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  1. Hi Steve and all, I'm at a loss for words.............. I remember the good times in AZ back when.....The New Years' eve "Hancock Hotel" parties!! 'Still have a bunch of the T-shirts in my archives!! Jumping at "Ghoulidge" was always the best. Fly on Charlie. SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  2. Hi pal, If that was a particular shirt?? No, but the one to be on the lookout for is any old "Rickerby" especially the one with a bunch of Ghouls with toot snorting straws sitting around a hugh mirror with what is obviously cremated human remains and although there is no caption the "Implied" one is,"SKYDIVERS SNORT THEIR DEAD!" Got that, dude?? PS, Besides that one, another favorite Rickerby I have is the Beech 18 exit shot!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  3. Hi dEd and all, Since it's still 08MAY 'guess Ill do a thread bump or whatever. It's scary enough when I got up this morning I realized that it was 50 years ago today that I made my First ever Parachute Jump!! Yup, 28' double L, 2800', Milt Nobels Cessna 170, Hammond Airport, La., Southland Skydivers, Numan Gill B-1929 was my instructor/ jumpmaster. Good Fun!! And here it is 50 years later. Time sure flyz when yer havin' Fun!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  4. Hi Ripper, After he jumped out of the jet, the wind blast blew open his jacket and some of the money went flying, then he got sucked up by a flying saucer before he deployed his chute and was taken to some far away planet by "Space Aleins!!!" This is just as good a "Theory" as any I've heard.....check out the db cooper thred SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  5. Hi Jerry, Thx for the tip, 'Hard to believe it's been 20 yrs. Every time I "Do the Math!" over the memory of some "event" the numbers scare me!! 'Twaz a few beers ago as I recall I was just past the fence by the swimming pool and look up to see a 20 (or so) way dumping and one jumper was doing a pretty good hum job!! There in the grass in front of the door to Sq. 1 was Allen Richter pointing up at the dirty low puller yelling "Sechler!!..Sechler!!!!" then Mark Sechler comes up behind him, points up over Allens' shoulder and starts yelling "Sechler! Sechler!!" also!! Allen keeps yelling and as he looks over his shoulder and releaizes "He's been had!!" everybody around busted out laughing!!!!! I'll be thinking of ya'll tomorrow, raise a beer for me to Mark and Bobby. SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  6. Hi Lisa, Since we're on chest mount deployments, 'had a few hack when too. Somewhere's around Oct, Nov of 1972 was doing some dives at Otay. 'Had a nice 10 Man organizewd and someone said,"When we get the star, lets break it into a line!!" I start screaming "HELL NO!!!!! we hold the star!! Me and a couple of others can get our SCR!!! AND THERE'S BEER!!!!!" The now late Brady Sanders had his head up his ass, wasn't listening and right after we got the star, he let go!! I cussed him out all the way to dump alt. Then the fun began. Dump about 2.5 and nothing. Gave it a shake, still nothing!! (3 pin mini-system type container "cone lock" on the center pin!) Started going head down , still nothing, and figured I'd roll over on my back and fire my 26' NAVCON chest reserve, as I looked "UP" between my feet to see the sleeve comming off my PC!! "BAM!!" I saw stars!! I had just pulled the reserve handle so only the pilot chute floated out and between the stars I managed to grab it before it got away!!! Not quite the boot heels on the helmit but a head down high speed PC deployment will sure get your attention. Sure beats the dirt!! We got the 10 man but since Brady let go before the 5 second limit, the argument was that it didn't qualify for an SCR!! 'Still pisses me off but I managed to get in on a SCR dive not much later. Ya' have to remember this was when the First Jump Fairy didn't hand out SCR's like candy mints!!! I can still remember the "STARS!!" from that opening! BTW Brady was one of the jumpers on Spike's Beech Taft Crash. SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  7. Hi Spook, Yup, old "2-Shots!" found on old B-4's. 'Ya' know yer old when those were on yer first rig!!" 'Think I saw the movie at Dickie and Marylins' Stumbleseat Tavern at old Elsinore one night after jumpin'. That's "Old Elsinore" alright "AND!" a "Young Dirty Ed!!" Those "Combat RW" scenes bring back some old memories!! Love that shot from inside the A/C looking out at the strut on that Howard!!! 'Loved climbing out hand over hand to out past the jury strut to do a 5-man dangle!!!! Look close at the J/M in the airplane!! Try "Bob Sinclair!!" Blue skies people!