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  1. Yes, feet. and I didn't think para gear would still carry pack opening bands Thanks
  2. TV show Ripcord used one, but then$$$ talks
  3. what about the czechoslovakian stewardess? 30,000' got sucked out of blown door. Landed in Mediterranean next to fishing boat. 6 mo. in hospital
  4. Hi, I just got a 27" RPC, 1972 in great shape. It has a sleeve, I am looking for a bag or POD for it. Any ideas? I used to jump one with a POD 1973-5, no problems. Also any ideas where I can get pack opening bands for the Pioneer 3 pin it came with? Thanks, Van
  5. Please, more details abut injuries etc.
  6. To an old dog that is the heavenly smell of memories
  7. Stopped using Ben-Gay when I grabbed it in the dark instead of KY.
  8. T10 in 83? wow, I had a square reserve by 1980 3 yrs earlier. 5 decades for me. 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s. 28' telsan tern when I started in 1973. Wow I am old, but at least I was only 16 when I started.
  9. I used to tight spiral all the way down with full opposite rudder to create the most form/parasitic drag possible. Would drop like a rock while keeping the airspeed low.
  10. He doesn't jump, the earth propels away from him.
  11. Years ago, early 70s, Sha-Wan-Ga NY DZ, Hudson Valley Skydivers C-182 had a Kicker Plate instead of a handle on the inside, worked great. Convex side facing interior.
  12. Your not being anal at all. 35 years ago my brother, myself and 2 of my friends from the Marines entered a 4 way Comp at Ellington Conn. You had to have a C license or at least 100 jumps. my friend Tom had 93, so we penned in another 10. I had the most experience at 600 jumps so I was the team Capt. It was wicked windy, I was spotting, took it really long. Got out, dive went ok, at break off I saw we were still really far out so I opened as soon as I could. I was the high guy and the only one to make it back to the DZ. We were all ok except for Tom, he landed behind a barn and slammed in breaking his back. To this day he is mostly paralyzed from the waist down. He never blamed me, but I sure did. Would another 10 jumps have changed things? I don't know. But I do know I would give anything for a second chance. And to show that God has a sense of humor, our team name was "Special Olympics"
  13. How about the closest to NYC. to revive an old thread.
  14. Today at the Drs. waiting room I started leafing thru a few month old copy of "Outside" mag. It was a short article on body mounted go pros dangers, pretty good, there are some after market mounts that do things like require drilling a 3 foot pole to a helmet. And listing injuries like it snaging on a tree as the biker rode past. Almost broke his neck. Also listed a BASE fatality from MOAB bridge, bridle snaging on a foot long go pro chest extension. They quoted info gleaned from DROPZONE.COM and a few people by name listing both. So we should beware of what we say. Just a reminder that what we say here goes directly to the plaintiffs lawyer.
  15. vanair

    IRS Lawyer

    27k according to them.
  16. vanair

    IRS Lawyer

    I don't believe all that " you'll only have to pay pennies on the dollar" crap. ads.
  17. vanair

    IRS Lawyer

    I need help, anyone know a tax lawyer in NJ?
  18. One time years ago when his wife got out of bed to go to the bathroom, my brother sat on her pillow and let out a huge one, then pretended to be asleep. Took her a second after laying back down but then all hell broke loose. Still married, go figure.
  19. Usually suspended from the ceiling in a basket with the bottom cut out. or similar devise.