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Postby steeljam » Wed Aug 01, 2018 07:55 pm

I am doing a parachute jump for charity.
I have wanted to do one for some time but my weight prevented it. Having lost a lot of flabby fat I can now do one.
To make it more interesting I am doing the Accelerated Freefall Solo Skydive.
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby Nonny Mouse » Thu Aug 09, 2018 05:54 pm

Um, have fun!

I wouldn't do it. I'm sure I'd freeze or wet myself or possibly both.
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby phazedout » Thu Aug 09, 2018 07:16 pm

Nonny Mouse wrote:Um, have fun!

I wouldn't do it. I'm sure I'd freeze or wet myself or possibly both.

well ideally the former then the latter...
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby Penners » Fri Aug 10, 2018 08:33 am

Have fun. :D

I can honestly say that I have never had any inclination to throw myself out of a perfectly functioning aircraft (or chuck myself off a perfectly sturdy bridge attached to a rubber band for that matter). I just know I would splash messily.
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby Pat » Mon Aug 13, 2018 01:34 pm

steeljam wrote:Accelerated Freefall Solo Skydive.
They strap you to an upside-down rocket?
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby steeljam » Mon Aug 13, 2018 07:52 pm

Pat wrote:
steeljam wrote:Accelerated Freefall Solo Skydive.
They strap you to an upside-down rocket?

Better than descending from West Ham Stadium in a wizard's outfit.
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby steeljam » Wed Aug 15, 2018 08:51 pm

There is still time for you to sponsor me for my parachute jump via JustGiving.
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby steeljam » Wed Aug 22, 2018 07:23 pm

I made it to the ground with no splat.
Unfortunately, I discovered when I go there that I was too old for the AFF, so had to do a tandem jump.
The weather was perfect; no wind and clear with some cloud cover.
After getting suited up and fitted with the webbing we were given instructions on what to do and when to do it.
I was team up with Dave, who does 6 months teaching skydiving and 6 months as a ski instructor in France.
The small plane was crowded - three tandem jumps, two cameramen, two singles and two trying out new wingsuits.
We flew around Norfolk and Suffolk and over the coast to reach the 13,000 feet drop height.
And off we went. A short wait on the edge of the door for me to get into the right position and into the blue.
The first second or so I was totally disorientated; spinning. Last time I felt like this was diving from the high board.
Then things settled down and I could enjoy the view. The noise was like being at the front of a heavy-metal concert.
The cameraman flew in for close-ups; his instruction was smile even if you don't feel like it, but I was really enjoying the experience.
Suddenly, there was a jerk* and we slowed and it was silence.
I was given the controls and managed to steer left and right, doing corkscrews and swoops; Fantastic.
Dave took over for the landing.
What an experience. Photos and video to follow.
I will be doing it again.
Thank you to all of you who sponsored me.

* Nothing to do with Jamie Oliver
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby Grace Speaker » Wed Aug 22, 2018 08:09 pm

Well done Steve!! :thumbl: :thumbl: :thumbl:

I missed out on sponsoring you on this one (in my defence, I've been on quite a lot of medication just recently so am not entirely on top of current events :wink: ) but will definitely sponsor you for your next one. Oh, and would love to see pics or the video :thumbl:
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby steeljam » Wed Aug 22, 2018 08:50 pm

Grace Speaker wrote:Well done Steve!! :thumbl: :thumbl: :thumbl:

I missed out on sponsoring you on this one (in my defence, I've been on quite a lot of medication just recently so am not entirely on top of current events :wink: ) but will definitely sponsor you for your next one. Oh, and would love to see pics or the video :thumbl:
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby phalarope » Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:47 pm

steeljam wrote:The Just Giving page is still live.


Yes it is. Go for it Grace! :D :D
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby Pat » Thu Aug 23, 2018 07:43 am

steeljam wrote:The Just Giving page is still live.
So it is!
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby Grace Speaker » Thu Aug 23, 2018 06:54 pm

steeljam wrote:
Grace Speaker wrote:Well done Steve!! :thumbl: :thumbl: :thumbl:

I missed out on sponsoring you on this one (in my defence, I've been on quite a lot of medication just recently so am not entirely on top of current events :wink: ) but will definitely sponsor you for your next one. Oh, and would love to see pics or the video :thumbl:
The Just Giving page is still live.
:thumbl: Donated - but next time I want to see you doing it while clutching a broomstick! :wink:
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby steeljam » Wed Aug 29, 2018 01:01 pm

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Got the photos and video back this morning.
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Re: Falling to Earth

Postby Grace Speaker » Wed Aug 29, 2018 01:46 pm

Awesome Steve!!! :thumbl: :thumbl: :thumbl:

Although am slightly worried that in the 2nd photo, your tandem partner looks like he's trying to release you . . . :lol:
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