Thursday, January 24, 2013

DC-3 sunset fly by!

A cool photo of a DC3 sunset fly by at Skydive Arizona.  The largest drop zone in the world and the only one that I'm aware of that flies the classic DC3.  You can also see their wind tunnel in the background. Taken at Eloy, Arizona USA

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Clouds parting over the Grand Van

The strangest thing happened.  I rubbed her belly and the clouds parted!  I had been waiting for the clouds to clear up and decided to give "the girl" a little wash.  I happened to look up and see the pretty sun rays shining through the clouds and decided to take this nice pic!  Taken at Eagle Lake Airport, Eagle Lake Texas USA

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My corner office with a view!

My corner office with a view.  The new one after the last one... but not the last one :)  This almost 700 horse power C208B Grand Caravan will take up to 17 skydivers up to our normal drop altitude of 13,000 feet in about 12 minutes!  The Caravan is the most common turbine powered aircraft used to haul skydivers in the U.S. and it is the second most common jump plane in the U.S. overall, after the C182 Skylane.  Read more about ALL of the jump planes that are flown around the world in on our "Skydive Aircraft" page!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What would DB Cooper do?

I found this funny sign on the wall of a drop zone that I visited.  What would DB Cooper do?  Well... he would jump out of the plane of course!  The most infamous skydiver ever on November 24th 1971 hijacked a Northwest Orient Boeing 727-100 (tail number N467US), extorted $200,000 and jumped out of the back of it never to be seen or heard from again.  Did you know that he actually gave the alias "Dan Cooper" not "DB Cooper"?  Somewhere during the initial media reports it was mis-reported as DB instead of Dan and it stuck.... and now you know ;)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Jump Pilot George Quick and Skydiver Bert White - May 1930

If you love history, aviation or skydiving you will appreciate this picture. This is a classic picture of Jump Pilot George Quick (left) and Skydiver Bert White before their altitude record breaking skydive of 24,800ft.

The record was made over the Mojave Desert (CA) May 25, 1930.