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  1. I also had a West Berlin experience back in 1988 but not as noteworthy as yours. While stationed with the US Army in West Germany, I jumped twice into the 1936 Olympic Stadium with the British Army of the Rhine Parachute Team in celebration of the British/American/French Armed Forces Day in West Berlin. Prior to being stationed in Germany I was on the 82nd Airborne Team. To this day, I have no idea how the Brits found me and invited me to participate. The view from above was spectacular and sad at the same time. Two years later when I was a civilian living in Germany, the Wall came down and thousands of refugees poured into West Germany. It was a great time to be alive!!
  2. Thanks for putting a huge smile on my face! I had to wipe my coffee off the screen!
  3. I spent an hour rereading all the memories posted about Chris. Sad & Fun... Blue Skies my old friend!
  4. Thanks for the update, Wendy. I'm glad I saved a 'short' copy about two years ago. It runs from about 1302 to 1FB1401
  5. Concrete Rebound Hammer still refuses to obey the laws of nature, third world nations and DZ.com moderators.
  6. Bump! If it can't be done, Concrete Rebound Hammer can!!
  7. Loving it! Great read that's bringing back lots of old memories. Can't wait for the next one! Cheers
  8. In addition to all the above, get to know the packers and riggers at your DZ. Spend some time being the curious rookie and learn about your gear. (eager puppy emoji)
  9. I'm sure someone out there has a photo?
  10. I think the boogies tend to spring up and grow then die off. Then another one comes along so keep an eye out, we're probably due for a new one soon. Let's keep hoping! FB1371 - 1983 ____________________________________ I'm back in the USA!!
  11. Some of the things that do carry over are attention to detail and your PLF training. My PLF training has saved me from countless injuries! I've watch way to many broken/sprained joints that a simple PLF would have avoided. Airborne!! ____________________________________ I'm back in the USA!!
  12. Another version. One to change it. The second one to say, "I could've done that!" ____________________________________ I'm back in the USA!!
  13. Really. Then tell me, how would you reply if I'd shout "Hey @$$hole" at you under canopy? Every CRW Dawg in the formation would sound off with a thunderous, "What!" ____________________________________ I'm back in the USA!!
  14. 82nd Airborne Club converted over to Strato Clouds in 1984. Don't know when they went with square reserves. Helicopter pilots don't need (or just don't bother with) no stinking pilot rigs. ____________________________________ I'm back in the USA!!
  15. Fury 220! Put 800 jumps on it with no malfunctions. It always opened cleanly and on heading in 400~450 feet. Lost it after a cutaway doing CRW. ____________________________________ I'm back in the USA!!
  16. Beats my 41! I only had 79 jumps at the 1983 Freak Brothers Convention. I exited last and solo only to see 4 10 ways in progress below me and directly between me and the DZ. I turned slightly right and tracked my ass off down the runway until pull time. Fun! ____________________________________ I'm back in the USA!!
  17. We used to call that one, "Sock in a Dryer!" ____________________________________ I'm back in the USA!!
  18. I'm former Airborne as well. Knowing how to PLF has allowed me to walk away only slightly bruised from landings that would have left my friends with broken arms and legs. The advice about running/stepping off a low enough platform to PLF or run it out sounded like the best solution. Best of luck! ____________________________________ I'm back in the USA!!
  19. 4 in 155! If this was contest, that's hard to beat! ____________________________________ I'm back in the USA!!
  20. On my dad's side, my great-grandfather was born in 1848 (d:1930) but my grandfather was born in 1918! He must have a randy old geezer! Oh yes! His wife was 20 when my grandfather was born. My dad was 1939. Me 1963 and my twins in 2004. Only five generations in 156 years. ____________________________________ I'm back in the USA!!
  21. Great job! ____________________________________ I'm back in the USA!!