Jump Aerial Summer Session 3, Group 1
Perfect weather today for the students of Jump 490 to complete their first couple of 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.
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 building they touch the jump wings for good luck.
Then it is time to load up into the Twin Otter Airplane which will take them up to the jump altitude and out they jump when instructed by the jump master.
AM-490 is the only program in the entire world where the first jump is an unassisted freefall.
The joy and relief they must feel is written clearly on their faces as they walk back to the middle landing area where their jump masters await them.
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Jump Aerial Summer Session 3, Group 1 pgs.293-330 Jump Aerial