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2009-04-19 00:00:00

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Airborne Systems Group, which has combined the world's leading parachute brands specializing in aerial delivery, rescue and survival equipment, and engineering services, today marked the 90th anniversary of the historic parachute jump by Leslie Irvin, who later pioneered an entire parachute industry. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090419/LA98771) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071210/LAM094LOGO) Born near Los...

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2009-04-15 19:30:00

Two Air Force officers finished 103 tandem skydives in 24 hours Wednesday in Florida to earn a Guinness world record, witnesses said. Lt. Cols. Chip Bowlin and Kristin Gould of MacDill Air Force Base achieved the feat to help raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the Fox News affiliate TV station in Tampa, Fla., reported. Their fasted cycle was 5 1/2 minutes from take-off to landing, they said. First of all everyone knows we're crazy, Gould said. We have talked for a long...

2009-04-04 13:48:19

A nonagenarian Englishman says he truly enjoyed jumping from an airplane to raise money for the Royal National Life-Boat Institution. George Moyse of Bournemouth, who turns 98 Wednesday, said following his inaugural 10,000-foot leap he will likely enjoy the thrill of sky diving again, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. It was lovely. I really enjoyed it, I wasn't frightened at all. It was the first time but it won't be the last, said Moyse, who jumped in tandem with a 43-year-old...

2009-03-16 17:26:00

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Former Team Members Gather at Fort Bragg to Recognize Milestone FORT BRAGG, N.C., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Golden Knights, the U.S. Army's official parachute demonstration team, kicked off their 50th anniversary today during a special ceremony that celebrated the team's half century of serving the country as Army ambassadors while also representing more than one million American Soldiers. "Fifty years ago, the Golden Knights were established to...

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2009-03-13 15:55:00

NASA and U.S. Air Force test pilots have just dropped a 50,000-pound "dummy" rocket booster on the Arizona desert--and stopped it before it crashed.It's all part of NASA's plan to return to the Moon."NASA's new Ares moon rocket is going to have a reusable booster stage that we plan to recover after each mission," explains James Burnum of Marshall Space Flight Center. "To 'catch' the booster before it crashes back to Earth, we need a super-reliable parachute system."Chief pilot Frank Batteas...

2009-03-06 20:02:56

A team of amateur sleuths say they are scouring Oregon and Washington state for clues to the fate of a 1971 airline hijacker who jumped from a plane. Retired businessman and amateur scientist Tom Kaye said his team of amateur investigators have conducted experiments with money in the Columbia River to try to reconstruct the path taken by some of the cash taken by the hijacker, who called himself D.B. Cooper, The Oregonian reported Friday. The money is the only path to what happened to him...

2009-02-23 20:16:12

Authorities in Vermont said a skydiver was brought safely to the ground after he nearly collided with a 7,200 volt power line and clung to a voltage regulator. Brattleboro Police said Cameron King -- a veteran jumper with Orange, Mass., skydiving company Jumptown -- was blown off course by a strong gust of wind during his Saturday jump at the Brattleboro Winter Carnival, the Brattleboro Reformer reported Monday. You could see he was coming down very fast, then all of a sudden his parachute...

2009-02-18 11:45:15

Four generations of a family came together in Lake Wales, Fla., to skydive together even though one member is 94, family members say. Darcy Shepard said in honor of her 18th birthday, family members from four generations took to the skies in parachutes last weekend, CNN reported Wednesday. While at 18 Shepard represented the youngest family member skydiving last Saturday, the teenager said her 94-year-old great-grandmother, Harriet, also took part in the family adventure. If she can do it at...

2009-01-14 06:00:00

YUMA, Ariz., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Airborne Systems, a world leader in parachute design and manufacturing, announced they successfully completed a test drop deploying an 18,000 lb payload from 17,500 MSL under a modified modular ram-air parachute. This testing was conducted as part of a US Army Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Center development program to investigate the use of a modular design for precision guided airdrop of heavy payload systems. (Photo:...

2008-11-18 14:19:30

A professor says it's possible for an object falling from the top of New York City's Empire State Building to hit the ground despite it's wedding-cake shape. New York University physics Professor David Grier, however, told a jury Monday an object -- such as stunt-parachutist Jeb Corliss -- would have to be propelled sideways, perhaps by a 10-mph gust of wind, when leaving the building's observation deck, the New York Post reported. Grier's observation is germane because New York prosecutors...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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