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Wednesday Frosted Flakes: Jumping Out Of A Perfectly Good Airplane

Look! Up in the Air!  It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Rex Burkhead scoring the winning touchdown! (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
Look! Up in the Air! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Rex Burkhead scoring the winning touchdown! (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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I have this colleague that has jumped out a perfectly good airplane around fifteen hundred times. He has been talking about, from much of my prodding, his skydiving experiences almost everyday to the point where I felt like I needed to go do this thing myself. He told stories of jumping out of helicopters, cargo planes, and doing low altitude jumps. I was completely sold on it.

I live in small town Southeast Kansas and the closest place to skydive is another small town south of me called Skiatook in Oklahoma. Six hours of training later only really prepares you for if you need to cut the main and use the reserve. It does not prepare you for the sound of the side door of the plane opening up. Or the feeling of standing on the step outside the airplane waiting for both instructors to get ready to jump. Talk about adrenaline!

I decided to jump as a student of the AFF program instead of tandem. Tandem I view is for the one time jumpers who will never jump again. AFF is where you have an instructor on each side of you, but you are the one pulling the chute.

The second after you have left the wing of the airplane you reach terminal velocity. The free fall feeling was there, briefly, but once you are at terminal velocity, it feels like nothing is happening. I’ve never felt so secure falling one hundred and twenty miles an hour through the sky. The danger only is felt again when it is time to pull the chute and hope it comes out correctly.

Pull cord. One Nebraska. Two Nebraska. Look over shoulder. Full canopy. Good to go!

Landing is also difficult. I ate sh*t, so don’t be like me. Be safe and watch the scrimmage versus South Alabama instead.

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