Jump Aerial Summer Session 1, Group 2
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.
It was another beautiful day in Colorado yesterday, although there were some low lying clouds around Pikes Peak and the front range mountains. Although his did not hinder the newest jump class from getting their first jumps completed!
Getting ready for their jump is quite the process and entails them putting on their parachutes, having them inspected by Wings of Blue instructors, properly securing their helmut and goggles, and getting a weather brief.
Then they each touch the Wings on the wall for good luck as they head out to the Twin Otter airlplane that will take them up to altitude for their jumps.
Due to runway repairs, jumpers are being bused over to the Powered Flight Squadron where the Twin Otter aircraft is located awaiting them to load up and take off.
AM-490 is the only program in the entire world where the first jump is an unassisted freefall.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!
Love the smiles!
Priority with Jump Aerial is for the students to get their five jumps in to earn their wings. WebGuy will take group photos if time allows and it does not interfere with the students getting their jumps completed. We capture as many groups as we can, but some may not get photographed due to time contraints.
To view all photos from this Jump Aerial Session, go to GALLERIES > AIRMANSHIP > JUMP. Set photo order OLDEST to NEWEST. Select your start page(86-119) or click on the link below.