my life that I actually hurt myself LAUGHING...
  8. *** NEW FROM RON-CO The Para-Cleaver! It FLARES It CARVES It SURFS It makes JULIAN FRIES! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  9. *** Upon some philosophical reflection, I'm reminded that sometimes we must relearn some of the simplest lessons... File this one under: Never judge a book by its cover. It was just at sunrise on a chilly and damp morning, I hadn't gotten any sleep because of a long ‘put away’ memory being unlocked and replayed, because of where I was and what I was there to do. There was a stiff breeze from the East blowing in across the Mississippi. Making the weather feel worse that it probably actually was. In truth, the air tasted exactly like it did the last time Id stood here. I reached up touching with one hand, the stainless steel was icy, ...just like I remembered. I laughed out loud, thoughtful of the ongoing paradox. A thing of genuine beauty, a work of art that I never could look at. As the first ray of sun graced its peek, the entire St. Louis Arch seemed to sparkle and come alive. 20 years before, a fellow skydiving instructor, a mentor and a friend died here after trying to land on top. With his wife watching from below and his best friend looking down through the open door of a Cessna cockpit... “This is my favorite time of day to be here.” Words that snapped me back into the present, came from a squeaky hillbilly voice from behind me. Looking at the source of the interruption, I see what looks like ‘Jabba the Hut’ in a Park Ranger Uniform. My inner voice mimics Jerry Seinfeild’s whine, “Hellooo NEWMAN!” The park is empty, but Ranger Bob starts into his spiel... “It's a parabolic arch, 630 feet tall...” “Yeah, I know” I said, “And 33 feet across at the narrowest point” (A little tight...I thought to myself.) “Oh, come ‘round here often?” No not really, It's been a while... I'm from out of state. What brings yawl back? Well, I'm on the parachute team that will be jumping here this weekend for the show. Just thought I’d look the place over. “Ya know... that's somthin’ ah always...” As I turned up the setting on my ‘bullshit filter’, I thought to myself... Hey dumpling, 3 inches taller and you'd be round! Best you stick to riding herd over the tourists... In a somber mood and wanting to be alone, I gave him a quick nod and turned to walk back to my car. ‘Simba’ following on my heels, goes back into his canned mantra... “This parabolic arch, because of it’s design characteristics and slick construction material, actually acts much like an airplane wing... creating unseen and often violent vortices of wind turbulence... “Oh yeah?” I said digging for my keys, “Great!” He continued in a mindless monotone, “It'll flip yer perryshoot round like ‘yasina’ turnanaido'.” Gimme a break Sneezy, I’m thinking, ...Somewhere in town, Snow White's got an empty chair at the breakfast table. “How many jumps did you say you had?” I asked, as I shut the door and started to drive away. ...Nothing worst than an “Expert Wuffo” I said to my self, Give some people a fucking badge... Later that afternoon we were scheduled to do a Flag jump into Cardnial Stadium prior to the start of a baseball game. We wouldn't be able to do a practice jump into the actual landing area as we like to do for stadium jumps, but we could make one into the park next to the arch where we would be landing the next few days during the Air Show. We could at least get to see the stadium from the air, and get a general feeling for the winds... and ‘knock the dust off’. 2500 feet in the 206, throwing a WDI at the top of the St.Louis Arch... that lands someplace in Nebraska... We decide to take the spot WAY out... Over the river into Illinois in fact! Which was fine with me, for some weird reason, I just don't like exiting over water... Any water... Any time! Four of us do a hop and pop from 4500’ and form up in a line heading across the ‘Mighty Miss’ toward the “Gateway to the West” Though not a performance per say, we did trail long Red, White and Blue banners just to give those that happened to notice something to look at. Going across the river headed toward the city was an indescribable experience, St.Louis is a beautiful city and visiting downtown in this manner is highly recommended! As we near the Missouri side, the park is busy with vendors and promoters setting up their equipment for the 4th of July celebration and Air Show. Not crowded just busy... I was tail end Charlie on the line and was delighted to see the #1 guy go straight through the arch 1/2 way between the top and the ground... I was half a mile back and to be honest the perspective gave me a cold chill. A chill that was instantly washed away as I set up for my approach to ‘Run the Arch’ I was on an even level with the observation windows at the top center and made eye contact with some people taking pictures from inside... the whole thing was awe inspiring, and I was laughing and hoopin’ at the top of my lungs... riding 1/2 brakes to slow it down and make the ride last as long as possible. About 100 yards past the monument that; “Will be here longer that the Pyramids” (...more ‘canned’ Ranger quips) I started into a slow 180* hook to get headed into the wind and set up for landing. When... SUDDENLY AND WITHOUT WARNING! You guessed it! First... I’m looking at my pilotchute...FROM BEHIND! In the next instant... I'm falling backwards toward the collapsing nose... transfixed on how the slider is climbing back up the lines! Hell..If I had a pull-up, I could get this thing repacked before I LAND! Talk about a time-saver! Taking a wrap to hopefully assist... I buried the steering lines to initiate a stall, and at least get me back below some of this nylon... Landing AFTER your parachute, packed or not, still bad form! Knowing from years of competition accuracy how to “pump” a stalling / sinking canopy to stabilize and recover... I started flapping like a gooney bird. Fortunately I was using a 260 sqft. 9 cell, the same rig I’d intended to take into the stadium later in the day. I actually hit straight down, with no forward or backward drive from the parachute or winds. I stood there for a few seconds... UN puckered...took a DEEP breath, and wondered if I’d perhaps missed a page or two in the “SIM”... As the four of us were walking back up the hill toward the equipment van, comparing ripped jumpsuits and scrapped helmets, Who should I spy but my Park Ranger Acquaintance from the sunrise stroll... “ Ahh tried ta tell ya!” he drawled, “ Ah bin watchin’ perryshoot guys tryin’ to land here fer tin years now, nobody believes me!” “Only happens when da win is from the East... like today, but I tells ‘em all... an all of ‘em think I’m jest a dumb country boy!” Ya know... EATING CROW isn't 1/2 bad... smothered in adrenaline ‘Hot Sauce’!! ....I took “Officer Davis” to the van where I outfitted him with a team pin, patch, hat and a tee-shirt. As I repacked for the afternoon jump, we traded tales like old friends, I told him about the jumps both today and 20 years ago... He told me about demo jumpers "dielemmas" at the Archway Park that he'd witnessed and assisted with going back a decade. We exchanged business cards and handshakes, and I recalled something my dad said to me years before, Listen to more to WHAT someone is telling you, and less to how and why they say it! ***************************************** Stadium jump went great! The grass is so perfect... Depth perception is off, much like over water. That and I was somewhat distracted just prior to landing... Some movement caught in my peripheral vision caused me to look left... I still get kidded about the astonished expression on my face, when I recognized my 50 foot head... Live feed on the ‘Jumbo-Tron!!!” Make a Skydive...Get a Check! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  10. You should just block it & lock it... A waste of bandwidth, I'm sorry I added to it. Court says it's a non-issue, I agree!!! *** ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  11. TWO 370sqft canopies?? What are you jumping?? I have one with two 270 SQFT chutes...and it's BIG! Did I miss a memo on this discussion Sparky?! Fill me in ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  12. airtwardo

