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Sp5 Jerry Anderson
Kiowa Skydiver - 1969
HHC 2nd Engineer BN
1Lt Ken Leighty
Kiowa Skydivers - 1968
Compound Commander, RC#4
Formerly known as the 1st Team Skydiving Club, the Kiowa Skydiving Club was located on RC#4, Sonyu-ri
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2nd Infantry Division
Kiowa Skydivers
 To become a member of the Kiowa Skydivers, each aspiring jumper had to apply for membership. This was a
relatively simply process of filling out a few papers and waiting. Active membership was between 15 and 20
members, a number limited by the available equipment. A waiting list of prospective members also existed and
members were added in order from the list.
Once accepted, and your first months dues were paid, you began your training regiment. This consisted of about
20 hours class and field work learning things like the proper way to fold your chute, proper method of exiting the
airplane, proper technique of landing (PLF - Parachute Landing Fall) and what to do in the event of an emergency.
 After your training period ended and you demonstrated your knowledge of the material covered, you were ready
for your first jump. The first five jumps for a beginner were done with the aid of a 'static line'. That is, a strap was
fastened to your parachute cover sleeve via a break-away smaller line and connected to the aircraft. When you
exited the aircraft, the static line would pull the cover sleeve off your chute, allowing it to deploy. This was
equivalent to about a 5 second fall before your chute deployed. These jumps were usually carried out at an altitude
of 3,000 feet. Although you were hooked to a static line, you were Practicing the proper method of pulling your rip
cord. Also, the jump master was monitoring your ability to remain stable as you fell and practiced the pulling of the
rip cord.
After 5 static line jumps, and if the club jump master gave his ok, you were ready for your first free fall jump. Your
first jumps were from 3,000 or 3,500 feet and lasted for approximately 5 seconds. As your skills increased so did the
altitude and duration of the free fall.

                                                                                 3,000 feet =   5 seconds
3,700 feet = 10 seconds
                                                                                 4,600 feet = 15 seconds
5,400 feet = 20 seconds
                                                                                 7,200 feet = 30 seconds
9,500 feet = 45 seconds
                                                                               12,500 feet = 60 seconds

And all of this depended on the pilots willingness to go as high as you requested. Very seldom though, did they
not agree with your wishes.

 The minimum opening altitude was 2,500 feet. This was to allow you ample time to deploy your reserve in the event
of a main chute malfunction. Contrary to belief, you do not see the ground rushing up at you as you fall. It is very
gradual and in most instances, not even noticeable, despite your reaching speeds of upwards of 120 mph (terminal
velocity)  NOTE: this is average for a human in a spread eagle position.
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