Jump AM-490 Aerials

This past Saturday we were out at Davis Airfield capturing Jump AM-490 on their first jump. Airmanship 490 or AM-490 is a Basic Freefall Parachuting Program that the Air Force Academy offers.

The weather hasn't been cooperating for this class of Jump AM-490 this week, but it was a good day on Saturday for them to get their first jumps in.  Both M and T day jumped on Saturday and Webguy was there to capture their first jump or two.  Due to them both jumping on the same day, the photos cannot be seperated into M and T day jumps like it can be done when they jump during the week on their specific day. 

 Airmanship 490's purpose is to develop leadership traits through overcoming their fears and coping with stressful situations. The program starts with 40 hours of intruction in basic free 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.


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 building they touch the jump wings for good luck.



It was a beautiful day for jumping! One can just imagine what goes through each of their minds as they each take that first step out of the plane to start the freefall and the relief they feel when the chute opens!



Landing successfully brought emotions of relief and exhilaration.  The smiles they had after completion of their first free fall jump was contagious and a wonderful sight to see.



The last to jump are the Wings of Blue jump masters who have been teaching and leading this class of jumpers.  They jump after all their students have jumped and landed safely.



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Jump 490 Aerial Pgs 309-347  Jump Aerial