That was a song that Kevin used to sing around our DZ. Kind of apt for the top of this page, I thought.
Brad Grubel going out for a drag!
Note Diver Dan in the background doing the same thing!
(Guess what lightweight rarely jumped on really windy days?)
Tom Mann doing the same!
On a windy day, there was always the chance of losing control of your parachute upon landing, and being dragged until you could get it deflated!
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Parachutes can malfunction, unfortunately, leading to at the very least, some scary moments. Our club followed the safety rules, and had very few malfunctions or injuries. Out of many thousands of jumps, here are some of the worst of our clubs' memories. All came out of the experience virtually unharmed.
A reserve ride with a tail for Mitch.
Mitch landing safely.
Mike managed to safely catch a pilot chute that came off Mitch's parachute while in the air.
Am I unhappy because of the broken leg? Well, yes, but only because they wouldn't let me jump til the cast was off! I had one of the major "fatalities" at the club. I broke a leg on one of my early jumps, as I was moving with the wind upon landing, instead of into it. Thankfully, it wasn't a bad break, and I was jumping only about 2 months later (a little longer than I would have had to wait, but it was the middle of winter at the time!)
Lee had his turn with a reserve ride.
Brad is featured again having a not-so-good jump.
|A student had some trouble steering!||Tom Mann going up to free the parachute.|
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