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 Post subject: Re: Who remembers this?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:39 am 
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Yup ..the very place and time ..If I recall !!.. :Idunno: ( I dont keep logs )
.I dont know if this rings a bell ..but the jump was low ...and ladened up :roll: ...well ..it was quite fun . :) And frankly we got set up for some stick . You may recall there were no senior officers on the jump . :Idunno:
Anyway ..The thing is that back in those days the in fighting was hidden and not understood .... Now it is neither hidden , nor mis-understood .... :faint:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:03 pm 
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We actually did a lower jump... I think it was Stapel on Sennelager which has a ridge running along it.

I remember jumping and setting myself up, (chute open, all around observation, steer away, look below to ensure clear to drop container, drop container and prepare to land), except I couldn't complete that process. At the point where it was time to look down to clear for the drop of the container it was immediately apparent that I barely had time to prepare to land let alone drop my container..

We both know the two major problems in this scenario:-

1. Landing with your container still attached is generally a broken leg at minimum.

2. Finding the container hooks under the reserve and releasing them simultaneously, (for the benefit of non-airborne trained chaps they have to go at the same time or the container hangs up and no one is strong enough to release a single hook), takes time - find one, find the other, hook thumbs over them and push...

Abject fear of impending pain affected several chaps that day. We all noted that we found those hooks in milliseconds, got our thumbs around them and got the container released in a single fluid motion. I know that my 15' rope had not fully extended when I hit the ground and a few other lads said the same.

We all knew there was a fuck up somewhere and we heard about a week later that the Aircraft Navigator had misinterpreted the weather report - or it wasn't accurate which after my experiences flying I'd tend to that explanation - and dropped us in such a way that we landed along the crest of the ridge rather than a few hundred yards east or west of the crest. The difference was about 300' making our jump somewhere close to an operational drop of 400' that comes with no reserve because it's wasted weight... :niceone:

Damn... Those were good times... Now I'm worried about my trailer step being 18" off the fucking ground... :cry:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:05 am 
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Oh Yeh !!!....The Sennelager drop .. I remember now ....Instinctive rapid reactions ,ditch the bitch whilst oscillating and absorbing the acute lack of altitude . I ditched the bitch ..at about 150 ft ...and pulled my reserve ...kind of futile at 140 feet ..It felt as though it was the right thing to do :lol: . The floppy reserve kind of damped out still severe oscillations and everything returned to Tierra Firma ... rather ungracefully .. :-D .


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:35 am 
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In the annals of Airborne history my landings have never... ever... been described as "graceful"...

The WO PJI at Brize was my instructor and after 8 jumps he supervised told me "Marsden, you don't land... You arrive!"

Worked for me... :lol:

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