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    Jumping at Casa Grande

    I think you mean the Willsey Brothers ... Tommy, Jerry and John Boy, aka The Whiskey Brothers. I think it was Tommy who had a toe transplanted to replace a thumb. I remember seeing photos of the operation around Ghoulidge after the Gulch was shut down. Somewhere, I've got a copy of the Enquirer photos of Cartwright going in. The last photo is a cloud of dust at impact, not far from the palm tree in the next to last shot.
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    What is this Plane (Look Closley)

    The XB-38 was an engine test-bed for Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled engines, should the Wright engines normally used on the B-17 become unavailable.
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    What is this plane #23

    An experimental design for the first generation of tilt-rotor aircraft.
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    Otter operators manual

    What would you consider as "reasonably priced?"
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    What is this plane? #14

    I know ... I know ... I know ... but I ain't saying nothin this time.
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    What is this plane? #13

    Built by DeHavilland.
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    Wait until you find out how many experienced divers won't get into that front tandem harness ... because it IS scary!
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    Operation Jumpfest

    I've still got one of the cloissone pins from Grampa's Jumpfest. It's a bearded old fart jumper under a rainbow square drinking a 7-Up. I don't recall what year it was, but I was flying one of two DC-3s that came for the event, along with a Twin Beech and a Helio-Stallion. I even got a ride in a P-51. Must have been 1988 or 1989.
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    Here's the date and a synopsis of contents of the issue of Parachutist reporting his death. Issue #17: 03/03/1981 Raible Heads South; Riggers Insurance; Rigger Training; Careless Tacking; Riggers Convention; Details of WSCR Award Given; Skydivers Jump California Bridge; Royal Gorge Jumps Continue; Parachutist Joins Balloon Record; Canopy Soaring; Club Sells Bonds to Finance Improvements; Skyvan Bust Becomes Helicopter Heyday; Upside Down Skydiving Made Easy; Gear Ad Stirs Controversy; Jumpers Welcome on Phillipine Islands; Para-Gear Needs Photos; Mr Douglas DC-3 Sold; Decontrol Ups Avgas Prices; Pioneer Unveils 20 Foot Reserve; Manufacturers Invited to Riggers Convention; Georgia Council Makes Plans for 1981; Another Turboprop DC-3 Built; Ripcord Switch Raises Questions; Advanced Air Sports Now Owned Solely by Handbury; USPA Changes Nationals Rules; Janousek Makes 3000th; M Anderson Jenkins Drowns; New DZ Opens in Florida; Para-Flite Rounds Some Safety Flyers; Colorado Gets Beech; Boenish Announces BASE Award for Fixed Object Jumps
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    The Jesus Toggle

    AKA as the last hope rope, or the Jesus Cord, and Top Secrets weren't the first, or only, rig to use them.
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    What is this canopy? #7

    Ah ... the Rogallo parawing minus the OSI. I'd guess that one is vintage late 60s/early 70s.
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    What is this plane? #11

    I'm guessing wildly, but that airplane looks like something like an Aeronca, later Bellanca, Scout. A second guess would be that its a jump for the tv show Ripcord. Seems I recall reading somewhere about an airplane modified for camera work used around Hollywierd ... might have belonged to TallMantz Aviation. Frank Tallman and Paul Mantz had a hand in a lot of film/television stuff utilizing a number of airplanes. Mantz was killed flying the homebuilt that appears in the end of the original "Flight of the Phoenix" starring Jimmy Stewart. Tallman was in his 80s when his airplane flew into the side of a mountain in California some years ago.
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    "Back in the day..."

    Its merely a polite way of saying, "no shit, there I was ... !"
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    Where & When? #2

    Delta II and a 23-foot tri-conical.