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  • Bernie Sanders Might Skydive Into His Campaign Rally

    06/03/2016 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 96 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 3, 2016 | Alex Griswold
    You didn’t misread that headline: Bernie Sanders might enter his Friday rally in Cloverville, California by skydiving in. NorCal Skydiving told Bay-area newspaper The Press Democrat that they were approached by a Sanders campaign staffer Wednesday about the possibility of making an entrance from the sky. The following day, a campaign staffer went skydiving as a sort of practice run, but there’s still no word about whether they’ll go through with the idea.
  • Caught On Video: Skydiver Suffers Seizure During Jump Before Instructor Pulls Ripcord, Saving Him

    03/02/2015 3:51:00 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 13 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal ^ | 03/01/15 | sanfrancisco.cbslocal
    SAN BRUNO (CBS SF) — A skydiver posted video of himself having a seizure during a jump that quickly racked up views on YouTube. The diver posted the video on San Bruno-based YouTube under the username Nomadic Adrenaline showing what he describes as “possibly the scariest moment of my life.”
  • A Google Exec Just Beat The World Record For Highest-Altitude Jump From The Stratosphere

    10/25/2014 11:23:49 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 27 replies
    Business Insider Via ^ | 10/24/2014 | JILLIAN D'ONFRO
    Google senior vice president Alan Eustace just beat the world record for highest-altitude space jump, The New York Times reports. A helium-filled balloon carried him 135,908 feet to nearly the top of the stratosphere — more than 25 miles — above the ground, before he cut himself loose and plunged toward the earth at speeds that peaked at more than 800 miles per hour.
  • Skydiver one off 222 Parachuting Together Dies During Record Bid

    04/04/2014 12:12:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Reuters-YouTube Video ^ | April 4, 2014 | Staff
    YouTube:Skydiver Dies During Record Bid One of 222 parachutists looking to break a record probably of most people to parachute in one jump (they don't say exactly what the record was for) died as a result of her malfunctioning main parachute that opened too low for the reserve to release properly. Diana Paris of Berlin was an said to have been an experienced skydiver. When making a deliberate attempt for a controlled landing while jumping out of a plane you can never be too prepared, I suppose.
  • San Jose skydiver dies after falling out of harness

    08/26/2013 4:18:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 64 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 08/26/2013 | Woodland Daily Democrat
    A skydiver has died after he fell out of his parachute harness during a jump at SkyDance Skydiving in Davis. Yolo County sheriff's Sgt. Hector Bautista says the 23-year-old man made the jump in Davis over the Yolo County Airport at about 6 p.m. Saturday. He died at a hospital. His name hasn't been released but Bautista says he was an experienced skydiver who lived in San Jose. Yolo County officials said they were sent to the scene around 6 p.m. Deputies located the body of the deceased skydiver about 1 mile southeast of the SkyDance drop zone. His canopy...
  • Wounded warrior makes final jump

    10/22/2013 2:00:10 PM PDT · by SZonian · 1 replies
    Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs ^ | 10/18/2013 | Capt. Victoria Porto
    HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- One by one, Airmen from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron lined up at the back of a C-130, paused, then stepped off the aircraft Oct. 16, completing their free fall training jump into the picturesque water of Florida's Emerald Coast. For Staff Sgt. Johnnie Yellock Jr., this jump was two years and 28 surgeries in the making. In 2011, Yellock, a 23rd STS combat controller, was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While on a mission checking Afghan local police outposts, his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. "When I opened...
  • North Korea carries out parachute drills on Chinese border(photo inside)

    04/11/2013 8:05:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    SCMP ^ | 12 April, 2013 | Teddy Ng
    North Korea carries out parachute drills on Chinese border 12 April, 2013 Teddy Ng North Korean soldiers parachute over the North Korean town of Sinuiju in a photo taken from the border city of Dandong. Photo: Kyodo North Korean soldiers carried out parachute drills along the border with China yesterday as Taiwan's government became the first to urge its citizens to delay visiting South Korea. More than 50 North Korean soldiers conducted drills for about two hours in Sinuiju, which neighbours Dandong, Liaoning province, Kyodo News Agency reported.
  • Member of SEAL Team 6 killed, another SEAL injured in parachute accident

