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On throwing oneself out of an airplane - Jamieson Cobleigh

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On Friday, reveilles and I took a day off from work to go skydiving at Jumptown in Orange, MA. It was a beautiful autumn day, the sky was clear and it was just a little cool. After signing a waiver in which I gave up all of my rights just short of my firstborn, I went up in a Cessna. After getting to altitude, I was attached to a jumpmaster who would be in control for the descent. They opened the door of the plane, I had to stick my foot out on a step and look straight down about 10,000 feet to the ground below. The next thing I knew, I was in freefall, traveling over 100 miles per hour. It was exhilarating and beautiful, looking over New England's fall foliage at its peak. After about 30 seconds of freefall, the parachute was opened and I descended slowly to the ground.

I don't think skydiving is a hobby I want to take up (too expensive), but the jump I did was a lot of fun and I'd be willing to do it again. Since we went on a Friday, things were slower at Jumptown, so we had time to talk to the staff and the people who belong to their jump club. They were all very friendly and it was obvious that they were all one big family. More importantly, since we were jumping that day, they made us feel like we were part of their family, too. I'd highly recommend Jumptown for anyone who wants to try skydiving.


Click on any picture for a larger version. Here's me leaving the plane:
Leaving the plane

Me in freefall. The body of water in the upper right is the Quabbin Reservoir. The tiny patch of green in the triangle made by the runways is the landing zone:
Freefall

Me parachuting back to the ground:
Parachuting back to the ground

Safely on the ground with reveilles:
On the ground again


I have a video I hope to get online in a few days.
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From:dasubergeek
Date:October 19th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
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I repeat my question: do you jump with the extra pair of underwear, or is it waiting for you in the infinitesimal green patch in the centre of the runways?
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From:silly_lilly
Date:October 20th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
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was it just you? did she jump too?
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From:jcobleigh
Date:October 20th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
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She jumped too. She just hasn't put her pictures up yet.
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From:silly_lilly
Date:October 21st, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
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ohhh...very secretive
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From:moneypenny
Date:October 20th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Duuuuuude, so cool. I love bungee jumping but still haven't done skydiving!
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From:jcobleigh
Date:October 20th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I haven't tried bungee jumping yet, but would highly recommend skydiving.
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From:scwrud
Date:October 22nd, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)

most impressive

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I've done a static line jump before but have not done a freefall dive. I would love to (and sometimes wish I was rich enough to make it a hobby). The most surreal part of my jump was hanging on to the underwing strut of the airplane, waiting for the pilot to give me a thumbs up to let go. Feet hanging in mid air and everything.
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From:jcobleigh
Date:October 23rd, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)

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Thanks! When you're doing a static line jump, do you steer to a landing area?

I agree on the "rich enough to make it a hobby" comment.
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From:scwrud
Date:October 24th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)

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Yup. We were given one-way radios and our instructors on the ground would give us directions to get us down to the drop zone.

Kudos to Rachel as well--I got to your blog before hers and didn't leave a message in her comments.
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From:jcobleigh
Date:October 24th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)

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That's cool that you got to steer yourself. I got to do a little steering, but my tandem partner did all the hard work.
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