Originally Posted by Mdlerth
So often the most unpleasant experiences make the best stories!
And here's the boring story in its (almost) entirety:
- Had the basic training one weekend, then it was too windy for beginners to jump.
- Returned the following Sunday.....sat around most of the day because it was still too windy......watched the 'pros' overshoot because of the wind, (one landed atop a minivan in the parking lot).
- We finally get the call....I have the shortest line and am designated as first out. Up in the air we get the word that there's another plane in the vicinity, so we circle for five minutes.
- Finally jump.....we had a one-way radio attached to the harness so that the ground jumpmaster can give instruction.....heard him say "OK number 2 (I'm number 1), if you're not going to listen to me you're on your own".....I'm thinking "What about number 1?"
- Then I hear a guy on a CB radio telling his buddy he has a case of beer, and to meet at his place.
- So, with no instruction, I figure independent action is required, and start 'crabbing' so I
don't end up in the parking lot.
- Instead I landed in a newly plowed, rutted, farmer's field! Wind's blowing, I initially thought I might have broken my leg, and the chute's dragging me.
- Later I asked a friend if the ground 'jumpmaster' said anything about number 1.....he replied "Yes, he said you were doing great".
- Oh, the irony.