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12,000 Foot Tandem Skydive

Why Not? The Door Was Open...

50 second freefall on my first ever tandem skydive.

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All suited up and ready to go. This was the second time we tried to jump. A couple of months previous, the weather was too bad on our jump day. No weather problems today, the sky was perfect.

They say the clothes make the man....?

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Target altitude 12,000 feet... They opened the door and out we went. I was strapped to my instructor, Igor, whose been jumping for 34 years! What a rush!

There was no sensation of falling during the almost 50 seconds of free fall we had, just a great view and 120 mph wind as we reached terminal velocity.

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If you've ever thought of doing this... DO IT. The sensation is amazing.

At about 6000 feet, I got the signal to pull the rip cord and we glided back Down to Earth... After doing a few spins of course. I jumped with close friend Peter Klose and my wife Michelle. Going skydiving was actually her birthday present this year.

 

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