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  1. Hi John, I think the Mandatory Retirement Age for TI's should be not an "age' but when the TI can no longer do 16 oz. curls ...with either hand!! I'm not a "TI" but all this BS about mandatory retirement ages not just for TI's is so much krap!! how about a mandatory retirement age for "Golf!! Hahahahahaha! I've heard "Anti's" espouse Mandatory retirement ages for old people who drive cars, fly airplanes, shoot guns and a bunch of other stuff!! Bunko bucko!! I'm 70 ..will be 71 in June and I still "WORK," drive cars, shoot guns, drink beer, skydive (when I can afford it) the old sayin' goes about why I still jump......because I haven't found a good reason to quit!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  2. Hi Sam, BTW if someone signs your log with 4 or less digets for the license number, its OK...... some of us started jumping and got our licenses a Long, Long time ago in a Galaxy Far, Far away!!!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  3. Back a few pages were all, actually through out, posts about whuffo comments... Back in '65 my girlfriend's mom was asking me about jumping and how long we could "Fall!!" i explained that from 7500 feet we could fall for 30 seconds till pull alt. but the clicher was telling her that from 12.500 feet we could fall for a whole minute.....60 seconds!!!'' Her reply,"Oh My!!, How can you hold your breath that long?????" "Kitchey Koo you Bastards!!!!"...from an od Rob Crumb Zap Comix!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  4. Hi Jerry, Sandy and all!!, Love this thread!! God Almighty "Dangerous??" Hell, we lived thru 'em all!! how could they have been "Dangerous? Oh well, when yer' lookin' the reaper in the eye at 400 feet I guess that's Dangerous!! But!>
  5. Hi All, I sadly post the passing of "Herb Graves" of the SE Louisiana Skydiving Community!! Herb was "Just a kid" when he showed up at Hammond Airport Louisiana back in about 1965 as I recall!! Leon and Prissie Riche were running the "Program" at the time, I think Ben Seal, Jr. was still around but that's another story!! Herb went on to become a Rigger and Pilot and developed a Skydiver rig he called the "Herbie Hog!!!" Anybody got one in their "collection???" Anyway, Herb is dead!! Do some diggin' and you'll find out the details....I don't want to go into them here!! I remember Herb from a long time ago!! He was definitely interested in "Aviation!!"....A lot like me when I was a kid!! Just like Herb,....I and I'm sure still he still loves airplanes, parachutes and "thiings' Flyin'!!" Fly On Herb, the Star up there is waiting for you!!! Blue skies!!!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  6. Hi Wendy, Blue Skies to Bill!! That Star up there has just got one slot Bigger! He is among friends!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  7. OMG!!!!! Steve was a Good friend, an Old Friend, a Great Friend!! What year was it?? I have to set the "Way Back" oh yes I think it was '83, the Scare-Us-Valley 6 way meet, we were Pandemonium!! Steve, Dave Weaver (who got us together), Me, Wayne Jason, Tim Ryan and Fred (4-way)Kahl!! Time and dives ....Fly By! I remember he usedta' call his big 7-cell main "The Tuna Boat!!!" 'Remember doing AFF with "New 'D'" and Steve would film....when we cut the student loose, Steve would go butt down and get under us instructors and we would dive on him!!! Got some great fotos from then!!!!! And now OMG Steve is gone from us!!! Fly on Buddy!!!! That Star up there just got one bigger.......say Hi to Gary, Kevin, Dirty Ed and the rest of the Guys up there!!! Blue skies!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  8. Just noticed on page 89 of the new oct '15 issue of Parachutist a piece about the death of Stan Brown, 08 MAY 2015 at his Denver home. That "Eternal Star" just got one slot bigger. Fly on Stan!