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September 1979 Cover   (Sep 1979) Featured Photos Covers

Mike Mount captured this split-second of Visions' ten-way exit at The Nationals.  With eight jumpers out the door this quickly, it's no wonder Visions went on to win the Gold in ten-way.

July 1979 Cover   (Jul 1979) Featured Photos Covers

Jim Lucas of Williamsport, MD flies some unusual Canopy RW at the Southern Cross drop zone in Downsville, MD.  Jim's "extra" canopy belongs to Jose Rodriguez of Crofton, MD  who intetionally cutaway after forming a biplane canopy hookup with Jim.  Playing it smart and safe, Jose wore an extra reserve for this jump.

P.S. That's Russian for "Sport Parachuting."  The full report begins on page 27.

June 1979 Cover   (Jun 1979) Featured Photos Covers

Carl Boenish caught this 20-way formation during a break in the weather at the Deland Invitational Meet.  For more on the meet turn to page 46.

May 1979 Cover   (May 1979) Featured Photos Covers

Carl Boenish shot this cut-away main over Elsinore, CA.  The jumper under reserve is Jim Handbury.

February 1979 Cover   (Feb 1979) Featured Photos Covers

Bill Sutton photographed these jumpers doing a small load over Pelicanland, MD.  For a fresh look at "small stuff", see "Quality vs. Quantity" by Roger Hull on page 19.

January 1979 Cover   (Jan 1979) Featured Photos Covers

Defending national para-ski champion Nick Kingery stomps the disc during last year's meet at Sun Valley, ID.  Kingery needed two dead centers to earn a razor-thin victory (1 point out of over 4000) against European professionals and more than 50 other American competitors.  The third annual U.S. National Para-Ski Championships is scheduled April 3-5, 1979, again at Sun Valley.  Photo by "Brother" Jack Sorenson.

24-Man Superstar By Jerry Bird   (Apr 1972) Features

The weekend of January 15th was chosen, with six jumps scheduled, three for Saturday and three for Sunday.

December 1969 Cover   (Dec 1969) Featured Photos Covers

This month's jam-packed issue features a psychedelic cover designed by Carolyn Gruber, USPA's Office Manager.

November 1969 Cover   (Nov 1969) Featured Photos Covers

A "Gold Wings Star" shot by Carl Boenish over Elsinore, Calif. In the picture are Gold Wingers Jerry Rouillard, Joe Faulk, Mike Corah, Bill Edwards, Jay Gifford, Mike Milts and "Skratch" Garrison.

October 1969 Cover   (Oct 1969) Featured Photos Covers

Canada's first 5-man star shot by Ron Dionne (Canada D-58) over the Abbotsford, B.C. DZ.  Clockwise from far left:  Bill Hardman, Kurt Jensen, Gerry Harper, Doug Corrigan, John McGoldrick. Kay Hardman to the far right.

The Camera's Eye August 1969   (Aug 1969) Featured Photos Closing In

Lt. Frederick Lundahl, USAF, Assistant Director of Information at the Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio and USPA B-6893, submitted this photograph of Leslie Irvin performing a freefall parachute jump.  The inscription on the old photograph said that it was a picture of "Mr. Lesley Irvin engaging in one of his parachuting experiments."  The photo was taken in early 1919, in Dayton, Ohio and could well be a photo of Mr. Irvin's first freefall jump.

August 1969 Cover   (Aug 1969) Featured Photos Covers

Jay Emery, D-203, is credited with this colorful shot of his own PC and Jim Eisenmenger's checkered PC out of Dallas, Texas.

July 1969 Cover   (Jul 1969) Featured Photos Covers

Dave Price receives his USPA Gold Wings from Al Longenberger in a cold December sky over Pennsylvania in this photo by Don Kellner.

The U.S. Army Parachute Team From the PIO, U.S. Army Parachute Team   (Jul 1969) Features

Mention the “Golden Knights” of the U. S. Army Para­chute Team to the average reader of PARACHUTIST and the odds are that he will think of the formidable compet­itors he has jumped against or heard about in parachute meets across the country.

50th Anniversary of Freefall Commemorative Jump By G. Kress Lochridge   (Jun 1969) Features

The U.S. Parachute Association sponsored the 50-year anniversary parachute exhibition on April 27, 1969 at McCook Field (now Kettering Park), Dayton, Ohio.

June 1969 Cover   (Jun 1969) Featured Photos Covers

High over the plains of Colorado, an Air Force Academy Cadet exits a Cessna 206, the official aircraft for the 1969 U.S. National Parachuting Championships.  Photo by John J. Garrity, Jr.

May 1969 Cover   (May 1969) Featured Photos Covers

M. Anderson Jenkins composed this delicate silhouette of Terry Prouty cruising silently in the sun above California's Perris Valley DZ.

An Open Letter to the Membership By Craig Elliot   (May 1969) Parachutist Features Safety & Training

As you all know there is a glaring need for a nation-wide system of qualified parachute instructors. I will not beat the bushes about the fact of life that most accidents are rooted in poor or inadequate training. The USPA Safety and Train­ing Committee has been working on the development of a Jumpmaster/Instructor system for several years, and is at this time proposing such a system be incorporated into the oper­ation of the USPA.

50 Years of Freefall By Norm Heaton   (Apr 1969) Features

The Golden Anniversary of freefall parachuting will be April 28 of this year, a hallmark in aviation’s short and often turbulent history. Fifty years ago one man became the harbinger of today’s advanced and sophisticated “skydiving” techniques, one jump changed the role of the parachute and those who were to use them. That momentous day was April 28, 1919 and the man was Leslie L. Irvin, truly one of aviation’s great figures.

April 1969 Cover   (Apr 1969) Covers

Leslie L. Irvin goes over the side of a DeHavilland bomber for the first successful free fall parachute jump in this drawing by J. Scott Hamilton.  (See story of page 7.)