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28-08-2017, 02:11 PM
RE: I don't care how you viewed the eclipse, it wasn't...
(26-08-2017 04:11 PM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  
(24-08-2017 06:12 AM)Gawdzilla Wrote:  I'm talking about the view the 82nd Airborne Division had. I just fucking wish I was under one of those chutes. Gasp Drooling

I served in the 82nd Airborne Division (2000-2003), and I can say with confidence that you don't what to be under one of those. The view would have been pretty, until you hit the ground at 20 MPH. Those chutes are designed to get you from plane to earth as semi-safely as possible so you don't get shot up like the floating target you are. You can get hurt easily if you don't land right. Combat jumps (for training or otherwise) are performed between 600-800 feet, meaning you are only in the air for about 30 seconds.
I had a buddy in the 82nd and he has hip & knee troubles. I think I understand why now...
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28-08-2017, 02:23 PM
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(26-08-2017 04:11 PM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  
(24-08-2017 06:12 AM)Gawdzilla Wrote:  I'm talking about the view the 82nd Airborne Division had. I just fucking wish I was under one of those chutes. Gasp Drooling

I served in the 82nd Airborne Division (2000-2003), and I can say with confidence that you don't what to be under one of those. The view would have been pretty, until you hit the ground at 20 MPH. Those chutes are designed to get you from plane to earth as semi-safely as possible so you don't get shot up like the floating target you are. You can get hurt easily if you don't land right. Combat jumps (for training or otherwise) are performed between 600-800 feet, meaning you are only in the air for about 30 seconds.
Well, a friend who runs a tandem jump service has me booked for the 2024 eclipse. He says we'll leave the plane just before totality.
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29-08-2017, 03:32 AM
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(28-08-2017 02:11 PM)Clockwork Wrote:  I had a buddy in the 82nd and he has hip & knee troubles. I think I understand why now...

Indeed. Very few people escape the 82nd without some type of jump-related injury.

(28-08-2017 02:23 PM)Gawdzilla Wrote:  Well, a friend who runs a tandem jump service has me booked for the 2024 eclipse. He says we'll leave the plane just before totality.

Good luck with your jump. Civilian parachutes are safer than those used by the military.
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29-08-2017, 04:10 AM
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lol i don't care about eclipse at all
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29-08-2017, 04:18 AM
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(29-08-2017 04:10 AM)MuntyJay Wrote:  lol i don't care about eclipse at all

You cared enough to post in this thread. Hobo
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21-09-2017, 03:21 PM
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(24-08-2017 08:14 AM)Gawdzilla Wrote:  BTW, that's a composite picture, filed under the "Too Good to be True" folder. But still the way I want to see the 2024. I'm going to book a flight.

It also depicts an annular eclipse. The most recent one (I did see it) was total. The difference is - ahem - night and day!

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22-09-2017, 02:43 PM
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(21-09-2017 03:21 PM)grejen Wrote:  
(24-08-2017 08:14 AM)Gawdzilla Wrote:  BTW, that's a composite picture, filed under the "Too Good to be True" folder. But still the way I want to see the 2024. I'm going to book a flight.

It also depicts an annular eclipse. The most recent one (I did see it) was total. The difference is - ahem - night and day!

2024 will also be another total eclipse, not annular. I'm good with just viewing photos of annulars, they're nothing like totality.

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22-09-2017, 03:48 PM
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