Jump AM-490 Aerials

With bad weather the last two weeks Webguy was only able to capture part of M day Aerial Jumps. The weather was better for T day jumps and we were able to capture their jumps.  There will be more photos of T day jumps because Webguy was able to photograph them during the week as well as on Saturday when both T and M day cadets jumped.


As stated in the Jump Ground blog, Airmanship 490's purpose is to develop leadership traits through overcoming their fears and coping with stressful situations.  The program starts with 30 hours of instruction in basic free fall parachuting technique and procedure, to include emergency situations they may encounter when jumping.  The successful completion of 5 Jumps results in being awarded the Air Force Basic Parachutist Badge "Jump Wings", which they can wear on their uniform for the rest of their Air Force Career.



AM-490 is the only program in the entire world where the first jump is an unassisted freefall. Because of this unique difference all students, cadet or staff who go through this program will have roughly 40 hours of ground training before their first jump.



Prior to each jump, they will have their jump gear inspected by the instructors, get a final briefing on weather conditions, exiting the aircraft and proper jump technique. Then it is loading time into the Twin Otter Aircraft which will fly them out to the drop zone. As they walk out of the buildig they touch the jump wings for good luck.


To view photos, go to Galleries > Airmanship > Jump. Set your Sort order Oldest to Newest.  Then click on the start page listed or click on the links below.

Jump Aerial T Day - Pg.234-251  T Day Jump Aerial

Jump Aerial M and T Day - Pg. 251 - 280  M & T Day Jump Aerial