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Posted: 6/5/2005 7:20:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/5/2005 7:21:55 PM EDT by bigsapper]
Well, I broke my cherry today!

My VFW is infested () with a lot of Airborne/SF-types and they got tired of hanging around so many legs, so they made us go jump. The organizer of this little event was MSG Charles Barksdale (RET), who served with the 5th & 7th Groups and MACV-SOG in Vietnam. He's also a Jumpmaster and HALO/HAHO-qualified. (He's even admitted to airborne-qualifying a monkey when he was stationed in Bad Toelz.)

Well, he's punched his ticket to heaven for making the world a better place by getting 15 "Dirty, Rotten, Sticking Legs" airborne qualified.

Here's our wings...


Here's our shirts...
The acronym...
No
Longer
A
Dirty,
Rotten,
Stinking
Leg


Here's a group picture...


Here's my wife getting pinned by MSG Barksdale...


And finally here's me getting my wings...



...ALL THE WAY!

P.S. As soon as I can get the DVD's ripped I'll post them in the Team Forum. (Any suggestions for ripping software?)
Link Posted: 6/5/2005 7:59:35 PM EDT
God bless you. You ain't a stinking leg no more.

Is that the VFW named after Casey Joyce, so it looks like? That is way cool and I bet an honor to belong to.

What was the aircraft you used?


"admitted to airborne-qualifying a monkey when he was stationed in Bad Toelz." That's some funny shit there. We qualified an Iguana on a weekend while dressed in trendy surf clothing.... Jumped out of a Blackhawk. The weekend Guard guys needed the stick time. Yes, we were a little drunk. SHHHH....


Best wishes to you. AIRBORNE, ALL THE WAY!!!!
Link Posted: 6/5/2005 8:04:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/5/2005 8:05:25 PM EDT by bigsapper]

Originally Posted By rtech:
Is that the VFW named after Casey Joyce, so it looks like? That is way cool and I bet an honor to belong to.


Yes it is and it is quite an honor. Casey Joyce All-America VFW Post# 4380


Originally Posted By rtech:
What was the aircraft you used?


Dehaviland Super Otter
Link Posted: 6/5/2005 10:02:27 PM EDT
How did you do the first jump, static line? I'm thinking of doing it this summer sometime.
Link Posted: 6/5/2005 10:54:38 PM EDT
Heh. I'm a five-jump-chump. Scares the living bejesus out of me, and I'm never doing it again. Besides, I don't like walking at the bottom, I'll stick with my armoured vehicles...

Congrats though.

NTM
Link Posted: 6/6/2005 4:21:39 AM EDT
Tandem jump. Gotta get the roll developed and the DVD ripped so I can post them.
Link Posted: 6/6/2005 11:29:49 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/6/2005 11:49:04 AM EDT
static line airborne ops and skydiving ARE NOT THE SAME THING!

so, why not give skydiving a go? bone jaring landings are not by design, but an indicator that ya fucked something up! (a hard thing to do)

www.uspa.org/


BTW, I am a D licensed USPA skydiver.
Link Posted: 6/6/2005 3:32:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/6/2005 3:33:58 PM EDT by bigsapper]

Originally Posted By RED_5:
static line airborne ops and skydiving ARE NOT THE SAME THING!



It was a skydive. (albeit a tandem)


Originally Posted By RED_5:
so, why not give skydiving a go? bone jaring landings are not by design, but an indicator that ya fucked something up! (a hard thing to do)



I guess my tongue-in-cheek comments weren't so obviously tongue-in-cheek.
Link Posted: 6/6/2005 4:18:36 PM EDT
You don't get 'em pinned unless they are blood wings. My uncle that served in the 101st when it was Airborne blood winged me when I graduated Airborne School in '81. Holy Crap it's been a long time!!
Link Posted: 6/6/2005 8:56:40 PM EDT
my comments are more directed to Manic_Moran.

I didn't mean to take anything away from your experince.

good on ya for doing it! Tandem is what I recommend to anyone thinking about skydiving.

tandems = minimal training/time & money invested for the experince.
Link Posted: 6/6/2005 9:00:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By RED_5:
tandems = minimal training/time & money invested for the experince.



Roger that!
Link Posted: 6/7/2005 8:06:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/7/2005 8:07:09 PM EDT by bigsapper]
Link Posted: 6/7/2005 8:07:04 PM EDT
You're still a leg!!!
Link Posted: 6/7/2005 8:07:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:
You're still a leg!!!



Don't be such a hater!
Link Posted: 6/7/2005 8:22:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:
You're still a leg!!!



Give the guy a break. He's short less landings than he's got take offs.

If you're a pilot, that's a bad thing. If you jump willingly from the aircraft (sometimes you want to!) and you're not a pilot, it's usually a good thing.

I wished I'd had a chute rig with me on many commercial flights. I'd rather have jumped than land with the idiot, air-going bus driver who was at the controls more than a few times.

I've done both military static line and sport jumping. I liked sport jumping better.
Link Posted: 6/7/2005 8:37:00 PM EDT
Ah, he's just jerking my chain because I said "Airborne Puke".

My goal is to have 50 jumps before the end of the year.
Link Posted: 6/7/2005 8:49:29 PM EDT
I can't believe you posted that pic....
Link Posted: 6/7/2005 9:07:20 PM EDT
It'll have to do until I do my first solo.
Link Posted: 8/29/2005 5:22:30 AM EDT
Did my first solo jumps yesterday. Pics and vid to follow.
Link Posted: 8/29/2005 5:26:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By bigsapper:
Did my first solo jumps yesterday. Pics and vid to follow.




Link Posted: 8/29/2005 5:38:19 AM EDT
Nice!!!!!

No you gotta try it solo., be warned Skydiving is an addiction worse the any drug!!!!

FREE



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Originally Posted By bigsapper:
www.dotnetconsultant.com/photos/skydive/ChrisSkyDive1.jpg

Link Posted: 8/29/2005 11:20:45 AM EDT
I went on saturday but chickened out. After watching all day though I'm still interested... I definately think I'll be going back to try it sometime.
Link Posted: 8/29/2005 11:29:02 AM EDT
Good work!

-markl32, 5 jump chump, but not a leg.

BTW, not even sure if this is allowed in the civilian sector, but try a jump at night. A whole new world of terror not knowing exactly when you're going to hit the ground.
Link Posted: 8/29/2005 11:37:01 AM EDT
Blood wings, or none at all
Link Posted: 8/29/2005 12:01:39 PM EDT
Earned my wings exactly twenty-six years ago on this date.
Link Posted: 8/29/2005 12:34:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By markl32:
Good work!

-markl32, 5 jump chump, but not a leg.

BTW, not even sure if this is allowed in the civilian sector, but try a jump at night. A whole new world of terror not knowing exactly when you're going to hit the ground.



Yes, there's a night jump labor day weekend at my DZ (Skydive Dallas).
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 3:14:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/30/2005 3:22:20 AM EDT by bigsapper]
One of the few instances I looked right on that dive.
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