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"Knees in the breeze" Friday nite
Posted by: McQ on Friday, August 24, 2007

As a follow up to National Airborne Day, and as about as close as you can get to the rush of a mass tactical jump, I give you:

I still have chills running down my back.

An emailer asks, "can you tell us what is going on in the sequence we see"?

Sure. The guy who leans out the door first is the jumpmaster making sure everything is clear around the door and aircraft. Once done, he then steps back and moves the first jumper to the door and takes his static line. When the 1st jumper goes, the subsequent jumpers move forward and hand their static line to the jumpmaster as they head out the door. When the last jumper has cleared the aircraft, the jumpmaster exits. The Air Force loadmaster then leans out to ensure there aren't any jumpers towed behind the aircraft (it can happen with a misrouted static line) and lets the pilot know the aircraft is clear.

Watch the sequence of the jumpers from outside the aircraft. I believe it is the 8th jumper (its easier to see on the slo-mo) that has a poor body position and you will see him literally twisting as he falls (if you watch the first sequence you'll see the 8th jumper hit his left shoulder on the edge of the door as he exits, that's why he twists). He will have twisted risers when he opens full (at a minimum). You'll also see many come out with good body positions and you can see that effect as well. The 4th jumper coming out has a great body position and note how he jumps out clear of the aircraft. Probably wearing master-blaster wings.
 
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