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  1. Reminds me of a thread I started back in 1997 - http://tinyurl.com/jvl6q5c Al
  2. Yes it was, and she exited first! Al
  3. Pioneer made the Merlin and I think it was 200 sq. ft. It was jumped for years by my old friend Mike McCarthy who put thousands of CRW jumps on it and most famously used it for his Eiffel Tower jump in 1984. He never replaced the lines, hence the shape of the canopy and was still jumping it in 1985! Al
  4. I jumped a Spirit from 1981 to 1982 having met Bill at Perris in Nov 1980 and been really impressed by him. I believe the first 20 or so Spirits were actually just re-badged Comets until the Spirit came into its own in early 1981. This shot was at Netheravon UK on July 10th 1982 and was just a few hours after I got my BASE number on it with an 'E' on the UK south coast. Handy that the Spirit came with a 42" pilot chute! Al
  5. Forgot I stiil had this - an original Comet brochure! The cover is a shot of the late Frank Donnellan, BASE #12, at Netheravon. Chuck used it for the brochure and gave me one of his custom wallets as payment. The things he used to keep and that wheelchair ... Al
  6. I jumped one for a couple of years and did all my BASE jumps with it. It was actually re-branded a 'Spirit'. This shot is the morning after I'd done my 'B' and 'E' during the previous night. Al
  7. And here's a photo-montage of one I did that was the cover of the national mag in the UK in Dec 1978. Al
  8. Early 1980s canopy. Anyone know where I might be able to get hold of one? It's not for a skydive but for an anniversary ground launch in late February 2011. Please PM me. Thanks. Al
  9. Early 1980s canopy. Anyone know where I might be able to get hold of one? It's not for a skydive but for an anniversary ground launch in late February 2011. Please PM me. Thanks. Al
  10. Here he is at Deland in '86. He used to make a big pot of coffee every morning and you just helped yourself and left money in the 'honour' jar. Bob Hallet had some postcards printed of him and Chet in tandem freefall that he used to send to people. Al
  11. I'm amazed! It was worth posting just to discover you guys are actually in it or were involved! Al
  12. It was filmed, directed and edited by Paul Mitcheltree and there was no copyright stamp on the film, so I think we're OK. Some info here http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/253013. If any probs arise, I'll get it taken down. Al
  13. The film was shown on UK TV in about 1977 when I was hang gliding but not even skydiving at the time! I taped it on VHS but just transferred it digitally quite recently. That film plus a 16mm copy of Mirror Image I had inspired me to take up the sport in 1980 via a rather unusual route! BTW, good to hear from Jim Hooper. You won't remember me but we were on a jump together at Netheravon in the UK in the early 80s. Memories, memories ... Al
  14. Here's a mid 70s film I've posted - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei-tdClLaEE . Quality's not too good, especially the sound, but some history anyway. Al
  15. Andy Callender - he's got loads of old skoole pics on his Facebook page, although the tag on one of these is for Russel Porter. Russel did a few high profile jumps inc one from Centre Point in London dressed as John Major, the Prime Minister at the time Al