Jump AM-490 Aerials

USAFA has put more restrictions back in place due to Covid.  These restrictions will now reduce the coverage that Webguy is authorized and so our coverage will most likely be reduced until further notice.  This includes Intramurals, Clubs, Jacks Valley events and Airfield.

With bad weather last week and the new Covid restrictions, Webguy was only able to capture part of T day Aerial Jumps. The weather was perfect for M day jumps and we were able to capture their jumps.


As stated in the Jump Ground blog, Airmanship 490's purpose is to develop leadership traits through overcoming their fears and coping with stressful situations.  The program starts with 30 hours of instruction in basic free fall parachuting technique and procedure, to include emergency situations they may encounter when jumping.  The successful completion of 5 Jumps results in being awarded the Air Force Basic Parachutist Badge "Jump Wings", which they can wear on their uniform for the rest of their Air Force Career.

AM-490 is the only program in the entire world where the first jump is an unassisted freefall. Because of this unique difference all students, cadet or staff who go through this program will have roughly 40 hours of ground training before their first jump.

Prior to each jump, they will have their jump gear inspected by the instructors, get a final briefing on weather conditions, exiting the aircraft and proper jump technique. Then it is loading time into the Twin Otter Aircraft which will fly them out to the drop zone. As they walk out of the buildig they touch the jump wings for good luck.



 Some landed close to the Orange X in the landing zone.



Most landed further from the Orange X and had a bit of walk back to the group.



To view photos, go to Galleries > Airmanship > Jump. Set your Sort order Oldest to Newest.  Then click on the start page listed or click on the links below.

Jump Aerial T Day Pg 162-167  T Day

Jump Aerial M Day Pg 167-193  M Day