Nice to run on to this section and see the originators of the sport connecting. I started as an 18 year old student at Oklahoma State jumping condemned Army parachutes. Took some real hard landings. You know the ones. I remember looking in awe at Para Commanders and wondering what it must be like to have that much money!
I started jumping because as a youngster I saw the show Ripcord. Anyone recall that? Literally, the minute I was legal I was in the OSU club. Relative work consisted of baton passes if you were lucky.
One day I got to jump one of the "LO-PO's" that were used on the Ripcord show. No one else would jump it because it was a 'death rig'. I didn't care- it was from Ripcord!!! Sure enough,on opening, I looked up to see pretty large areas stained with blood. Still, it was like getting to ride Trigger with Roy! Wow.
I went on to make close to 1800 jumps and I have been out due to health, but made a tandem today on my 60th B-day. Sweet!
I was fortunate enough to be part of several world record big-ways, including the first 200 way. I consider free fall like oxygen! You know the feeling! If anyone out there is from the OSU or Stroud DZ days of 68-72, let me know. Art
first jump was spring of '64 in Phoenix, AZ. Malfunction (my fault - unstable opening) on 29th in Feb '65 put me in plaster for a while (and got me on TV news), eventually made #37 while in Army flight school spring of '67 then had to focus on cockpit duties. Right after Tet Offensive in Jan '68 elements of 82nd Airborne deployed to Vietnam. One aviation element was assigned to bunk with us at Chu Lai. One of their pilots was Dick Fortenberry (ex-Golden Eagles, holder of multiple championships). I was in awe.
Jump #38 was a tandem last week (July 2010). Like I never stopped - thanks to the instructor.
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I jumped and trained under Mike Kremer at Ft. Campbell in the late 60's. Would love to contact anyone else who may have jumped with the Ft. Campbell Sky Diving Club, or in Civilian club near Hopkins, Ky with Curtis Eckstein.
looking for tom anderson. Aloha Sky Divers.
My name is Larry Horton age 72, I live in Aberdeen, NC (retired)
My first jump was in Erwin, N C, in 1959, jumpmaster Claude Webber, aircraft Piper Tri-pacer ,training prior to jump by Claude, George Weimer, Jon Berquist, and Denny Bates, parachute was a single "T", B-12 A.F. surplus, cost $15, modified by Geo.,Jon, Denny. Continued to jump until 1966, Race tracks, shopping centers, promotions etc. and for fun!!! I was a honoray member of Psy-War Club, Ft Bragg. Names I remember Keith Jorgensen, Larry Henzerling, Pete Beswick, Steve Blackman, Lt. Peterson.