When I was in the Army, I spent almost 4 years in the 82nd Airborne Division where we jumped out of planes (with a parachute of course) on a regular basis. It was an experience! To get just an idea of what it was like, you can go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZqfN_XzKg4 for an idea. This is a good video but remember most of our jumps were multiple planes jumping at the same time, mostly at night, and from only about 800 ft in elevation. In a combat situation, the altitude is lowered by several hundred feet to minimize time in the air.
So I’ve some experience jumping out a plane, but the Bride and I went skydiving this past Sunday. Of course, we did tandem jumps. We were connected to the instructor who wore the parachute and we just went along for the ride.
To make a long story short, we jumped at roughly 12,000 feet of elevation and had about 45 seconds or so of freefall. To say it was amazing was an understatement. We purchased a video/picture package for my wife – which I would highly suggest doing. We have about a 4 minute video plus over 200 pictures from the jump.
We used http://www.skydivealabama.com – from where we live, it’s only about a 40 minute drive away.
Here’s a picture of me about to go out the door:
If anyone wants to go, I would be more than happy to join you. IT IS AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE! I can’t wait to go again!