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  1. SkydiveJack

    where is Carl Beck or Sherry Kolander

    Carl Beck, who jumped in Normandy on D-Day ended up in Zephyrhills. He continued jumping until he passed away peacefully a while back, maybe 20 years ago. He was a hell of a person.
  2. SkydiveJack

    Any earlier CReW than 1975?

    Pat, I don't know if anyone did CRW before Bobby & Beanpole. But I know it was possible!
  3. SkydiveJack

    USPA director name

    Paul Proctor?
  4. SkydiveJack

    Andy Ring - UK

    Andy was a good person and a good friend. We had a lot of fun together whenever I visited Headcorn and he visited Z-hills. Blue Skies Buddy!
  5. SkydiveJack

    Vintage parachute press?

    Putting ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag.
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    Today was a good day.

    It just gets better!
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    Hot Mama

    OMG, early skydiver porn!
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    Glider antics with skydiver
  9. SkydiveJack

    static line jumpmaster?

    Works for me! I don't see why not.
  10. SkydiveJack

    Plane Pix

    So after seeing three of their frinds get injured the other two go up and do it again! That's hard core!!! I guess this proves the old saying- "If your going to be stupid you better be tough."
  11. SkydiveJack

    Hangover cure

    He might have said it, but do you know if he really did it?
  12. SkydiveJack

    round crw

    We did that cheapo tri-plane on 6/15/80 at the old SOD Farm, east of Tampa. We used student rigs, 28' 7TU cheapos with full gutter gear. The three of us in the triplane were Ferd Boger (RIP), me and Mike Lewis. Al Ramsey took the air to air photo. We even did a 4 stack with two 28's on top and two Strato Stars below. Shortly after this photo a few of us bought some 28's and modified them. We gutted the lines that ran through the canopy, installed three ring risers, diapers and hand deploy pilot chutes. They would fit in our existing Strato Star/Cloud sized rigs. Much safer. Those were crazy days! I would love to get a scan if anybody has one.
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    USPA Board Appeal

    More information please Mark. What specific act on your part did the Executive Committee determine to be "conduct unbecoming a skydiver and or likely to bring unfavorable attention upon the organization"? I'm probably wrong, but I thought revoking a persons membership had to be done by the full Board of Directors.
  14. SkydiveJack

    What is this plane?#123

    DO-228? I might have gotten the number wrong.
  15. Thanks for posting this Pat! It was a nice read. I really enjoy hearing from those who were there in the begining. It seems that we are getting more of these people coming out of the woodwork.
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    Robert M. Murphy

    I never knew Robert Murphy. But in a way we all know him. Late last year I went to a dinner and talk with US Army Paratroopers who jumped into France on D-day. It was riveting listening to them talk about their jumps that fateful night. I heard everything from a normal flight in and jump; to the aircraft being hit with antiaircraft fire and everyone running out while it descended on fire. Some ran out too late. Even though most of these men never made a sport jump in their latter years, they were the core of people that spun off the few in the USA that helped develop our sport in its very infancy. We are losing all our veterans of WWII at an accelerating pace. I will miss you Robert.
  17. SkydiveJack

    Wires landing #1

    Gee Howard, that's shocking!!!!
  18. SkydiveJack

    What is THIS plane... let me try

    Boeing B-15
  19. SkydiveJack

    What happened here?

    I remember that. It was a US Customs OV-10 that was chasing a small twin engine drug runner aircraft at night. The drug runner apparently figured out that he was being followed and landed in a very short distance at DeLand, got out and ran. The Customs plane was landing right after him and couldn't stop in time. Chopped the drug plane all up and sprayed cocaine all over the runway.
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    The Avenger

    No, the Harvard, also known as the T-6 or SNJ, is a completely different aircraft than the Avenger. The Avenger was a US Navy carrier based combat aircraft. The T-6/Harvard is a land based aircraft that was primarily used as a trainer by the US and Commonwealth Air Forces during WWII and after. Various countries and services had different names and designations for what was pretty much the same aircraft. A very few were built with wing mounted machine guns and equipped to carry small bombs. I believe these weapons were for training purposes but a few of them were actually used in anger during some small conflicts, maybe in South America.
  21. SkydiveJack

    Where and when? #1

    Thats boarding the B-25 in, I believe, Lorain, OH for the tragic Lake Erie jump where only two survived landing in the lake. I forget the exact number that drowned, somewhere between 11 and 16.
  22. SkydiveJack

    Lori Love

    This really hit me hard and I haven't even seen Lori in probably 20 years. She is a wonderful person. Please post any updates you receive.
  23. SkydiveJack

    Exitus question

    Mike Johnston, currently manager at DeLand, was on it. I believe John Sherman was on it as well. They can probably fill in the blanks.
  24. SkydiveJack

    Toe sucking

    The first time I had my toes sucked was in Issaquah, WA around 1983. I was traveling around the USA as Mike Johnston's assistant teaching the first year of AFF I/JM certification courses. As happens in the northwest, we had a rain day and ended up in a bar. After a few hours of festivities, four of the DZ ladies approached me and asked me if I wanted my toes sucked. I resisted their advances (a little) but they still took off my shoes and socks, poured two shot of Yukon Jack over the toes on each foot and then well....all four began sucking them at the same time. It was a life changing moment. I have been into toe sucking ever since. Or maybe I should say.. I like good head AND toe!