    03/29/2013 2:57:44 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 50 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 29, 2013 | Jim MIklaszweski and Courtney Kube
    <p>A Navy SEAL from the elite SEAL TEAM 6 was killed and another SEAL injured Thursday night during a parachute training accident in Marana, Arizona, the military said. Details of the accident are not immediately available.</p> <p>One SEAL was pronounced dead on arrival at the University of Arizona Hospital. The second remains hospitalized in stable condition.</p>
  • YouTube Broken by Space Jump

    10/14/2012 11:50:11 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 24 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | Aurelius has gone down thanks to Felix Baumgartner's historic jump from space. YouTube hosted Mr. Baumgartner's jump live and was sponsored by Red Bull. At its height, there were more than 7.5 Million people watching the same video at once. When Mr. Baumgartner was about to touch down after a successful jump, the site began to experience problems. A few minutes after, the entire website is having a server error, leading people to receive this message when they try to go to YouTube: Members of Twitter quickly took to the site to comment on YouTube's crash.
  • 90-year-old Maine man skydives for first time (VIDEO)

    07/16/2012 2:25:49 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 10 replies
    WTOP ^ | July 16, 2012 | AP
    PITTSFIELD, Maine (AP) - A Maine man who learned how to use a parachute as a Navy pilot during World War II has finally made his first jump _ at age 90. Lester Slate of Exeter jumped out of a plane for the first time on Sunday at Pittsfield Airport and was guided to the ground by a tandem jumper, and accompanied by another skydiver trailing a U.S. flag. The jump was a 90th birthday present to himself. More than 50 family and friends watched.
  • Jillian Winoker Talked Husband David Winoker into Fatal Skydiving Accident

    06/18/2012 11:51:59 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    OPPOSING VIEWS ^ | June 18, 2012 | D Allen
    Manhattan real estate investor David Winoker died with sky diving instructor Alexander Chulsky on Friday during a failed tandem parachute jump in Ulster County, New York, when their parachute did not open.
  • Cops deflate parachuters' plans for tower leap

    06/12/2012 3:25:45 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/12/12 | O"Ryan Johnson
    Two New Hampshire men determined to make parachute jumps off a Newton communications tower hundreds of feet high were nabbed by cops before they could take the dangerous plunge over the weekend. Tighe Crumb, 31, of Salem, N.H., and Thomas Becker, 28, of Derry, N.H., were charged with trespassing, disturbing the peace and wanton destruction of property after police spotted them climbing up the tower at about 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, police said. Both men had parachutes and helmets on. Crumb also had a video camera on his helmet, police said. Reached at home yesterday, Crumb acknowledged the pair were...
  • Stephanie Miller Show: Obama Haters Should Try 'Jumping Out of a Plane Without a Parachute

    03/16/2012 6:26:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 3/16/12 | Tim Graham
    On Friday’s Stephanie Miller show, the host was typically adoring Obama’s snarky remarks about how the conservatives are flat-earthers when it comes to the awesome potential for green energy solutions. The forward-thinkers and the scientific minds hand over a half-billion dollars to Solyndra, apparently. Unfortunately for Miller, her sidekick Jim Ward (who does impressions), completely lost his cool and said Obama’s critics “should test the alleged laws of gravity by jumping out of a plane without a parachute.” It’s another Playtex bottle of the milk of human kindness from liberal talk radio. MILLER: Yeah I think the President got off...
  • Two Skydivers Die in Nevada After Parachute Fails to Open

    10/09/2011 10:37:19 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 77 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 10, 2011 | NewsCore
    MESQUITE, Nev, – A 71-year-old student skydiver and her experienced instructor died Sunday after their parachute failed to open properly about 85 miles northeast of Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The pair jumped in tandem shortly before noon over Mesquite, Nev. Police said after their main parachute failed to deploy, the instructor -- aged in his 60s with nearly 11,000 jumps to his name -- tried to open a back-up chute, but it was tangled and did not deploy properly.
  • Army stops using parachute after death

    07/13/2011 5:14:20 PM PDT · by Flavius · 29 replies
    upi ^ | July 13, 2011 | upi
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., July 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army is suspending use of a new square parachute after a soldier at Fort Bragg, N.C., died in a training jump. The T-11 parachutes, which have been phased in since 2009, had been considered safer than older models, but Staff Sgt. Jamal Clay of the 82nd Airborne Division fell to his death June 25 when his failed. Read more:
  • Plummeting death reform epic fail! (Funny Cartoon!)