    Who Are You??

    I like it! And by the Congrats!!!
  13. sorry, never concentrate on the names....better things to do. "I Yam what I Yam" Quote *** No..the name is close... just the the "germ" reference was too good to pass up! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  14. *** Germie? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  15. airtwardo

    Who Are You??

    Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is mearly energy condensed through a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, life is only a dream and we are the imaginations of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather." "The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question, is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, "Hey - don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride... And we... kill those people." Bill Hicks Quote *** ...Think I'll just turn on "AMERICAN GLADIATORS"! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  16. airtwardo

    Yo, AggieDave!

    ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  17. airtwardo

    Who Are You??

    In what context do you want me to define it? By the things I do, by the opinions I hold, by my good and bad qualities, by the perceptions of those around me, by the things I'm leaving behind when I'm dead? Quote Your choice... How you choose to define yourself... Is who you are. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  18. Quote He was found "Not Guilty" Not..."Innocent" ...I remember couch freaks well. That being said, I would jump with or do business with Mr. Mullens anywhere...anytime. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  19. He's a Fedex Captian.. In 'real life' (as was his dearly departed wife) ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  20. Quote or do a DZ.Com search for articles containing "chuteless" there are a few! ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  21. "Hasta la vista, baby?" Always be careful what you ask for, you just may get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the many headaches that the U. S. has had was the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques. In the waning years of the Clinton administration, Protesters demanded that the US Navy abandon bombing and naval gun fire exercises that had taken place on the largely uninhabited island for nearly seventy years. In 2002, the bombing exercises were transferred to an Air Force bombing range in central Florida, not far from the Jacksonville and Pensacola Naval Air Stations. In January, many of the protesters were back in Puerto Rico, celebrating the final bombing exercise on Vieques and waved Puerto Rican flags and placards that read "U.S. Navy, get out of Puerto Rico." The following Feb, Rumsfeld announced that the U.S. Navy will close the Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station in Puerto Rico in 2004, eliminating 1200 civilian jobs as well as 700 military positions. This naval facility is estimated to put nearly $300 million annually into the local economy. The next day a stunned Governor Sila Calderon, held a news conference in San Juan, protesting the base closure as a serious blow to Commonwealth's fragile economy. The governor stated that "The people of Puerto Rico don't now or never did have an interest in closing the Vieques bombing range or the Roosevelt Roads naval base. We are interested in both staying in Puerto Rico." When asked, the Commander-in Chief, Western Atlantic Command, said,Without Vieques, I see no further need for the facility at Roosevelt Roads. None. " So, Yanqui go home?" Fine. But we'll take our dollars with us. Hasta la vista, baby! On February 21, the Secretary of Defense also announced that starting this year, the U.S. European Command would begin moving most if not all of its active combat and support units from bases in Germany to others being established in Poland, The Czech Republic, Hungary and Turkey to "better position them for rapid deployment to likely hot spots in those parts of the world". Immediately the business and government leaders in the German states of Hesse, Rhineland and Wurttemburg, protested the loss of nearly $6 billion in revenue each year from the bases and manpower to be displaced. A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry speculated that the move may be "what the Americans call 'payback' for the actions of this government in opposing military action in Iraq." Does anyone know the German translation for "Hasta la vista, baby?" ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  22. Quote Title for a 'XXX' video?? ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~
  23. Quote Nails through the feet?! I think that falls under the "Well Loved" heading!
  24. ~ If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? ~