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  1. The Bodacious Thunder Chicken!!!!!! 'Have quite a few leaps out of the Bird!!! skybill PS note in the foto how "Dude" has his hand over the "EN' in thunderchicken.. So i think he thinks "SHE!!'s the "ThunderChick!!" ..."OMG!!"
  2. Well... it is an illustration of the hand... say thankyou to "Bullet Bob!!!" Still have the shirt... and it still "Fit's!!!!!!... me!! seems like for a lot of older Sky Divers some of our older, favorite Sky Divin' T-shirts have "Shrunk!!!!" Badly!!!!! skybill
  3. Here it is a few years later... .... The old "Hammond Airport" Admin. bldg. our office is now the CAP bldg. the Airport now after "KATRINA" has Grown... FBO's, the "Border Patrol and Homeland Security!!" and a "TOWER!!!!!" (Manned by the US ARMY located on Field!!.....) .... Sometimes at sunset ... on calm evening.... ovr the wisp of the wind you can hear the sound of a Cessna 172 at 7500 feet cut it's engine then the sound of skydivers in freefall and the opening of their chute withe tem hootin' and hollerin'!!! The Spirit lives....... skybill
  4. Post 20... by "mwr" noting from Otay the "Sons of Beeches" ... also from Otay was the "San Diego Zoo!!" honcho'ed by Lorenzo Lizarag!!.... me, Ken Pelkey, Dennis Schufflin, Dave Mizel, Mike Parnell, and I have to get out my logs to see who else!! That was march of '75 and Jim Spencer was still in Jail!! ... Our first Otay 10-MAN team was the "OTAY BUNCH" we went to the "Chute Out at the Gulch" at Casa Grande in March of '73......."That's the T'Shirt!!!!!" down there!!!!!! Blue skyz, skybill...... D-6009
  5. Hahahahaahahaha!! a few years ago now..... I needed to get my monkey ass back inthe air after 8 years on the deck.. started with a torn deltoid then my wife got cancer so it go's!! Showedup at GOLDCOAST lumberton MS. leanne said i had to jump with one of her instructor's "FIRST!!... I tried not to scare JD too much ... on take off roll i unfolded "SAMMY SKULL!!!!!" (Old SO. CAL JUMPER'S KNOW!!!" and as the wheel's lifted, I lifted Sam andyelled "BLUE SKIES, BLACK DEATH!!!!" Much to the shagrin of all on board including "JC!!" thnI turned and looked at him and said, "I hope I didn't scare you too much!!!" The dive was GREAT!! JC signed me off .. I seriously think he will NEVER forget me!!! skybill
  6. Hi Sky!!!!, Just wonderin' here it is a few weeks later and ...... how'd things go??? 'Have a "skyfriend" whose MOM is not expected to survive this fiasco corona bug... we are standing by... Just know that you and yours are in my prayers...... And Thank You Jesus for lettin' someone back when discover "WHISKEY!!!!!" I hold my glass high and Toast!! "BLUE SKIES!!!" all we can ask the Eternal for.... skybill
  7. Back in the Day... I think around '78-'79 when we were still doin' the S/L Program at Perris before Hank made all those godawful red and yellow Hankpigrigs!! we'd have an average of 30 or more FJC students on a Saturday or Sunday morning Class!!!! Hooodogies! So at least a DC-3 load.. GOOD FUN!! One Sunday.. or was it a Saturday?? either way.. Got the load geared up, a couple of extra J/M helpers in the plane and taxi out!!! Ron Lay does the 30 inch check on starboard ..OK.. then PORT..... go taxi back!!! run everyone over to the other DC-3 out, take off.. turn around and land!!!!! Don't remember what the gig was but we were down!!!!!! They had Howie warm up this cargo door Beech 18 we had at the time so I took up 10 students at a time!! First group... OK.. Second group ....well some "Chatter" in the starboard engine!! Students were eager to get out is an under statement!! We got the 3rd group up and 3 to a pass and 4 on the last.... As 2 and 3 go ... Howie starts workin' the throttles yelling...."GET OUT!!!!...GET OUT!!!!" Stu #4 didn't even wait for me to say GO!!! He was "GONE!!!!" Funny how that goes!! skybill
  8. Yesterday evening, Christmas Eve, 'got a text from "Rusti," "Caz" had just passed on.... Some time ago he had a "Stroke!"... he got somewhat better.... then worse.. Details don't matter.... 'knew it would be soon but ...????? you know the drill.... Fly on Caz... 'yer up there in that "Eternal Star" with Gary, Dirty Ed, Joe Morgan, Al Frisby and on!! Blue skies Buddy..... Blue skies!!!, skybill-out
  9. Congrats!! to the winners!!! Go to and dig up the message board... just a couple from the top I posted about "Carlos Gene Godfrog" and ... well... just read it...... Hooray for Carlos.......!! Auentes, Fortuna, Ivat, skybill-out
  10. No Pix,but "I was in the Parking lot!!!!!" "HarHarHar!!!" and heard the "Crash!!!!" And NO!! "BOB" was not in the Van!!!...'Was gettin' some gear for the next jump.... 'Just did a "AFF Level I" with this Gorgeous Ginger!!! The Crash put the quanus on our Level II dive that day!!!!! Audentes, Fortuna, Ivat, skybill-out PS "Old Woman!!" somewhere in my archives I have a "Snapshot" of you standing by Sq. 1... 'will let you know when I find it!!!