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  9. Hi Pete!!!!, 'Yuppers!!, You got it!! Somewhere's back down the line I recall an article by an aerospace Engineer-Test Pilot who said something to that effect!! As I recall!!....He said, (I'm sure with a bit of tongue in cheek!!) "A Piper Cub is the 'Safest' Plane in the world.. it can just 'Barely Kill You!!!'" ....same guy also said...."'Never' fly the 'A Model' of 'ANYTHING!!!!!!!'" Geezlouise!!! How many times have us Skydivers jumped on the "Latest new 'HOT SETUP'" thinkin' it was the coolest thing since sliced bread only to be "A Model Test Jumpers!!!!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  10. And it was only tied down at the wing tips. That allows enough slack to let it get a jump on you. His memorial is on 12 Sep 15 at the Willamina, OR Community Center @ 11 AM. Jerry Baumchen Hi Jerry, 'Just got to thinkin', "famous last words!!" When tryin' to "Hand Prop" an airplane and the booger is balking at your efforts, the person doin' the 'Prop Pullin' to the Joker in the cockpit pushin the peddles and workin the handles "says!!,""THROTTLE CRACKED!!!!!"............. Hate ta' say it, "BUT!!" "Been There, Done That 'AND' Got the T-Shirt!" May God Bless Ted!!! Except for the Grace Of Fortune go All Of Us "Aviator's!!!!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  11. And it was only tied down at the wing tips. That allows enough slack to let it get a jump on you. His memorial is on 12 Sep 15 at the Willamina, OR Community Center @ 11 AM. Jerry Baumchen Hi Jerry, Let that be a lesson to "All of US!!!!!!" 'Note my "PR-A School" quote!!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  12. Hi SS, And "More Info" sheds "More light" on the incident.... "Tie downs but "No Chocks!!" And....It's just a Funky little ol' "Air Coupe!!!" What did they have, a 65 or 85hp Continental engine?? Airknocker Champs, Luscombes, Cubs and "Air Coupes!!" As I recall most Aircoupes had electric starters as I don't recall propping one....(Wouldn't need to unless ya' had a dead battery!) Back when....Spring-early summer of 1967 I was in PR-A School (NAVY) at NAS Lakehurst, NJ. I recall one day in some class PR-1 Rose made the statement,"For every Safety Rule we have on the Flight Deck, you can find a 'Dead Man!!'" Well we just got a new one, If you're gonna' "Hand Prop" an Airplane, make sure the Chocks are in place AND....The Tie Downs are "Taught!!!!!" 'Only met Ted once ...we were at the Reno Air Races, some time in the 90's...We were at Clyde Blenco's "Skydive Instead" loft on the airport also there was George Galloway...Watched the races, drank Beer, had a good time.... to think that was somewhere around 20 years ago!! Time flies when yer havin' Fun!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  13. Hi pch, When ya' live yer life with yer butt hangin' out in the breeze 24/7/365 like people like Ted, sooner or later the "Reaper" will find his "Sweet Spot" and take it for all the "Misses" that he cussed himself out for being too fast or slo on the "Swing!!!!!!!!!" Got that yet??? Most of us are just "Weekend Warriors!!!" Ted was "Full Time!!" all his Life!! 'Reaper was always there, but "He missed!!!" That's all anyone could ask for!! I think about some of my old "Sky Buds!" "Dirty Ed," "Pat Swoveln," "Kevin Donley," just to name a few "THAT" "Died In Their SLEEP!!" 'Reaper had lots of chances on them......but missed!! I've "Hand Propped" a lot of airplanes in my time going back to before I started Skydiiving when I was in the Civil Air Patrol as a Cadet back in the early 1960's at Hammond Airport Louisiana "Before" the "Skydivers" showed up.....then I got "Rurant!!!!" The rest is "History!!" PS Tie down the tail and/or chocks may have (No an AAD Would NOT have done any Good!!) prevented this fatality!! No an RSL would not have helped either!!!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  14. Hi 'zulu, ......'Thanks.....for..the memories!!!... 'Have a few faded photos, a pair of raggy cutoff's that somehow survived at the bottom of my dresser drawer and a bunch of "memories!!!" 'Have to dig into the ol' Beer case box of old Log Books and find that "time slot".... 'Ya got me goin'!!