M-Wolverine

October 14th, 2010 at 2:55 PM ^

I'm usually pretty good at embedding. Did you have to do something to take the video, and then create the link to put it in, or did you just find the embed code somewhere I wasn't looking? Because I know people have put the Michigan videos in before...but I couldn't find the code to save my life.

jaster

October 15th, 2010 at 6:10 AM ^

Well, he does have over 1000 jumps under his belt, so he's probably used to it.  That said, I did meet a paratropper who had over 3000 jumps and was still terrified of heights.  Said his legs shook uncontrollably before every jump.  Some people just run on adrenaline, it's a pretty enjoyable drug after all.

umjgheitma

October 14th, 2010 at 3:02 PM ^

I had no idea there was that much to control on a parachute. I just thought there were flaps for left and right, not six different lines to keep in order. I almost got sick from all the spinning, not sure what that was helping unless it was just him purely trying to lose altitude quickly.

Haxel Rose

October 14th, 2010 at 4:47 PM ^

There are only two controls on a parachute, called toggles, and they turn you clockwise or counterclockwise. The other lines he is grabbing are the actual lines that connect his parachute to the harness. In a normal parachute jump you will not mess with those lines, but since this guy is a fancy expert, he spends a lot of time manipulating the lines to do tights spins, etc.

AIRBORNE

jaster

October 15th, 2010 at 6:14 AM ^

You pretty much nailed it.  By angling himself so that he is facing the ground, he loses altitude more quickly.  The spinning is incorporated during such a maneuver to both help keep him stabilized and to maintain his path toward the stadium.

MGoShoe

October 14th, 2010 at 3:05 PM ^

...as it gets.  Bravo Zulu to SGT Sniffen and his support team.  I'm sure the Tri-Service Color Guard was pumped to raise the flag that had just been parachuted in.  I know I would have been.

wigeon

October 14th, 2010 at 4:23 PM ^

one could easily land a mile from the stadium, with wind and lack of experience.  That type of chute has a 7-12 mph forward drift, depending on the exact model.

I'd be guessing he dropped at 4-5000 feet, which appeared to be a necessity to get the flag deployed.

Good stuff. 

Hooah. 

macdaddy

October 14th, 2010 at 3:37 PM ^

The jump team walked up our aisle (Sec. 22) later in the game and the crowd went nuts. I think the guys were pretty jacked too. They were high-fiving everyone. Totally sweet.

Princetonwolverine

October 14th, 2010 at 4:29 PM ^

I wonder if he practiced that before doing it with the crowd there. Wouldn't there be a change in wind speed and direction as soon as you enter the stadium? Glad he wasn't spinning ALL the way down. Amazing!

NinjaDMM

October 14th, 2010 at 8:30 PM ^

That was awesome! Thanks for sharing! I know I would never be able to do such a thing, just looking down when he stepped off the plane made me feel I was up there, started to get sick! Amazing! One time I flew directly over the big house heading west from Metro, got a few pics of that.

buddhafrog

October 14th, 2010 at 9:27 PM ^

I'll be impressed when he does that before a UM vs. Duke game at Crisler.

Actually, that we really cool, especially at the end when you could start to hear the crowd.  Thanks for posting.

Search4Meaning

October 14th, 2010 at 9:55 PM ^

for their opening ceremonies!  Fly overs.  Sky Divers.  It's sweet.  And it adds to the memories for everyone.

Including recruits - a definite plus.

Go Blue - or go home!