One of my more off-beat stories

rich

Silver Meritorious Patron
Um, yes they did. I jumped one by static line about June 1973 in Lake Elsinore, at the sky diving center before the first flood. It was green. I was told it was military surplus. It was probably designed to be hidden by a bailing out pilot.

A conical is better for a reserve. They are a bit small. In '80 I packed green T-10's at elsinore. Now you are getting me curious if they really were using conicals. That would hurt. I don't think instructors were that sadistic, well ...... some of them were. r.
 

Rmack

Van Allen Belt Sunbather
A conical is better for a reserve. They are a bit small. In '80 I packed green T-10's at elsinore. Now you are getting me curious if they really were using conicals. That would hurt. I don't think instructors were that sadistic, well ...... some of them were. r.

Yeah, it did hurt.

I was instructed to aim into the wind for landing. The problem was the wind was just about the same speed as the forward speed of the canopy (about 5mph?) so, when I hit, I was coming strait down, and did a "feet, butt, back". Ouch!

It would have been better to steer sideways into the wind a little.
 
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