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  15. Hi "Westy!!," 'Been a couple of years now since my last post to ya'. Time flies!! 'Get yer kneez in da Breeze!! Wuffs will always be wuffs!! Most of the time the negative and caustic comments are because of jealousy derived from "You Doing what their own insecurities keep them from doing!!" They're not happy till you're not happy "Them!" 'Had some major "Down Time" since '06 when I tore my right deltoid. It got better but other issues came up. "Finally!," Got back in the air 23MAY!! after 8.5 yrs on the deck!! That was #3848...'am up to #3852!!...... go to < > Me, "Mr. Mardi Gras in the Purple, Green and Gold, Pauli on camera, Sam in grey and blue and Aleshia in Red and Grey 4-way "Chinese T (exit) 15K over Gold Coast! > zig-zag>oppos. str.stps.>spinner>open accord> top! Fun dive!! Fortunately I don't have any "nut Cases' in my immediate surroundings tryin' to drag me down!!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  16. Hi "33 zulu!!," That was "C.O.D.'s" team shirt Jerry and Pat Swovelin, Mitch miller and Jim (The Admirel's son)Salzer!!!! Had one in the archive, "think I gave it to the late "Red Beard' before I left Ca some years ago. A classic!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  17. Hi JW, Great way to get an extra $5 outa' your customer's pocketbook!!! "Oh" I've heard the lies!!!! "You're gonna die if I don't replace your loop!!!!!" Yeah, right! After a year or so, maybe.....It takes at while for one to "Stretch" into shape... I have a new one now and I'm going to have to pop the rig and shorten the loop so the PC spring doesn't cock in the pack!! Unless there's frays around the pin it's probably good!! Then again, how's your closing technique?? I've seen some "Ham Fisted" riggers "Pop" 3 closing loops on one rig before they got it "Closed!!!" Go figure??........I have a great idea!!!! Lets go back to "Metal Cones and Grommets!!!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  18. Hi Guy!! 'Always thought the "Sport Death" shirt was the doings of "Bullet Bob" from the "Gulch" and "Ghoulidge!!" Also I believe it was yours, the "Takin' it to the Street!!" (I have one!!!) The Crater of a 9-Man with the 10th on wrists imposed over "Old" Route "71" at Elsinore, before the Freeway!!! Anyone remember the 2AM Steak and eggs breakfasts at the "Club Cafe" after doing a "Round Robin" (start at one Bar eg, Dickie and Marilyn's "Rumbleseat" drink a beer, go to the next bar drink a bar and on till ya' got back to where ya' started!!!) SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  19. Yuppers, that was how it was back in those days. Once you showed people you could pull silver, you were on your own. Ah, those were the days, Jerry Baumchen Hi Jerry!!!! to start off, from one old timer to another, "How the he2xl are ya??" Yup that's the way it was and the "Turbine Baby's" as my buddy Caz callz em', will have no clue!! But truth again is stranger than fiction!! "And!," this is true!! Related to me on the A/C parking apron in front of the old admin bldg at Hammond Airport, La. Back a few cases of beer ago about the year 1965, One Phillip "Cappy" Connors D-1011 told of his first adventures with jumping in La. My getting "cleared" after my JP may sound hairy to most newbies but Cappy has me topped by a bunch!! When Louisiana Skydivers got started back in '61 or there abouts nobody knew how to skydive so someone knew this jumper from Texas named "Dusty" Rhodes who came over and trained some of these first people and put them out on their first static line jump at Hammond Airport!! I was in High School at the time and was an airport bum because me and a bunch of my buddies were in the local "Civil Air Patrol!!" and recall this!! Well Cappy had made 2 static line jumps at Orange Mass.!!!!! So Dusty made him the CSO (Club Safety Officer) because he had the most jumps!! Well as Cappy related here he was in Bob Landry's Cessna 172 at 2500' over Hammond Jump mastering 2 first jump students on their first static line jump then getting out on the step and "Doing his first Static Line Dummy Rip Cord Pull!!!!!!!".........And I remember watching some guy packing a 28' C-9 canopy there on the parking apron with a copy of Bud Sellick's book laying on the concrete next to him for directions!!!! Yes Jerry, as you stated,"Those were the daze!!!!" Thanks for jogging my memory!!! I love it when a plan comes together!!!! Blue Skies, Black Death!!!!!!