If the cost was not an issue, and the arrangements were made, would you, could you jump from an airplane, with parachute of course. Next summer I plan on doing just that. It might be skydiving, which of course would be in tandem with an experienced skydiver. The cost is around $185. It also could be a solo static line jump, when a line attached to the airplane deploys the parachute. The cost is around $175. It will either be parachuting or skydiving....or scuba diving. How about it? Are you game?
My son went skydiving a couple of years ago. I watched the video that was taken by the man he jumped with. It is hard to imagine just letting yourself fall toward the earth like that. But yes, I too could do it, and will.
I'm finally getting around to filling that bucket. I retired from my job and will be traveling all over the country doing the same thing for short periods at different locations. Now I just need to find a good fifth wheel RV and I'll be all set.
Not me. Been there, done that. 173d Airborne Brigade.
My 18-year daughter asked me in August, "What would you think if I went skydiving?" That's the way she approaches discussions if she thinks I might have objections.So after I grimace, we discussed the matter. I persuaded her there were better ways she could spend $200. Like on the new laptop she wanted for college.
Of course I had to offer some alternatives. She had been bugging me to teach her how to drive a stick shift, specifically my Jeep Wrangler. We had tried unsuccessfully when she was 16. So I did, and she took it in the woods with a couple of her friends. Other than a few scratches, on the Jeep not her, I had to rub out, no harm done, financially or otherwise.
I have the same fear of heights as you when it comes to being up on any natural or man made structure. When it comes to skydiving, I don't feel that fear. I guess we will see when I get up to the open door of the airplane next summer.
When we were in college a buddy and I used to talk about jumping out of an airplane together when we turned 30. (Why 30? I have no idea. There was probably some beer involved.) 30 came and went and we both chickened out, haha. We still joke about it occasionally but unless I'm on an airplane that happens to be on fire or headed directly into a mountain, I doubt you'll ever catch me jumping out of one.
I did it. Back in the 70's. Round chute, static line - no tandems, no glider chutes - loved it - after the chute opened that is.
The quick story: Two buddies and myself - on a lark
$90 (remember it was the 70's) and 90 minutes "ground" school - they taught you how to land. **Just when you thought you were about to hit - pull up hard on the chute control lines (one in each hand) and flex you knees
Me, two other guys, and a girl in the plane (small "Piper" type plane with right side door removed
Pilots exit instructions: (as taught at "ground school") One! to the door (door opening that is) Two! in the door (sitting on your butt, slide your feet outside the plane - one foot resting on outside step) Three! Out the door - pull your self out of the plane, standing on the step, holding on to the wing strut Four! Release - uh...LET GO OF THE STRUT!
Well, it went like this... I was to be third out - small plane, so I could see the ground disappearing as we reached altitude Time to jump - first guy out - I'm nervous, and thinking I made a bad decision, as I watch him follow the commands and exit the plane.
He looked a little nervous too, while he was standing on that outer step, almost flapping in the wind - and he screamed as he let go
Now I'm sure I made a mistake - but...
Damn! #2 out was the girl - same scenario, follow the commands - flap in the wind hanging on to the wing struts, and scream when she had to let go.
Now I'm positive I made a bad decision - I DO NOT want to get in that doorway, I DO NOT want to get on that wing, I DO NOT want to jump - I WILL ride that plane back down to the landing strip!
Here's the dumb part - I was a young, mumble-something-year old macho guy. There was one guy left to jump behind me. I just saw a GIRL do it. I just couldn't chicken out.....
I really wanted to ride that plane back down and land, but I had to go through with it - the other guy was watching. Damn that macho ego stuff.
Ok, my turn... One! I slide to the door
Two! Indenting my fingers prints into the metal door frame - I slide forward until my legs are hanging outside the plane
Thr... WAIT! I can't find the step! I'm, coming back in - nope there it is, damn! Now I'm setting in the open doorway - half in, half out. Three! On the wing.... I did it, but, and this is the honest truth, as I'm hanging on the strut, about to release, I had what I think is the most serious thought I had ever had in my life - up to that point, that is. "You dumb ass! You just killed yourself because you're too macho to let a girl show you up!!!!!!!! (I really think I might have chickened out if a girl had not jumped before me)
Four! Release.... From release to static line chute opening is a very jumbled memory - but it was quick. I don't even remember having time to be mad that I killed myself again.
AWESOME!!!!! There is absolutely no way to describe it so that others can feel it -you just have to do it.
The landing? Well, I misjudged of course. When I thought I was about to hit, and pulled the cords and flexed my knees - I was still about twenty feet away from earth - I hit like a sack of potatoes. Once I stopped rolling, I had to quickly untie my shoes - they were choking me.
I did not jump a second time.
But I loved it, and would do it again - now that is.