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  8. Hi Swoop, If it's too windy to jump what makes one think that "Para-sailing" would be a good idea?? Oh well, the stories abound. I remember hearing a story from some of the guys from the old "Louisiana Skydivers" from Baton Rouge trying to "Para-sail" back when, probably about 1963 or 4. They had rigged up a "disconnect fitting" between the "V" bridle and tow rope. When whoever it was got towed up he was going to pull the release and fly the chute to a target they had set up on the ground. Think Fast now!! About a nanosecond after he pulled the release he realized that it should have been attached to the tow rope instead of the "V" bridle!! BONK!!! The fitting shot straight back and got him right between the runninglights on the forehead!! All he got was stitiches (nice scar!) and one hell of a headache!!! "Plus!" having to explain how all this transpired. Most of todays' jumpers weren't even born yet!!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  9. Hi Sam, Log em' and get em' signed. Nobody but assholes mind signing logs so blow em' off and get someone else to sign. Daze gone by after jumping we'd organize a "Dinner Load" to a near by eatery. eveyone would bring their logs and fill em' out and pass them around the table to get signed. Good fun!! It was 08May 1964 when I made my first jump. Do the math on how long ago. I've logged "ALL" my jumps! I have them all together in an old shoe box. Grab one, any one. Just open it to any page and read the remarks. Yeah, we did that!!! You will remember. SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  10. Hi Vars, 'Where 'ya located, is there a tunnel near by?? (Fill out your info on your profile!) 'Ya can write a song about what you are experiencing,"The old Level IV Bluez!!!" Every jump you make is a new experience and a chalenge. If the Sport was easy, we'd all get bored and take up Bowling Just keep at it! Just think, you're doing 60 second skydives!!! You could be on Staticline doing dummy pulls tryin' to get "Off the Rope!!!" (that was the Old Daze!!) SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  11. Hi Divr!, 'Jerk my chain why don't ya' with that jpg of the Beech in Full Battle Dress!! TEN MAN and/or TEN WAY we did it!! 'Guess it got kinda chilly up there in Ohio during the "Cold Months!!" I remember looking at the OAT Gauge (Outside Air Temp) in the Old Beech at Old Elsinore at 13K one chilly Calif. Dec. Day. It was only -30*F at alt!!. I know you guys had to beat that one by a bunch!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  12. Hi Lucky and all, Go to Steve1's "Scary stories" thread page 10 the 6th entry down, I posted about Ben and Barry Seal's New Years' night dive at Hammond Airport, La., '63-'64. Too much FUN!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  13. Hi Lucky, Yup there have been a few. I posted a couple in Steve1's Scary stories thread. Did one from 12.5K New Years' '68 at Old Elsinore. Me, Frenchie Babineaux, Dale Moench, Gary Douris and Cho, Gus Norberg (pilot) flying Howard 418. I spotted, got out and hung strut. Don't know what was going on in the airplane but someone started yelling GO! GO! so I left, popped my Navy Mk IV, MOD 0 night flare and got a two way with Frenchie. We were waiting for the others to make the "Star" when I looked down past Frenchie's reserve and could see the front porch on that house across Corydon street from the airport. The reason why I could see the front porch and screen door on the front porch so well was the nice little light above the screen door that I could see so well!! Just happened to also see Frenchie's reserve mounted altimeter and the needle was going into the red, 'guessin' about 12 to 1500' HELL it could have been a Grand?? I yelled PULL! pushed Frenchie away and dumped!! Got open did a couple of turns and landed in the pitch black darkness!! Got up, there was frost on the ground and heard Frenchie yell,"Hey Deli, I broke my Leg!!" The spot was out in the field between the covered packing tables and "That House!" 'must have been pretty good, Douris got a night dead center on that pea pit by the packing tables. Finally got Frenchy carted off to the hospital and got all the gear policed up and made it to the Rumble Seat for a beer!! Happy New Year '68!! The face of Old Elsinore has changed, all that's left of the Hanger is the slab, the house across the street is gone and so is the old Rumbleseat. But we did the dive. Oh Yeah, we weren't alowed to have any New Years Eve beer before the jump either!!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  14. Hi N C, Check out some of Carl Boenish's early movies, "Masters of the sky" and "Skydive." I forget which one has some people doing static line jumps from the old "Norsepig!!" Those were from 3 grand!! On low celing daze 3500' at Scare-us-valley, Bob Webb our pilot would do "Torpedo Runs" at the base of the clouds!! We'd launch facing diamonds, donuts and such and "surf the propblast!" for 10 seconds or more!! 