Popular World Skydiver Gives Skydiving Advice

Popular World Skydiver Gives Skydiving Advice

Don Kellner is a world renown skydiver. He owns the skydiving business Hazleton Regional Airport in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Currently, Kellner holds the Guinness World Record for over 44,000 skydives. He has had a skydiving business for over 56 years. Kellner said that despite carefully planning a parachute landing, it is hard to carry it out completely according to that …

Formation of the Parachute Regiment

Minute from Prime Minister to Chiefs of Staff, 22nd June 1940: The formation of the British Airborne Forces followed this minute from the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Military parachuting, however, was not new. In 1936 the Russian Army repulsed an Afghan invasion of Tajikistan by dropping 1200 men, 150 light machine guns and eighteen light field guns in the area. …

Paraplanes and Parachuting

The development of the first mass-produced powered parachute took approximately two and one-half years. As aeronautical Engineer, Steve Snyder, was implementing and perfecting the use of square ram-air parachutes, which had properties of a lifting wing, he found that increased glide ratios were developed. He therefore assumed that if the person or payload suspended under the chute had some thrust …

A Brief History of the Paragunners of WWII

Markham Valley, New Guinea. 5 September 1943. Screened by dense smoke, paratroopers of 503 US Paratroop Infantry Regiment and gunners of 2/4th Australian Field Regiment with their 25 Pounders land unopposed at Nadzab, during the advance of 7th Australian Division on Lae. Gunner Robbie Robertson exited badly and plummeted head first downwards. Suddenly, he heard a loud crack and was …

Space Parachuting – The Sky isn’t the Limit. The Ground is – Part 2

Another freefaller is Michel Fournier, a retired French parachute regiment officer. He has made some 8,000 jumps, and is the French record holder for the longest fall, from an altitude of about 37,000 feet (12,000 meters). “I love discovering and experimenting. I’m a realistic go-getter, a little stubborn at times,”Fournier said. Calling his effort the “Big Jump”, Fournier has assembled …