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  20. Hi Pat and all, Ft. Hood SPC! Right before I started jumping (Late '63-early '64)a guy got out of the Army and came to Southland Skydivers in Hammond, La., turned out he had more jumps than Ben Seal our head Honcho so Numan M. Gill B-1929 from Ft. Hood SPC became the "Club Instructor!!" "Gil" was my FJC Instructor and subsequent JM .....till I made my "Clear and Pull" then although my jumps were still "supervised" for all practical purposes, I was 'on My Own!!" Him and Herb Golden,from Louisiana Skydivers in Baton Rouge, told stories about Carlos Wallace and other happenings in Texas!! Those were the daze!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  21. Hi CJ, Hell of a way ta' die!!! Funny about procedures and "Safety Rules!" "Back when" I was in Navy Parachute Rigger's "A" School at Lakehurst, NJ, 'was said in one of our classes,"Behind every safety rule ya' have on the Flight Deck ya' can find a 'Dead Man!!!!!'" Nuff said! the sayin' goes across the board. Got Gunz.....OUTLAW??!!!, SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  22. Hi Chuck, Sorry to hear'......It's a tough one. Reminds me of ... my old buds, Pat Swovelin and George "Dirty Ed" Edwards..both who after leading "The Life" met the reaper "while asleep!!" Life still goes on. Blue Skies, SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  23. Hi "Sparky!!" aka Matt McKillowatt, Thanks for the post. Actually I have another jumpsuit besides the "Black One," I just finished it!! It's Purple, Green and Gold for "Justice, Faith and Power!!" The colors symbolize "Mardi Gras" and I thought they'd make a great selection for my suit!! I live here in Louisiana and this is where I grew up. 'Born in New Orleans. Don't worry about the pilot chute!! Next time I'll hand it to you and track off!!! Got Gunz.....OUTLAW??, SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  24. Keep in mind it's an Experimental Aircraft Association 'Air Show' - not a boogie or skydiving meet. 99% of the attendees couldn't care less about the sport of Skydiving or the skill involved with what's going on in respect to it. I've been part of the parachute demonstration opening act there for 30 me, there is little concern or regard for anything Skydiving at that event. It primarily attracts the hardcore aviation was made blatantly clear from the first performance there, that the event is ALL about airplanes. It's arguably the largest Air Show in the world - a highly technical and choreographed production that is a full 12 months in the planning. You are given a set of 'performance parameters' that include things like absolute time specific demands for start and duration, presentation and conduct just to name a few - safety & entertainment value are paramount concerns of the EAA. To the convention management & faithfuls alike...the airplane is the star of the show ~ that kinda puts 'us' at a distinct disadvantage. That being said however ~ this IS an absolutely fantastic opportunity to showcase OUR sport at a venue & on a scope very rarely afforded us as a group. I wish the greatest success to all of those involved ~ I hope 'we' do everything possible to capitalize on the exposure! Hi Jim, Best wises for you,Yours and "Your Team!!!!!" Go Buddy!!!" Do It!, Fly The Flag and have a "BLAST" Doing It!!! Yer' ol' Cal. Sky Buddy!!, Blue skies, SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  25. Hi Sincy, Oh I could "Talk" alright!!!!" But all you could hear was this raspy, coarse, hoarse voice trying to form words!!! Sorry you couldn't have been there!! It was a "BLAST!!" 'I think you mentioned that you've been "on the Deck" for a while yourself?? SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out