  11. Hi Jerry, Sorry to hear...... Fly on Flip.... That "Eternal Star" just got another entry!!!!! skybill
  12. It was just a matter of our worst enemy...."Time".... Criss has had a bout of serious battles with his health lately... came down to a "Cerebral hemorrhage" a couple of daze ago and his sawbonez said,"He ain't gonna make it..." Criss went Trackn' up to that "Eternal Star" at 19:48 (EDT) on 05MAY2019.... this past Sunday!! Up in Va. he was stayin' with his sister... was just admitted to Hospice and he left us shortly after.. When he was still down here in Louisiana I was fortunate to visit with him... 'Found out from Sandy Callahan that he was in "Port Allen!!" just across the bridge from Baton Rouge... I'm in Hammond.. just 65 miles away!! Went to visit.... Brought him a "Fresh" "AIR TRASH" hat!!...when he was in the hospital over here... He had some serious complications from surgery... fortunately came out of it but it was scary!! He went up to Va. to live with his sister... anyway he's in that "Eternal Star" now!!! Fly on Buddy.... you will be missed.... skybill
  13. Hooodogies!!! "Strat's!!!!" "Stars an' 'Fryer's!!" (Pun intened) As for the "Fryer'" I mean "Flyer" the only person who I know of that jumped one successfully as a young lady at old Elsinore named I think "Darleen" she was a singer that went by the stage name of "Danny!!" She weighed about 98 lbs. dripping wet with her clothes on!! She'd come in for a landing, do a "normal" flare and dead stop a foot above ground and take one step!! Note!! I said she weighed 98 lbs.!!!!!!!!!!! Major operating factor!! PS the pictures of "Dean Westgard" landing the flyer were taken when he was a bout a foot or so off the ground.... ya' had ta' see the crater and cloud of dust not to mention the seismic after recordings "ONE FOOT LATER!!" I had a "Star!!!" Long story!! back when I tipped the scale at the 160-165 lb range!! If ya' have enough BEER I can tell ya' some stories..... All in all I liked my STAR!!.... As for "Flyer's" my now late friend "Red Beard" came over one night and "GAVE" me this red and white Flyer he got from someone ... I didn't want it but ended up with it anyway... Some time later Matt McKillowatt... aka "Sparky" was over for some rigging work and I got him drunk and got him to haul off the Flyer!! Finally got rid of it!! He was going on some "Spooky" base jump and I told him.. "It's the perfect rig (Fortunately I think he weighed about 145 lbs. so that was good!!" If ya need to ditch it .. no loss!! "5 RIGHT ... an' ... CUT!!!!!!," skybill-out PS...and then there was "GENO!!!!".. aka Walton Eugene Johnson!!! A "Ghetto Rat" Jumping what he could find!! His last "Good Canopy" took a dive and he found a "Flyer" .. He weighed in at the 170 +/- 5 lb range... (net.) would fly in at 2000 mph, flare like there was no tomorrow and "ATTACK" the hard pan at Scare-us-valley with great gusto!! I would "Cringe" when I watched his landings!! ....... My "Hi-Ball" is gettin' kinda low... need to do a mid-air refuel... Later Troops... Drop me a line if ya' want to hear more .......
  14. "BOB!!! Friend, skydiver, aviator and all around good guy! He was the "Big Cheese" with our "New Dimensions Flite School" of which I was proud to be invited to be part of !!!!!!! We had our usual "Up's and down's" but that was nothing.. and after i look back .. we were the "PIONEER'S!!!!!" We "BLAZED THE TRAIL" that all others followed!! GOT THAT PILGRIM'S!!! skybill
  15. Interesting!! just now got here!! Give me a minuet to navigate around and I'm On!! looks good!! skybill