Spring 2022 Jump Aerial
WebGuy was out yesterday capturing the first aerial jump for Jump 490 T Day. Weather has cancelled M Day jumps today and the weather isn't looking good for Friday M Day jumping as well. So I am posting the blog for T Day since I don't know when we will be able to capture M Day jumps. WebGuy will do another blog for M Day Jump Aerials if we are able to photograph them.
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.
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.
As they walk out of the building they touch the Jump Wings for good luck!
Then it is time to load up into the Twin Otter Airplane which will take them up to the jump altitude and out they jump when instructed by the jump master.
AM-490 is the only program in the entire world where the first jump is an unassisted freefall.
The joy and relief they must feel is written clearly on their faces as they walk back to the middle landing area to pack up their parachute.
To View photos, go to Galleries > Airmanship > Jump. At the top of page, Sort Photo Order OLDEST to NEWEST. Click on the start page you want or click on the link below.
* Sort Photo Order must be set OLDEST to NEWEST for the link to take you to the correct start page.
Jump 490 Aerial T Day pgs. 637 (top of page, 3rd row) - 660 T Day