Jump Aerial Summer Session 1, Group 1
It was a beautiful Colorado day yesterday which made for some ideal conditions for Jump AM-490 students to do their first aerial jump!
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.
Getting ready for their jump is quite the process and entails them putting on their parachutes, having them inspected by Wings of Blue instructors, properly securing their helmut and goggles, and getting a weather brief.
Then they each touch the Wings on the wall for good luck as they head out to the Twin Otter airlplane that will take them up to altitude for their jumps.
AM-490 is the only program in the entire world where the first jump is an unassisted freefall.One can just imagine what goes through each of their minds as they each take that first step out of the plane to start the freefall and the relief they feel when the chute opens!
Landing for each of them brought emotions of both relief and exhilaration. There were some great smiles all around after completion of their first free fall jump which was a wonderful sight to see!
Priority with Jump Aerial is for the students to get their five jumps in to earn their wings. WebGuy will take group photos if time allows and it does not interfere with the students getting their jumps completed. We capture as many groups as we can, but some may not get photographed due to time contraints.
To view photos from this jump session, go to GALLERIES > AIRMANSHIP ( select 21-22 Academic year at the top of the page) > JUMP. Set photo order OLDEST to NEWEST. Select your start page (21-55) or c lick on the link below.