Female Parachute Instructor Snub Generated Worldwide Controversy

Female Parachute Instructor Snub Generated Worldwide Controversy

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A recent event that took place during a parachute equipment demonstration at a military base near Jerusalem has put the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and its human resources policies on the defensive. The incident occurred on August 8, when a group of Orthodox soldiers turned away from the presentation because a woman was conducting it. Initial reports claimed that fifty …

Golden Knights Military Parachuting

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The greatest parachute team on the planet may be the US Army’s Golden Knights. These amazing aerialists can trace their roots back nearly 60 years. They’ve been wowing crowds and winning competition with their incredible stunts and tricks from the very beginning. Their name shows exactly who they are. The “golden” represents the color of the medals they win, and …

Formation of the Parachute Regiment

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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

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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 …

A Brief History of Parachuting Airborne Forces

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In April 1914, Charles Broadwick invented the back pack container, his design resembled a sleeveless coat, the canopy and suspension lines were stowed on the back, the apex was attached to a static line on the back with a breakaway tie and a static line that could be hooked anywhere available. It was similar to the design used today. He …

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

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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 …

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

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WASHINGTON — Everybody knows it was Neil Armstrong that took that historic one small step. But now several parachutists are aiming to take giant leaps that could lead to a new form of extreme sport – spacediving. Technology and bravado are merging to create a new breed of high-altitude hopefuls – people ready to take the fall of a lifetime. …

Women made a Place for themselves in the Skies! – Part 3

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Black Americans were as disenfranchised as women early in this century. It’s no surprise that they too looked to the sky for freedom. The first black flyer was Eugene Bullard. He joined the French Foreign Legion in WW-I, then transfered to the French flying service. The second black American to fly was a woman, Bessie Coleman. She was born in …

Women made a Place for themselves in the Skies! – Part 2

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The Contessa Grace di Campello Della Spina gives us whole different view of this process. In 1907 she wrote an article that began with the words “Sport of the Gods!” Queen Margherita of Italy had founded the Roman Aero Club in 1904. The Contessa was an ardent member, and her sport of the Gods was ballooning. First she flew on …