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OCCOM BILL proves he can fly!

 
 
Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 05:35 pm
So after watching the Packers first preseason game last Saturday night, my bar manager and I drove to East Troy and partied at my cousin's place till about 4:30 in the morning. Bad plan. I was supposed to be at Accelerated Free Fall School at 7:45. The instructors were cool enough to let me in at about 9:30, but with no guarantees. After proving I had absorbed the information as well as anyone else, they decided to let me jump.

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So I left the plane at 13,500 ft. with not one, but two jump masters. Well, sort of. One of the masters was a little late leaving the plane, so instead of flying like you see in the movies right away, it looked more like a three way rolling wrestling match.

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Finally, the weaker master was catapulted away from us, and the remaining master and I stabilized pretty quick. It was awesome. At this point I'm heading for earth at 120 mph and loving it! I forgot to execute my practice pulls, but did get the thumbs up for my flying from the more experienced master.

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At about 5,000 ft it was time to pull the cord and hope like heck I wouldn't have to remember any of the emergency procedures I'd spent the day rehearsing. The canopy opened textbook perfectly as near as I could figure, but I was still somewhat relieved when ground control concurred via the radio on my chest. Fortunately, it passed all of the steerability checks too!

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Now, time to figure out where the hell I was, where I was supposed to be and most importantly, where to land. I drifted pretty far from the playground before ground control ordered me to turn in the right direction. I made the turn before my final approach a little late, so I came up just short of the landing circle they cut into the grass.

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I hit the breaks a little early (or lateĀ… not sure which) and hit the earth pretty hard. Not perfect, but a small cut on my nose was all it cost.

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That was awesome! Out of seven who signed up (at a bar no less), amazingly all seven showed up and jumped. Three of us loved it so much, we're going back next week! Anybody wanna go for a ride?
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 05:38 pm
and I was proud of myself for riding the Crazy Mouse at the fair yesterday ...

Way to go, O'Bill!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 05:42 pm
Wow, how cool.

Er, no, I don't wanna go.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 05:46 pm
<ack> no thanks! Though I can understand why some think it's fun.
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JPB
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 06:07 pm
Yikes!!! Good for you, Bill.


<no way in hell....>
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 06:12 pm
Always said I'd go sky diving to celebrate turning 40 but never did. (See sig line.)

Well done, Bill.
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 06:12 pm
I could consider that. Look at the fashionable flywear and colourful parachute you get.
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OCCOM BILL
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 06:35 pm
The fella who thought up the idea, did it to celebrate turning 40. He was scared out of his wits leaving the plane!

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But seemed to love it after getting his bearings.

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Another friend was utterly fearless right from the git-go.

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Fortunately, her boyfriend didn't pay the extra dough for the camera man. We affectionately call him "Naked Boy" because he likes walking around naked without pulling the blinds. This madman jumped stark raving naked!

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Thanks for all the thumbs up. It was easily the most exhilarating thing I've ever done. Very Happy

How cool is it that my dimensions get me Green and Gold? :wink:
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sublime1
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 06:39 pm
I work Sat but if you are going Sunday, I could definitely make a trip to East Troy.

I have wanted to skydive for a long time but all my friends are either too broke or too chickenshit to do it. (No offense anyone.)
sublime1
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 06:43 pm
They don't happen to have blue and orange parachutes do they?
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mac11
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 06:51 pm
How cool! Congratulations, OBill.

(And no, I wouldn't go if you paid me...)
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 06:55 pm
NAKED!!!
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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 06:56 pm
Guess you'd have to be careful how you landed^^^^ Very Happy
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 07:01 pm
I am trying to imagine the wind burn Laughing
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 08:53 pm
Congratulations.

From the friendly, friendly ground.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 08:56 pm
I noticed the green and gold!

OK, naked is just psycho. I mean if nothing else, did he have some sort of inner layer to that whole harness thingie?

Yikes.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 20 Aug, 2006 08:57 pm
A number of years ago, I had an appointment to go parachuting. The last minute, the guy that I was supposed to go with cancelled, because he had to work. I never did get to go! Sad
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JPB
 
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Reply Mon 21 Aug, 2006 07:14 am
sublime1 wrote:
I work Sat but if you are going Sunday, I could definitely make a trip to East Troy.

I have wanted to skydive for a long time but all my friends are either too broke or too chickenshit to do it. (No offense anyone.)


Don't forget Bill's sunglasses!



<you're both crazy>
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Mon 21 Aug, 2006 07:23 am
Shocked


planes were made to keep you IN

not jump out of.




that does sound pretty awesome though!!!!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 21 Aug, 2006 07:33 am
Great, Bill. And "yes" add me to the list :wink:

(Did it once ..... but only from an exercise jumping tower with the British in Bovington Camp/England, as a 14 years old boy. And jumped in life raft three times .... all without parachutes Laughing )
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