    12/14/2010 10:50:32 AM PST · by mainestategop
    YOUTUBE ^ | Mainestategop Inspired by the cartoon plummeting death reform by Bolshevik cartoonist Mark Fiore. It shows what happened when we DID PULL THE RIPCORD OF SOCIALISM AND TYRANNY! We could have supported ground softening corporations instead! ^_^

    04/04/2010 8:19:30 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 557+ views ^ | April 4, 2010, 10:30 IST | n/a “Al-Qaeda urges UK fanatics to build DIY cruise missiles” Sunday, April 4, 2010,10:30 [IST] SNIPPET: “London, Apr 4(ANI): Fears of a terror attack during the UK General Election have been further fueled by reports that the Al-Qaeda has urged British fanatics to build DIY cruise missiles to attack passenger jets. According to reports, an Al-Qaeda website explains how to build missiles with solid fuel engines using operating manuals for the Russian 107mm Katyusha rocket. Numerous links are also available for guides to make explosives, including C4 plastic explosive, acetone peroxide and TNT. The same site was used to explain...
  • A Supersonic Jump, From 23 Miles in the Air

    03/16/2010 1:21:25 AM PDT · by UAConservative · 20 replies · 804+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 15, 2010 | John Tierney
    Ordinarily, Felix Baumgartner would not need a lot of practice in the science of falling. He has jumped off two of the tallest buildings in the world, as well as the statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro (a 95-foot leap for which he claimed a low-altitude record for parachuting). He has sky-dived across the English Channel. He once plunged into the black void of a 623-foot-deep cave, which he formerly considered the most difficult jump of his career. But now Fearless Felix, as his fans call him, has something more difficult on the agenda: jumping from a helium balloon...
  • Yom Kippur War’s Miracle Parachute Survival Story

    12/20/2009 1:06:34 PM PST · by Tzvi · 4 replies · 759+ views
    Israel National News ^ | December 20, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyhahu
    Benny Ben-Dror parachuted from an exploding helicopter in the Yom Kippur War and miraculously survived. Ben-Dror had kept his survival story secret from the public until now. “I was discharged from the IDF in August '73,” explains Ben-Dror, who is now 58, “and one Saturday morning in October I got a call: ‘There’s going to be a war. Come.’”
  • Minn. Marine killed during parachute training

    12/05/2009 7:54:37 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 31 replies · 3,958+ views ^ | 12/5/09 | AP
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Military officials say a decorated Marine from Minnesota has been killed in a parachute training exercise at Camp Pendleton. A Marine Corps statement says Corporal Ryan L. Pape died Thursday night from injuries sustained during a low-level static line jump.
  • Arizona man dies after parachuting from cell tower

    12/05/2009 4:41:55 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 63 replies · 3,097+ views
    CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Authorities say a Tucson man has died after parachuting from a cell phone tower at night and hitting high-voltage power lines. Pinal County sheriff's Lt. Tamatha Villar says 23-year-old Darrell Dunafon and two friends broke into a cell tower site about 30 miles south of Phoenix on Friday night and were parachuting off the approximately 400-foot-tall antennae. Dunafon's parachute became tangled in nearby 12,000-volt power lines and he was shocked with a live wire.
  • Skydiver Falls to Death near Murrieta

    11/12/2009 8:43:39 AM PST · by Chet 99 · 28 replies · 1,647+ views
    MURRIETA -- Two people watched in horror as a 40-year-old skydiver fell to his death during a jump near Murrieta, according to authorities. The man, from Boston, Massachusetts, landed on the driveway of a home in the 38000 block of Calle de Lobo near Avenida Arboles in the rural La Cresta area shortly around 4:50 p.m. Wednesday and was pronounced dead a short time later, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Two witnesses were standing less than 100 feet away at the time of the fall, said Sgt. John Kaiser, of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The man's parachute...
  • Skydiving Accident Kills Two in Ohio

    09/21/2009 6:12:03 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 41 replies · 1,978+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 9/21/2009 | Staff
    GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio — Authorities say a parachute failed to fully open during a tandem jump at a northwestern Ohio skydiving center, killing an instructor and his student. Witnesses say instructor Daniel Mathie and student Sierra Thomas spiraled to the ground Saturday night. They landed in a field near the Cleveland Parachute Center and were pronounced dead at the scene.
  • Parachute fails to open, kills 2 skydivers in Ohio

