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  1. When I was growing up I had a great collection of tee shirts from Perris Valley! I wore them all most everyday! I need to post up some pictures when I can find them. I know Rob Thundercloud did some that said "Party Til you Puke Boogie Til You Bounce" and one that was a bit morbid "skydivers eat their dead". But I also had some great ones with such detail! One had a 12 way in and out formation looking down at Perris with the runway the DC-3 and even the swimming pool below. I sure would like another one! Also a really cool one of a night jump out of a Cessna with full moon and clouds. Post up pictures if you have any please!
  2. I loved it when he got schooled by Alex Jones!
  3. timber

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    "As the prop turns and so are the days of our dives"!
  4. Sadly it appears that we will add Emerald Coast Skydiving to this list! Open as various names as Grandview Parachute Center and Panhandle Parachute Center and Emerald Coast Skydiving. It has been in operation since the mid 1960's when the "Colonel" an his special forces buddies would get together and jump for fun. With the loss of his beloved son Jimmy Horak earlier this month. He does not have the will to continue and is worried about liability concerns. I believe Emerald Coast still has the Alabama state record of 45 set in the late 1990's. "Damn has it been that long already"? Jumps to the world famous Flora-Bama and Pensacola Beach were the big attraction! we enjoyed hosting the Memorial Day weekend beach boogies until the last couple of years. I believe some beach jumps will continue from time to time if we can keep a jump plane close by. Some alternatives are being looked into but no details yet. Most of us will likely migrate to Gold Coast Skydiving in Lumberton or Skydive Panama City in Altha, Florida or Skydive Live in Paxton Florida. Still not the beautiful view we enjoyed at E.C.S.C.! Many great memories and friendships and even marriages and children resulted from there! (Not mine that I know of);)!
  5. Services for Jimmy Horak will be held Thursday August 8th.At the Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 10650 Gulf Beach Highway in Pensacola, Florida. Visitation will be from 10am to 11am. Mass will follow at 11am. Burial will be at Prince of Peace Cemetery Highway 98 and County Road 95 in Elberta, Alabama. All who had the privilege of knowing Jimmy are invited to attend. Jimmy had such a deep passion for skydiving and aviation! He treasured fellow skydivers and was always looking to make the sport as safe as possible. Jimmy would want us to learn as much as possible from this incident apply it and carry on with the sport we love! Blue Skies Friends!
  6. Emerald Coast Skydiving has a Cessna 182 with a Continental IO-550 300 hp " Air Plains" conversion. Climbing to 12,000 feet in 17 minutes. It has a Hartzell 78 inch 3 bladed prop. It would actually climb faster to altitude if I didn't climb at an airspeed faster than Vy due to the high Cylinder Head Tempature. That and not having speed brakes slows our turn around time a bit. A $ 60,000 prop and motor in a $20,000 air frame. You could get Cessna 206 for that.
  7. I am really sad to hear this! Freddy was a great guy and aside from the WFFC he would come hang out with us jumpers at the Blue Angel Airshow every year! Blue Skies Freddy!
  8. Sounds like a typical day hauling meat to me! I am fairly small for a tandem master 5"6 and 155 pounds. The people especially in Alabama seem to be getting bigger by the week! Climbing out of a C-182 with someone 230 LBS and 6'2" plus is a challenge. Then you get the girls that are built wide as they are tall and large "mammalian protuberances" No matter how you adjust the harness they seem to "OOZE" through it and end up sick! I am learning to just say "NO"! Hope you have a better weekend ahead! Thanks for the heads up!
  9. A single engine turbine aircraft with a tail gate like this!
  10. Any News on Bob Sinclair Lately? I know he is living in the Deland area! I know he is also in poor health and would like any updates. I would like to have a "roast" to him before he departs.
  11. R.I.P. Mongo! Thank you for taking me under your wing and putting me on some great loads in the early 90's. Blue Skies!
  12. I just recieved a letter from Bob Sinclair. He is living at Frank Arenas 's airport in Coleman,Fl. He is dealing with serious health issues but is still hanging tough! A real legend in my mind!
  13. Friends don't let friends sell their rigs!
  14. I lost my Dad Mack McKinney to lung cancer on April 9 2011. I am sure he is meeting with his other friends that passed for one hell of a party.
  15. OK thanks! I will have to get down and see him soon! Glad to know he is still around. I have heard he is in poor health.
  16. Does anyone know of the status of one Bob Sinclair? I have not heard from him in awhile?
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  18. Update on aircraft for Memorial Weekend Boogie. Unfortunatly it will only be the Grand Caravan. There was talk of a Caravan from Spaceland but I hear from the Owner that it is not going to happen. Also the C-182 is still in the shop awaiting parts and won't be ready for two more weeks. I know many people are canceling over the oil spill. As of now the beach is still clean. The spill is still miles off the coast of Alabama. We are hoping for the best!! I know the loads could back up a bit but we will do the best we can! So come out make a few jumps and enjoy the beach and bushwackers! I look foreward to seeing my friends from out of town!
  19. You are a brave one Alex! Maybe you can jump in your rainbow thong! I will fly you there when ever you want! We will have Two Cessna Caravans and a C-182 with a brand new 300 Hp motor. Or we will have a Caravan and a Super Otter from Spaceland.
  20. The "Enemy Within". Radical Islamist have infiltrated our Military both home and abroad. Our troops are being shot in the back by our so called allies. They are also being recruited in our prisons. More of this crap can be expected in the future!
  21. Many years have passed since the accident at Taft! Although I was just a 14 year old kid. I am forever grateful how Lea Van Pelt : Gary Kreibel and Brady Saunders befriended my Dad and taught him to jump. as a result my Dad and I became best friends. I can't imagine my life without skydiving and flying!
  22. Happy Birthday Robby!!! I will drink a "bushwacker for you!!!
  23. The same thing almost happened today with my friend Rick Payne in Slidell today! He was jumping a Strong rig and the right side pin was out. The reserve pilot chute was hanging out slightly. I agree watch you handles!! Especially jumping from a smaller aircraft! The reserve pins can get pushed out by leaning on a seat or bulkhead. Glad to hear it all worked out for you!
  24. I had a young Navy kid who came out to jump with his friends. They must have had fun the night before drinking and eating raw oysters. Exit and freefall was great. As soon as the canopy opened I got a whiff that would make my cat bow its' head in shame!! I was starting to hurl all over my students back!! He said "man I am really sorry!!" "We were drinking and betting each other who could eat the most raw oysters last night!" The guy had SHIT and pissed his pants!!! I told him that "I was going to have to pull the student cutaway handle because I was getting sick!" He cried "NOOO! Please don't!!!" After a few long sickening moments it was time to land. August in Pensacola, Florida is really hot and humid. Of course there was no wind. We had to slide in for landing the guy had shit all down his back! I thought to myself Thank God I put a flight suit on him!! He got to keep It. His friends had a real good laugh!!! I went directly to the shower!! It was sunset at Skydive Santa Barbara. I was with this stunning little Italian lady. We just opened up and turned to the west. Beautiful sunset with High wispy clouds. Just then A large Titian rocket launched out of Vandenburg AFB. What a awesome sight!! Dave Tuller just returned from the war in Iraq! He was now a double amputee. The city of Milton, Florida and a contractor built him a house. Dave had always wanted to jump. I took him on a tandem and landed him in his new front yard with his friends and media! He said that "Serving his Country and being wounded set his life up for a whole new challenge and motivated him like never before!" He is now on the Paraplegic Olympic team. He has also been in several marathons. He is an inspiration!! It was my honor to share our sport with him!