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Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Charity Appeal.

Cold Steel Rain is doing a parachute jump in aid of the charity, Combat stress.

Do pop over to his blog and give him support either financially or just reassuring words.

I will never forget my first jump.

The jump was to be from an ageing Cessna at 2500 ft.

Now that was a very small aircraft and they managed to cram the pilot, the jumpmaster, and three first time parachutists into it. To get us all in they removed all the seats (except the pilot's), and forced us to kneel on the floor. Oh and to save on weight they removed the door.

One hand at all times had to be over the reserve chute to prevent it from being activated, the other hand was white knuckled clutching a strut. For the plane to get to height it had to circle upwards due to the load. Have you ever knelt by an open doorway with the ground disappearing at an ever increasing rate? If I'd known what that was like.......

Before we got to height the jumpmaster makes you take the hand, that is stopping you fall out of the door, to check your static line. Bearing in mind that you are kneeling next to an open door it is a tad scary. Especially as the plane is circling and the door next to you is on the downward side.

At 2500 ft and heading straight and level I was informed that I had to assume the position. Sit in the doorway with just the left buttock actually in the plane, and grab both sides of the doorway with my hands.


Well I don't think that I remember actually hurling myself from the plane due to the sheer terror.


It was the most fantastic experience of my life. I went on to do many more jumps until I got married and had kids. But that's another story.

Do give him your support.


  1. Not wishing to get into 'Four Yorkshiremen' territory.

    But I just mentioned your post to my Dad.

    "Reserve chutes" he said "Luxury"

    "Try jumping from a static barrage balloon at 500/600ft" that's a first jump"

    I think H&S would have conniptions at that these days (and even some BASE jumpers might look askance at it )

    but a jump is still something I've not done, maybe one day

  2. I'm wishing I hadn't read that!!! CSR

  3. There is never a good reason for stepping out of a perfectly good, working aeroplane


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