European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives May 28 1968, Page 12

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 28, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseJ i inti. To of 1 i Josl Joe allows skydivers to achieve pinpoint accuracy in jumps. % f %. \ \ to. A v -. It. Sport parachuting or skydiving in More fanciful language is a lonely affair. Rarely Are there crowds on hand to cheer for their favourites and to Call for better efforts from the teams. At the . European championships at Schweinfurt Only a hand ij"-1 Ful of jumpers officials and helicopter Crews were on hand As members of six teams battled for a Chance to take part to r in the american National final in Tuc 1 1son, ariz., in june for hire Days sky divers fretted about waiting for the weather to break. In the moments when rain stopped or the winds died Down jumpers and chopper Crews rushed to copters and completed As much of the tests As possible. Biggest Triumph of the Competition was made by the seventh army team s Brent Brown who made two straight jumps on a disc .4 inches in diameter from 2,500 feet. World finals will be staged later in Graz Austria and Odds Are Good that most of the jumpers who leaped at the Schweinfurt meeting will be on hand either As jumpers or spec Tator. Jerry Dranes a photos by Merle Hunter american s. Sgt. Louis Boone helps judge style of descending jumper at meet. Jumper struggles with billowing Chute barbed wire fencing in the foreground limits mane vering area. 5r Cocks heels toward target disc just before Impact. To. Ond tumbles head yer Hees a censer of Sand Erele. The stars and stripes Green Beret carefully folds up Chute after jumping into farm pasture near the loth s bad Stoelz Headquarters. Is photos by Victor Damon the stars and stripes Tricky winds sometimes bring injuries in Landing jumper above gets first Aid for leg while More fortunate mate gets help in stowing Parachute left. By James Gunter is Munich Bureau chief getting a Parachute to open atthe right time is of considerable importance to the Man attached but get Ting one to close on schedule is usually More of a a collapsed Chute on a Windy Day can drag a Man through hellish torture. It also lays him open to Dan or from the enemy he is trying to avoid if he is in a combat it was that parachutists of the 10th special forces group air Bongo at Badt Oelz Germany were out Mal my train ing jumps with emphasis on losing the Chute quickly after each Ian ing. It was a perfect Day for this kind of problem. There was not much wind 1,250 feet which was the level Iron which the men leaped into thin air. A continued on Pant i v Page 13

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