Maine Veterans Project pioneers new ground through skydiving

What a Rush! Veterans Take to the Maine Skies in the Windy Warrior Adrenaline Therapy Project

The Windy Warrior Adrenaline Therapy project is giving back to veterans in an unusual way – giving them the thrill of a lifetime through skydiving! The first adventure took place airborne at 10,000 feet in Pittsfield Maine, with two local veterans taking to the big blue sky with the help of this adventurous program. The aim is to give those …

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. …

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 …