'Still get open by 2500'!! SKYDIVE and have fun!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  15. Hi Wendy, The info is there, it's just up to the individual to look at it. One place for some early history is the "Blast from the past" section on the Air Trash web site. The "Scary stories from the old days" thread here on the H & T Forum will raise a few eye brows! Find a copy of "Masters of the Sky!!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  16. Hi Tony, You'll live! You've just encountered one of the hazards of cold weather jumping!! Good gloves are a must, the less porus the better. Among others, tried scuba divers gloves and they worked great!! Good warmth without a lot of bulk. SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  17. Hi Bob, So yer gonna' do AFF!! Yup, a couple of cases of Beer ago Pat Swovelin and I took this AFF-I stu. named Dave Gould on his "First Jump" (this was a couple of years before Tandems came on the scene) he related to us in the debrief,"We got in the door and I was scared sh*tless!! I looked at Bill and he was grinning and nodded OK, then Pat and he was grinning too and nodded Ok! Got to thinkin' what am I scared for? these guys have over 1500 jumps apiece so l'm in good hands and let's have some fun!!" Have a good time guy!! First time I jumped at Elsinore was AUG of 1967, lots of divin' been done there over the years!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  18. Hi WS, Welcome!! Good ya' made the leap, but yer' dealin' with 60 yrs. of "Baggage!!" I started when I was 18, am 68 now. Whufs were always on the other side of the fence. Spent my whole life around Parachutes. besides just Fun Jumpin' I worked with aerospace parachutes. Definitely get up with "POPS" and "SOS!!" And remember like the sayin' in POPS is,"'Ya don't quit Skydivin' cuz ya' get old, 'ya get old cuz 'ya quit Skydivin'!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  19. Hi Irish, Funny how that goes, first one like that I saw was at Old Elsoinore, summer of '77. Do the math on how long ago that was. As Charlie Parker usedta' say,"GO, GO, GO!!...Pilot chute in tow!!!!!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  20. Hi John, 'Got that issue of SDM in my archives. Gear (Surplus) was cheap back then. 'Got my first harness & container B-4 for $10. and the canopy for another $10. Some jumper had a spare sleeeve I got for $5. That was in 1964 in La. 'Gotta remember Gas was .29 cents a gallon and ya' could get a Volkswagen Bug for $1995!! A good job paid $4.00/hr!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  21. Hi Cloudy, "Koch" fittings!! Yup that's them. The "Rocket Jets" are a different animal. Check out Poynters' for fotos. 'Seen rigs using both. Joe Morgan had a really light weight rig way back when, around 68' or so. T/VIII harness, Rocket Jets!! Neat. Rocket Jets had a propensity to separate at the most inopportune times, usually on opening!! They were cute though. Trying to work the Kochs though would usually trap the leather fingers of your gloves which added to the excitement of trying to get your reserve out after you tried to cut away!! SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  22. Hi Demi, 'Just the "Reaper" takin' a couple of "Practice swings!" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  23. Hi Larry, "Apple Valley" Up in "Roy Rogers" Country. SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  24. Hi Krip, The "Pea Gravel" stories abound. Back in the daze of round canopies and Iron Men, down wind landings for the paint can lid in a 15K breeze, broken bonez and what-all, thank the First Jump Fairy for putting the thought in a jumperz head," Hey guyz, how about 'Pea Gravel!!'" 'Remember going to a jump meet at DeRidder, La in Dec '63 (right before I started jumping) and all they had for a target was a plowed up area!! 'Don't remember anyone getting carted off to the Ortho but there was some hellacious landings!! When Southland Skydivers finally got going at Hammond La., we put in a 10 meter pit (5m from disc to the edge) "DON'T MISS!!" then later it got expanded to 30meters!! (15 out from the disc!!) Nice soft washed river peagravel!! Good stuff!! When Leon and Prissie moved the DZ from Hammond to Covington, they took the peas with them!! So reported Prissie!! Those were the daze. Now, out at Raeford, the "Peas" have been replaced with a "Tuffet!!" Wherez "Miss Muffet????" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out
  25. Hi c.t., The plane on the Skies Call is a Lockheed 10E. The plane was last owned by Gene Paul Thacker and Bobby Frierson 1/2-1/2. The plane was at Bobbys' place and an engine caught on fire. As the story told by Gene Paul at the bar at Raeford was that Bobby called him and told him about the fire and said,"The plane caught on fire and 'Your Half Burned Up!'" SCR-2034, SCS-680 III%, Deli-out