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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

A Long Night in a Swamp

A Long Night in a Swamp
Thursday, June 1, 2017

As a SoCal jumper, I don't have to worry that much about landing in trees or anything green. So I took seriously memorizing the DZ's aerial photo (the kind all DZs have hanging near manifest) when I went jumping in Maine. I knew where all the tree groves were, along with power lines, ditches and other obstructions. After a couple of jumps, I got comfy with the landing pattern, and I felt I knew my way around.

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15 Minutes of Fame

15 Minutes of Fame
Monday, May 1, 2017

Fifteen minutes of fame. Everybody will have it once. I had mine in 1987 because I saved a life while skydiving.

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Stranger (DZ) Danger

Stranger (DZ) Danger
Saturday, April 1, 2017

At the 2015 Turkey Meet at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida, my canopy collapsed at 20 feet as I was coming in on final. I broke the fibula at my left ankle and dislocated and fractured my tibia. The abrupt plunge also caused intense fear and anxiety about skydiving. Mechanical turbulence caused the accident: I landed close to the hangar and the wind rolling over it and into the landing area collapsed my parachute.

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The Cheststrap

The Cheststrap
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

It was the seventh jump of the day for our newly formed and unnamed 4-way formation skydiving team. A normal jump on a normal training day. It was the scariest jump I’ve ever been on.

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Paul "Pop" Poppenhager | D-47

Paul "Pop" Poppenhager | D-47
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Longtime Florida drop zone owner and instructor Paul “Pop” Poppenhager, D-47, was born in June 1934 and became interested in skydiving at a young age while watching his father jump at airshows.

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