    09/21/2009 8:51:44 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 38 replies · 2,860+ views
    abclocal ^ | September 21, 2009
    Authorities in Ohio say a parachute failed to fully open during a tandem jump at skydiving center, killing an instructor and his student. Witnesses on the ground say instructor Daniel Mathie and student Sierra Thomas spiraled to the ground Saturday night.
  • Skydiver Survives 10,000 Foot Fall Onto a Roof After Parachute Problems - Video

    08/30/2009 6:49:05 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 16 replies · 1,789+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 30, 2009 | Michael
    Here is video of a skydiver who fell 10,000 feet onto a metal roof that helped break his fall. The skydiver's main parachute didn't fully open and when he tried to use his reserve parachute it came untangled. He survived with "bruises, nerve damage, and a dislocated neck." (Watch Video)
  • Free Fall From Near Space (On This Date: August 16, 1960)

    08/16/2009 10:10:03 AM PDT · by Wardenclyffe · 18 replies · 1,112+ views ^ | July 19, 2006 | Daniel Lew
    On August 16, 1960, Kittinger made his most famous free-fall. In this flight, he made it up to an altitude of 102,800 feet, breaking a previous record made by David Simons during Project Man High. He stayed at this altitude for about 12 minutes, which must have been very unpleasant – not only was it as cold as 94 minus Fahrenheit, but he had a severe pain in his right hand from a malfunctioning pressurized glove. Then, he jumped. He fell for almost five minutes before reaching a safe altitude to open his main parachutes and float down to the...
  • How a Raindrop Is Like an Exploding Parachute

    07/27/2009 1:21:16 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 622+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 20 July 2009 | Karen C. Fox
    Enlarge ImageBoom! A drop of water flies apart in midair. Credit: Emmanuel Villermaux Here's a question for a rainy day: How do clouds create such a wide variety of raindrop sizes? The answer, according to stunning new high-speed movies, is much simpler than physicists thought. The idea has been that raindrops grow as they gently bump into each other and coalesce. Meanwhile, more forceful collisions break other drops apart into a scattering of smaller droplets. All this action would explain the wide distribution of shapes and sizes. But trying to unravel how the drops crash and break up led...
  • Happy Birthday: Elder Bush ready for latest skydive

    06/12/2009 4:11:03 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 613+ views
    bizjournals ^ | June 11, 2009, | Greg Barr
    President George H.W. Bush is set to soar through the heavens yet again. The octogenarian former Commander-in-Chief and 41st U.S. president will strap on a parachute for a tandem skydive June 12 to celebrate his 85th birthday. Bush will leap out of an aircraft with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team in the skies above Kennebunkport, Maine, joined by Robin Meade, a news anchor with HLN, the cable news channel affiliated with CNN formerly known as Headline News.
  • Headline News' Robin Meade To Tandem Jump With George H.W. Bush For His 85th Birthday

    06/09/2009 5:22:12 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 26 replies · 3,901+ views
    Chatterbox ^ | June 9, 2009
    — George H.W. Bush is going to celebrate his 85th birthday Friday in style. Bush Sr., is a veteran skydiver has made some tough jumps especially as a 20-year-old Navy pilot in World War II when he was shot down over the Pacific. But the sky dive he will make on his birthday should be a lot more fun with Headline News anchor Robin Meade strapped to him for a tandem jump. I guess this will be George’s ‘Private Stimulus Package.’ In return Meade will get to interview Bush Sr. before they make the jump. “It is both a thrill...
  • Extreme Skier Shane McConkey Dies in Base Jumping Accident

    03/27/2009 1:01:01 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 106 replies · 8,262+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3-27-2009
    Friday, March 27, 2009 Print ShareThisCanadian extreme skier and base jumper, Shane McConkey, died Thursday following a ski-base accident that ocurred while filming his latest movie in Italy, the Inquisitr reported. McConkey, 39, experienced problems in the air after jumping off of a cliff in the expectation that he would be able to detach his skis and deploy his parachute, thus enabling him to glide safely to the ground, according to the Inquisitr. According to a witness, one of McConkey's skis failed to detach causing him to spin out of control and ultimately prevented him from deploying his parachute, the...
  • Arizona Parachutist Dies While Jumping From Mountain Base (Potential Darwin Award winner)

