In March I had the opportunity to do a tandem jump with the Wings of Blue from the Air Force Academy. They were jumping down at Gila Bend AFAF and I got the opportunity to jump with them from 12,000 feet. What a rush! Today I finally got around to uploading the video (sorry it took me so long, Jon). The audio didn’t successfully make the move from the videotape to the computer, so I put music over the audio.
There are no words to truly express how I feel about my tandem jump last Monday. It was crazy! I don’t understand how anyone can do that repeatedly. It just feels so wrong and so dangerous. I don’t think my brain could fully comprehend what was going on. The whole idea of rolling out of an airplane at 12,000 feet is just so far outside what my brain is used to dealing with. The tandem master was attached to my back throughout the jump, so I was in front. We drop from 12,000 feet to 5,000 feet in freefall in about 30-35 seconds, which was downright terrifying, although there really was no sense of falling as we fell, it just felt like we were in a windtunnel. Just plain crazy.
I got to do the jump as a perk of being in the Air Force, so it was free. I have a video that I will try to figure out how to get onto DVD so I can share it more readily; right now it is on VHS — do you remember VHS?