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Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 24, 2011 - 04:49pm PT
I've noticed that a lot of us on the Taco also enjoy tossing themselves out of airplanes or off of various fixed objects, or taking some damned cool airplane rides to get to various destinations all over the world.

So, here's the thread to put up your skydiving, BASE and airplane pics. I will even kick it off with a pic of my first skydive, taken in Sept. of 93. And yes, detractors, I know it's a shitty exit :p

I had been working at the DZ for a year and a half at this point, waiting to turn 18. For my reward, I was the first out on the demo load for my own first jump class. :-\

By sheer luck, I stood up the landing about 5 feet in front of them haha.



Looking forward to some awesome pictures in this thread!
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2011 - 05:51pm PT
NICE one Ron!!

I actually have a dual roundy setup in storage...old Crossbow, one of the first dual back rigs. Only jumped it a couple times though. Pioneer 26 main and a Featherlite 22 reserve.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2011 - 06:03pm PT



Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 24, 2011 - 06:19pm PT
The Martin Mars, world's largest seaplane, while it was down from B.C. fighting
the Station fire.

Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2011 - 06:40pm PT
Ah, so that was YOU stinking up Dawse's greasy 3? :D That is indeed an enviable skill. I have to say tho, if you can stink out a tailgater that well, then you were indeed a master of the gas. Awesome story.

We had a grumpy old pilot once that hated farters. He kicked one guy out the door about 2 miles short of the spot after warning him several times.

Reilly, awesome shot of the Mars. I spent a couple years fighting wildland fires, and my favorite runs of the day was when the old PB4-Y would come in the line up - this was before they lost that one in Montana and they stopped flying them.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2011 - 06:50pm PT
Here's another old bomber....radials are my favorite, any model. I'm lucky that I got to work on them once upon a time.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 24, 2011 - 07:53pm PT
Cosmico,
I'm with ya on leavin' before they're (the engines, that is) all burnin' or have stopped turnin'.


Vegas, did yous miss this thread?

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1500733/Why-Tojo-and-Adolph-never-had-a-chance-OT


Did I mention I luuuvvv nose art? Yeah, I got a big nose too.





PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Clovis, CA
Jul 24, 2011 - 07:58pm PT
I took this pic from the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson on our way home from our World Cruise in 2005.

Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2011 - 07:58pm PT
No such thing as a "perfectly" good airplane lol! Especially jump birds :D

The one in the first shot, had duct tape holding the baggage door shut.


Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2011 - 08:06pm PT
Reilly, I did miss that thread. Thanks for linking it in! I'd say that Chino and Evergreen have the best old flyin iron anywhere.

And that MiG-15 ...well if it flies like a Chevy, it would be one of the old trucks with no power steering haha. I used to work for a company that imported them. Built like a tank though, could land anywhere.

I love the nose art shots!
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2011 - 08:21pm PT
Thanks much man!

Christina already called to brag about how great they looked, shes super happy.

You have our recommendation for sure!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 24, 2011 - 10:11pm PT
A sad day a couple of months ago - the Liberty Belle is no more.
I am happy to say all hands made it out.

Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2011 - 10:30pm PT
Yeah, I hate seeing rare birds go in. The company I used to work for, used to own the C123K that crashed in Denali several months back. It was used in several movies, most notably Con Air.

As far as the pictures go, let's try to keep it positive though ;)I've seen more then enough crash scenes.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2011 - 10:35pm PT
Here are a couple of odd airframes I saw at a museum visit. Anyone happen to know what they are?


TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jul 25, 2011 - 01:27am PT
Vegas climber:
You beat me to the punch...
But Cozmic, "There is no such thing as a perfectly good aircraft"

~~~~~~~~~~

Liberty Belle Ouuuuch my heart just sank.

~~~~~~~~~~

Never jumped but I don't think it is not to far away in my future
I am posting from a sewing machine here:
http://www.skydivingservices.net/


TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jul 25, 2011 - 01:29am PT

Since you 'Cosmic' interjected that you got Vegas climber's windows done...

Thankz for the call this eve I'll be over tomorrow to pick up my resoles ;)

TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jul 25, 2011 - 01:31am PT

Vegas climber:

Mystery plane #2?
Did you see that at a hanger/airstrip over near the south rim of the Grand Canyon? Was it actually a plywood airframe with a (at one time) jet engine in the tail of the fuselage ?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 25, 2011 - 01:39am PT


This is what I call an executive transport:



Who knows what this is?
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jul 25, 2011 - 02:14am PT
Looks like Rielly has been to the Reno air show ?

Modified Spitfire ?

Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Jul 25, 2011 - 02:30am PT
My first sky dive was out of the DC-3 at Perris Valley in 1980. I was a little thing back then barely weighed over 100 lbs and the rig was heavy, old military junk-the belly wart reserve on front and the huge round canopy packed in its container on back.
I was number 8 out the door, wanted to go first, figured the quicker I got out the less time I would have to deal with my anxiety. All I remember, was when I threw myself out was not being prepared for the blast coming off those huge radial engines, there went any style that we were taught earlier in the day.
My next jump was out of a Cargo Beech 18, had to sit in the door way and shove off, that was interesting. The more interesting aircraft were the Cessna's, crawling out, handover hand on the strut finally letting the feet dangle in the wind and just letting go....... fun!

I need to see if I can figure out how to scan pictures.
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