    02/16/2009 7:36:39 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 35 replies · 1,728+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/16/09 | Mikey_1962
    PHOENIX — A parachutist jumping from a mountain base in Arizona died after falling 250 feet with a chute that apparently failed to open. Dispatchers received a 911 call around 2 p.m. Sunday that a parachutist had been injured after jumping off a mountain base near Saguaro Lake northeast of Phoenix, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Matteson said
  • First-time skydiver deals with instructor's death, lands safely

    02/02/2009 3:09:32 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 1,114+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Feb. 02, 2009 | April Bethea
    He learned to steer a chute – fast. Hanging from a parachute thousands of feet above the ground, Daniel Pharr needed to find a way to land safely. He was on his first sky-diving jump, and he and his instructor were strapped together on the same parachute. But shortly after they leaped from the airplane at 13,500 feet, the instructor wasn't responding to Pharr's questions. George “Chip” Steele had had a medical emergency. Pharr was on his own. Pharr said he didn't panic. It would do him no good, he thought. Instead, he reached above his head for the toggles...
  • Paratrooper Dies After Accident

    01/29/2009 5:50:53 PM PST · by driftdiver · 66 replies · 1,753+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | Jan 29, 2009 | Valerie Kalfrin
    TAMPA - A Special Operations paratrooper died this afternoon after a jump went wrong and he landed in a lake at Gadsen Park. Air Force Col. Larry Martin said the soldier was participating in parachute training. He would not identify the U.S. Army paratrooper. The training is a normal operation that goes on every few weeks at MacDill Air Force Base, Martin said. The incident in under investigation and the 6th Air Mobility Wing has convened an interim safety board to collect evidence, officials say. Because of the ongoing investigation, Martin declined to comment on how Thursday's training session went...
  • Regulator Plans to Bar Big Severance (No golden parachutes for Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac CEOs)

    09/15/2008 1:24:07 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 199+ views
    The Wall Street Journal (excerpt) (subscription required) ^ | September 15, 2008 | James R. Hagerty
    Excerpt - The regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said Sunday that it won't allow the companies to make "golden parachute" severance payments to the mortgage companies' ousted chief executive officers. In a statement, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said such payments wouldn't be made to Daniel Mudd and Richard Syron, despite provisions in their contracts. Mr. Mudd served as chief executive of Fannie and Mr. Syron was chairman and CEO of Freddie until last weekend, when the regulator seized control of the companies, saying they were in danger of running out of capital. ~ snip ~
  • President's Proclamation for National Airborne Day, Aug. 16

    08/16/2008 7:00:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies · 368+ views
    DefenseLink News Article ^ | August 16, 2008 | W
    President's Proclamation for National Airborne Day, Aug. 16 WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2001 – Sixty-one years ago, 48 brave volunteer members of the U.S. Army Parachute Test Platoon pioneered a new method of warfare. Their successful jump led to the creation of a mighty force of more than 100,000 paratroopers. Members of this force were assigned to the legendary 11th, 13th, 17th, 82d and 101st Airborne Divisions and numerous other units that fought in every theater during World War II. The soldiers of the Parachute Test Platoon also forged a unique warrior spirit, a relentless passion for victory, and a reputation...
  • Pilot Leaves Controls To Rescue Tangled SkyDiver

    07/21/2008 6:30:59 AM PDT · by Devilinbaggypants · 25 replies · 147+ views
    A British soldier and jump instructor participating in a parachute competition in Germany got hung up on the landing gear of his jump aircraft, reportedly a Britten-Norman Islander, and was rescued by the only person left on the aircraft -- its pilot...
  • Riverside Deputy's Fatal Parachute Accident Probed

    06/22/2008 11:51:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies · 128+ views
    cbs2 ^ | Jun 22, 2008 9:08 am US/Pacific
    LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. An investigation continued Sunday into the death of a 39-year-old parachuting instructor and off-duty deputy sheriff who died when his parachute failed to open Saturday morning near Lake Elsinore. Richard Alvin Schindler, a deputy sheriff with the South-West Detention Center and a part-time instructor at Skydive Lake Elsinore, was discovered around noon at 20701 Cereal St., according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Sheriff's officials say deputies responded to a report of an accident at Sky Dive of Lake Elsinore Inc. late Saturday morning. Schindler was executing his fourth jump of the day when his primary parachute...
  • Man jumps from plane with no parachute, dies

