Aviation MegaThread!!!!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by EvilGenius, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    What did you use for O2? O2 in the plane, walk to the door with a mask on and then jump free without O2? TUC up there is about 35 seconds. I suppose, if you weren't exceptionally fit, you could go under or brown out, but supposedly would reawaken in the low 20's, or you'd just barely miss the going out because you could be in the mid 20's in 40-45 seconds. In any case it would have been quite the trip.

    If you're in protected or some sort of reserved airspace is it legal to jump through cloud decks? That would be fun; jump from 20,000 ft or so, and go through a stratus at 11,000 ft and come out at 6,000 feet. It might not be legal, but someone has done it, and not someone who's had to eject. I did read an account of someone who bailed out in a century series fighter at some high altitude with a automatic chute deployment, only to find himself tangled up in a thunderstorm, taking him violently up and down for along time mostly unconscious - enough to freeze the moisture in his eyes, etc.

    By the way, Slideways, your pictures are excellent.
  2. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    Jumping out at what was it - 30,000 - i guess
    a) you earnt your paypacket that day
    b) I dont want to know where you where
    c) or what you were doing
    d) the tax payer got his money worth that day

    or if you did it for fun - thats nucking futs! :clap

    Hay Ewe
  3. mr_magicfingers

    mr_magicfingers Adventurer

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    I went in '98, so no digital camera and very few film shots. However, this is me hanging off the Pitts S2, moments before letting go.

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    and this is my 100th jump which I did at the event, a 2 point 8way. I'm in the yellow/red/blue suit nearest camera.

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    Jumping the 727 was really interesting. It's a cargo 727 where you get in the big side door and every one sits down in rows. The aircraft does 2 passes with half the passengers getting out on each pass. You go out of the airstair door at the back, they screw plywood over the steps and everyone does a shuffle run out the door to get everyone out as quick as possible, you basically keep a gentle hold on the rig of the person in front of you and keep moving. A couple of steps on the ramp and you're away. You exit into a bubble of still air and as you drop through it the slipstream takes hold of you and fires you out, it's utterly hilarious, the slipstream is about 230mph horizontal and you gradually slow down to about 120mph vertical speed.

    This isn't me but this is what it looks like.

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    Yes, I have an official DB Cooper number :clap

    The jump from 22k', we put on oxygen masks at 10k then at 22k' the light goes on, you take the masks off and hang them up then open the door and quickly exit.

    A rough guide to how long a freefall takes is that the first 1000' takes 10 seconds then it's 5 seconds per thousand feet thereafter to pull height.
  4. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    For the military?
  5. slideways

    slideways permanent ex-pat

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    I think the USPA has done a great job working with DZ owners and the FAA to insure the safety of the aircraft and the jumpers. Years ago there may have been some questionable aircraft and pilots flying loads.

    On busy days the planes do not shut down , they land and load immediately. 20 loads a day is not uncommon where I jump. Now they are flying a Caravan during the winter they will bring in a twin otter and a 212 Casa. They also hot fuel between loads.

    The Caravan is a great single turbine jump plane, plus now with the XP42A upgrade which swaps out the Caravan's standard 675 SHP PT6A-114A engine for a more powerful 850 SHP PT6A-42A it becomes a little rocket ship on climb out with a full load of jumpers.
    Quote from Caravan on steroids article
    " The XP42A mod is for skydiving
    centers, we experimented with the
    skydive descent at flight idle, pushing
    over to maintain the 180-knot redline.
    With the VSI pegged solid at 3000
    fpm down, we timed an eardrum-splitting
    4000 fpm descent, then quickly
    resumed a 500 fpm letdown.
    Combining the improved climb rate
    and rapid descent, skydive centers will
    be able to take four loads per hour to
    the top of the non-oxygen altitudes".


    All the jump pilots I know take their flying very seriously, I know that many of them are building time to get a job with the airlines or further there careers in aviation. Plus the large amount of time and money it takes to learn to fly these days and the competition for jobs in the industry, fucking up is not an option.
  6. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    My brother-in-law and I got out early today to check out the scenery:

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  7. AerialCameras

    AerialCameras Awkward Boner

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    Frame grab from yesterday's A2A shoot and a few from our time rooting through the spares room. This is what hoarding looks like when you're a billionaire.

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  8. mfp4073

    mfp4073 Long timer

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  9. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    my favorite A2A's that I've snapped

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    Free case of beer to whoever can tell me where this photo was taken and of what it was taken :deal

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  10. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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  11. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    It was taken in the air and it is of a building on a hill. I'll PM my addy for the beer! :lol3

    I was thinking Monte Cassino.
  12. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I assumed it was Monte Cassino, too.
  13. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    I sort of thought that too, I assumed it was at least a historical place where lot's of people died. Many historical places are like that.
  14. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    nope... this side of the atlantic still
  15. fosters2

    fosters2 It is what it is

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    You think that was bad? How about this one (was my first project, btw)

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  16. airgord

    airgord What am I doing out here!

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    Looove that "H" model Mustang!!!
  17. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Citadelle Laferrière (Haiti)
  18. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    79k posts.......... :huh holy sh** dude :lol3


    and yes that is correct :freaky
  19. koncha

    koncha .

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    Most of them are just one word.

    /klay
  20. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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