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I recall when I was a young paratrooper at Fort Bragg I was in the back of a CH-47 getting ready to jump out of it. I recall sitting near the Jump Master and watching him as he was talking on his coms. He asked to what was the wind speed. I am pretty sure they said 27 knots. For those of you that don't know that is beyond what would be considered to be safe to jump in. But then he responded with a "Na, F'it." The next thing I saw was him giving the hand signal for 3 knots of wind speed. So we all jumped. I barely was able to stay on the Drop Zone. I think most of our chalk ended up in the trees. One LTC ended up across the street.

Another good one was when my parachute partially collapsed right when I was about to hit the ground. Which means I ended up landing on my side and getting knocked out from the impact. I woke back up getting drug through a field with a busted up elbow and seeing more stars than the Hollywood broadwalk.

What was your worst jump?
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So no shit there I was- Sicily DZ, FBNC. I am a jump chaser so when I went to strap hang on this jump, they naturally put me on the last freaking lift. (I had jumped 2 weeks before and there was a whole company of people coming back from deployments taking care of jump rules 3 or 4.) The whole time I watched the jumpmasters get mad at the jumpers as they exited and didn't turn toward the wind. We use MC-6 parachutes so we can steer them; you are supposed to face into the wind. The problem with no facing the wind is it makes you accelerate, kind of like pulling the wrong slip on the T-11s. The jumpers would go against what seemed like the wind's current direction and dart down super fast on to the DZ, desperately trying to turn into the wind before landing. I thought this was in an attempt to get down faster and go home. I made a promise that I would just take it easy on my jump and try not to rush the landing. When I finally got rigged up and jumped, the wind at 1200 ft was blowing a completely different way than the ground wind. In fact, as a I looked around to see my fellow jumpers to compare my rate of descent, everyone was facing every way imaginable. I floated for a few seconds as I was facing the wind, but then a gush of hot air hit and I started oscillating. I burned in on the hardest landing to date right in the middle of a thorny patch of bushes. Getting my parachute out of the thorns was an adventure by itself. By the end of it, I was not even mad; just happy to have not broken something or have gotten stuck in a tree like another person on my lift. So every time I go up in the aircraft, I think to myself "Why in the hell did I volunteer for this?" Then on the walk off the DZ, I think to myself "That feeling cannot be replicated anywhere else. This is why I am airborne. That and to be surrounded by people that are just as crazy as I am." I hope I can stay on jump status for as long as I am in the Army with the exception of a couple tours to South Korea. My dream once I make SGT is to become a jumpmaster and be that guy yelling at people for facing the wrong way. haha
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That is exactly what happened with me. I was a LRS scout and we often jumped MC-6 chutes. Mine did oscillate and that is why I ate it. I jump with some guys from the 519th MI and they didn't know how to use the MC-6. As you know if you don't take control of it it will run with the wind and you are going to eat it. At least that was fun to watch.
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In Ranger School, we were jumping out of a Huey up in the mountains. I was in the middle position in the door and as we scooted forward to jump, I scooted a little too far. I realized that I was good as long as the two Rangers on each side were. When the one to my left jumped, I immediately fell out after him. All of a sudden, I found myself with another chute in my face. I did the spread eagle and bounced off. I quickly slipped away and once I got on the ground, I quickly grabbed my chute as I heard RIs calling for whomever that was. I joined my squad and continued on while never admitting I was that Ranger.
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LOL. That is an awesome story. They don't jump in the mountains anymore. Thank goodness.
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I landed on a patch of prickly pears on a night equipment jump and had to be carted to the medics for a shot of cortisone! Right on my 4th point of contact. Yep. 1Lt got SHAMED!
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Now, That is pretty rough. It seems that you got the point of this topic.
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