    06/07/2008 11:02:20 PM PDT · by Westlander · 31 replies · 397+ views
    AP ^ | 6-7-2008 | AP
    DUANESBURG, N.Y. - A 29-year-old man leaped out of a plane at 10,000 feet with a camera but no parachute Saturday. His body was found next to a house with a damaged roof, police said. Sloan Carafello of Schenectady, who was observing on the flight, followed an instructor, student and videographer out the door, wearing no skydiving gear, officials said.
  • Attack Wing: Glider Makes Waves With Stealth and Speed [Personal Gryphon Attack Glider]

    04/29/2008 3:09:10 PM PDT · by OnRightOnLeftCoast · 15 replies · 151+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4.24.08 | Allison Barrie
    It weighs only 30 pounds and can be fully weaponized for assault and rescue. It has a 6-foot jet-wing that is steered with handheld rotary controls connected to its rudder. And it can hide more than 100 pounds of combat gear in a built-in compartment. The Gryphon attack glider, designed to penetrate combat zones at 135 miles per hour, could revolutionize the art of parachuting. It has got to be at the top of James Bond’s Christmas list this year. Click here to see video of the Gryphon glider in action.
  • Parachute found; was it D.B. Cooper's?

    03/25/2008 6:39:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 3,004+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/08 | AP
    SEATTLE - The FBI says it's analyzing a torn, tangled parachute found by children in Washington state to see whether it was used by plane hijacker D.B. Cooper. Officials said Tuesday that children playing outside their home near Amboy, in southwest Washington, found the chute sticking up from the ground this month. FBI agent Larry Carr says they pulled on the fabric as much as they could, then cut the ropes. They had seen recent media coverage of the Cooper case and urged their father to call the FBI. Cooper hijacked a plane from Portland, Ore., to Seattle in 1971,...
  • FBI: Tattered parachute found in north Clark County may have been D.B. Cooper's (WA)

    03/25/2008 3:48:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 142 replies · 4,421+ views
    The Columbian ^ | March 25, 2008 | Tom Vogt
    FBI agents in Seattle are examining a tattered parachute found recently in north Clark County, looking for evidence that it might have been used by legendary skyjacker D.B. Cooper. The 'chute was found by children living near the center of the jump zone where the skyjacker bailed out of the 727 jetliner with $200,000 in cash in 1971, never to be heard from again. Larry Carr, a special agent in the FBI's Seattle office, said the property owner was putting in a road on the site and his tractor blade uncovered some cloth. The children pulled out the canopy until...
  • Navy SEAL Found Dead On Golf Course (Parachuting)

    02/13/2008 5:00:34 PM PST · by decimon · 58 replies · 1,097+ views
    KPHO ^ | February 13, 2008 | Unknown
    CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- A Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL was found dead Wednesday morning on a golf course in Casa Grande. The SEAL, whose name was not released, was a Special Warfare Operator from Hampton Roads, Va. He died while conducting a parachute training operation out of Marana, about 30 miles south of Phoenix. The body was found near one of the greens shortly after 7 a.m. by a Mission Royale Golf Course maintenance worker on his morning rounds. Casa Grande police said the Navy arrived immediately to retrieve the body. "I was just coming out of the garage and...
  • Flying Humans, Hoping to Land With No Chute

    12/09/2007 11:48:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 67 replies · 1,255+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 10, 2007 | MATT HIGGINS
    Jeb Corliss wants to fly — not the way the Wright brothers wanted to fly, but the way we do in our dreams. He wants to jump from a helicopter and land without using a parachute. And his dream, strange as it sounds, is not unique. Around the globe, Mr. Corliss said, at least a half-dozen groups — in France, South Africa, New Zealand, Russia and the United States — have the same goal in mind. Although nobody is waving a flag, the quest has evoked the spirit of nations’ pursuits of Everest and the North and South Poles. “All...
  • Officials Test Improved Parachute System (Blood on the Risers)

    03/26/2007 5:01:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 34 replies · 1,117+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | Debi Dawson
    Paratroopers, riggers, jumpmasters will make more than 3,200 test jumps. FORT BELVOIR, Va., March 26, 2007 – The Program Executive Office Soldier is testing a new parachute system that the Army plans to use to replace the system in use since the 1950s. The new parachutes address increased weight requirements and provide additional safety benefits. Beginning in 2008, all T-10 parachutes in the Army inventory for more than 50 years will be replaced with the Advanced Tactical Parachute System T-11. Although the T-10 is a proven system, today's paratroopers face increased requirements beyond the T-10's design. Paratroopers are required to...
  • Video of Skydiver's fall and survival plus interview.

