B-Go Cadets Going Through Jump!
We're back with coverage from this Go's Jumps! This past week was a very busy one for AM-490 Cadets as they made their way through their 5 jumps.
Click here to read some background on Jump from our earlier blog this month when these cadets were in the middle of Ground Training.
During the academic year, all classes are split into M and T days and depending on what their schedule is like will determine what day they will take a class. When AM-490 has a Saturday class, those days tend to include both M and T day groups. Below cadets are getting geared up before heading out to the plane. We were able to catch one of the Cadets getting her jump wings zipped into her flight suit, the cadets only wear these on their 5th and final jump.
The Cadets are able to Jump just about every day of the week, outside of Monday and Sunday which are no Jump days. On the weekdays the M and T day students only have about 2 hours to jump during their class period but on Saturday's they have as much time as they need to complete their jumps or until 3pm, whichever comes first. Because of the weather we've had this season some Cadets were still only on their 1st Jump by this past Saturday while others were already on Jumps 3, 4 or even their 5th and final jump.
While the Cadets are jumping, the Wings of Blue Cadets assist them by radio as they make their way back to earth while under canopy. Sometimes these Cadets have some fun while they wait for the Cadets to reach altitude in the aircraft.
Each jump is videotaped from the second they exit the plane through their 10 second freefall until they release their parachute. After the entire group has landed they are then all briefed and graded on the execution of their jump. Sometimes this means the occasional retraining or practice before going for their next jump.
May you always have blue skies!
To view the rest of the pictures from our coverage of Jump, go to Galleries - Airmanship - Jump. Or click the link below.