    02/13/2007 5:26:10 PM PST · by amchugh · 44 replies · 3,073+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12th February 2007 | Stephen D'Antal
    Video from the helmet camera of British skydiver Michael Holmes. It shows him plummeting 12,000ft to earth after both his parachutes failed, saying goodbye to the world... and hitting the ground with a sickening thud at 80mph. Michael's friend, who jumped from the same plane, also filmed the whole event. He found his pal bleeding and unconscious - but alive.
  • Knight Skies Begin Tuesday (in Yuma @YPG)

    01/16/2007 7:53:53 AM PST · by USMCWife6869 · 152+ views
    Yuma Sun ^ | January 14, 2007 | James Gilbert
    Members of the U.S. Army's elite precision parachute team will be dropping in on Yuma Proving Ground's Cox field beginning Tuesday... ...Weather permitting, about 60 Knights will jump Mondays through Fridays through early March, said Chuck Wullenjohn, YPG spokesman. And this season, as in the past 31 winters, the public is invited to come out and see the Knights practice. Jumps take place typically from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., said Wullenjohn, who advises people to come out earlier in the day when weather conditions are more favorable for parachuting. "They jump frequently throughout the day, so people can come...
  • Lidle Cirrus

    10/11/2006 4:12:46 PM PDT · by pgobrien · 25 replies · 1,630+ views
    FAA ^ | 11OCT06 | FAA
  • USAF, USN, NASA Photos of the Day: Flare-Dazzle. Falling. Surfacing. Oil. Saving a 4-day-old baby!

    09/19/2006 10:54:54 PM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 2 replies · 2,402+ views
    United States Air Force (Air Force Link - Photos) ^ | December 5, 2002 | Senior Airman Greg Davis
    Photo #1. Somewhere on planet Earth a USAF C-141B Starlifter Cargo and Troop Transport lights up the sky with a spectacular and awesome flare release. USAF Image ID: 021205-O-9999G-017. PhotographerSenior Airman Greg Davis, United States Air Force Courtesies (photo as sized above, ALT text, caption info) Photo #2. Italy, August 28, 2006: A Member of Explosive Ordnance Mobile Unit Eight (EODMU-8) practices static line parachute proficiency operations with combat equipment on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, Italy. USN Image ID: 060828-N-3572Z-025. PhotographerMass Communication Specialist Seaman Chad Zenthoefer, United States Navy Courtesies (caption) (picture as sized above, ALT text)...
  • Man survives 1 000m fall-(3280ft)-prayed on the way down)

    08/21/2006 6:23:16 AM PDT · by Flavius · 83 replies · 3,694+ views
    news24 ^ | 21/08/2006 | Danel Blaauw, Die Volksblad
    Danel Blaauw, Die Volksblad Bloemfontein - A man from Bloemfontein survived a 1 000m fall by landing in a ploughed field after his parachute failed to open properly while he was executing his first jump. Shocked family and friends stood watching at Tempe airport in Bloemfontein as Benno Jacobs, 35, struggled to disentangle the ropes of his parachute while hurtling through the air at a dizzying speed. "As it was my first jump, I thought it was only a bad jump, and not a fall," said the father of two. Jacobs didn't even break a bone or tear a ligament....
  • Space Diver Prepares For Big Jump

    07/13/2006 7:56:27 AM PDT · by rawhide · 6 replies · 275+ views
    Yahoo News ( ^ | 07-13-06 | Space Diver Prepares For Big Jump
    Frenchman Michel Fournier is readying himself and equipment to attempt a record-setting free fall from the stratosphere. Dubbed "The Big Jump", Fournier is eyeing next month for his supersonic free fall from about 130,000 feet (40 kilometers)--roughly 25 miles above the Earth. The dive from a balloon-carried gondola is slated to take place above the plains of Saskatchewan, Canada. The 62-year old Fournier is an experienced parachutist, pilot and former military officer. He hopes his ultra-sky dive will contribute to the development of future technologies and the safety of stratospheric flight--specifically by astronauts in high altitude emergencies that are outfitted...