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    I'm considering doing this and would like feedback from people who have already done it.

    I've been in a vertical wind tunnel multiple times and thought it was awesome. The downsides are I'm quite afraid of heights and hate the feeling of falling. The upside is that I think I would be more comfortable jumping out of a plane than being in one.

    I've heard that you don't have the falling sensation once you reach terminal velocity. Any truth to this? What about once the parachute opens?
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    I bought my gf and myself a skydiving tandem jump for our anniversary. We keep trying to go but the weather (and sometimes life) keeps getting in the way. If we ever do it I'll report back. I hear it's very addictive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphosis View Post
    I've heard that you don't have the falling sensation once you reach terminal velocity. Any truth to this? What about once the parachute opens?
    This is true, and the gut feeling of falling itself lasts less than a second. After that it's just an immense feeling of air pushing against your whole body. It takes a couple seconds to adjust to that and then the fun begins. Once the parachute opens, you're only falling at about 5-15 mph so it's fairly peaceful.

    If you're afraid of heights, you may be able to avoid that panic by talking with your tandem partner or other people in the plane. It helps take your mind off it and you'll quickly see that repeat jumpers dont really have time to be afraid because they are getting ready for the fun and thrill.

    I would highly suggest this activity to anyone who hasn't tried it! It's 10 times as fun as it looks and 10 times less frightening than you would imagine! Also, statistically safe, especially going with a tandem partner with a lot of jumps under their belt.

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    Thanks for the input. I figure I'll probably give it a try relatively soon.

    I have to sell my motorcycle so I thought I'd give this a try and spend the money on AFF if I like it.
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    Yeah, you don't really get the falling feeling. All you really feel is the wind rushing around you. My 1st time falling out the back of plane was kind of disorienting. All I could hear was the wind around me and when I opened my eyes I thought for a split second that I was watching the plane spin down and away from me. Wasn't 'till my chute opened that I got reoriented and realized I was spinning down and away from it.

    Once the chute opens, it feels a lot more like you're floating. Its like this huge adrenaline rush going out of the plane, then your chute opens and all of a sudden its very tranquil.

    I'm not the best authority on this though. I'm hoping to go skydiving once life slows down a little. I've been out of a plane more than a dozen times, but only for the military and never from any higher than 1200ft. T-10D chute brings you down a helluva lot faster than a civilian chute too. Tell ya now, paratroopers get jealous watchin' how civilian skydivers land. LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix_400 View Post
    I'm not the best authority on this though. I'm hoping to go skydiving once life slows down a little. I've been out of a plane more than a dozen times, but only for the military and never from any higher than 1200ft. T-10D chute brings you down a helluva lot faster than a civilian chute too. Tell ya now, paratroopers get jealous watchin' how civilian skydivers land. LOL!
    I should be in Airborne School in February or March so I guess I'll get to compare.

    Thanks for the input.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphosis View Post
    I should be in Airborne School in February or March so I guess I'll get to compare.

    Thanks for the input.
    Good Luck!

    Just remember: Feet and knees together. Act like a sack of potatoes when you hit the ground.
    (The advice our Drill Sgt gave us in AIT right before we shipped off to Airborne School)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix_400 View Post
    Good Luck!

    Just remember: Feet and knees together. Act like a sack of potatoes when you hit the ground.
    (The advice our Drill Sgt gave us in AIT right before we shipped off to Airborne School)
    Act like a sack of potatoes when you hit the ground? Dear Lord.....never, no never going to happen! LOL


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    Quote Originally Posted by infjwatching View Post
    Act like a sack of potatoes when you hit the ground? Dear Lord.....never, no never going to happen! LOL
    LOL! It really is an amazing experience.

    To Metamorphosis: Found a 9 part video series on youtube of an Airborne class going through. Videos about 10 minutes a piece. It'll give you a good idea of what you'll be going through. Just bring some determination, a sense of humor, and a bottle of Excedrin and you'll be fine (You'll probably get headaches from all the PLF practice. I did, but I'm prone to migraines.)

    It really is a blast. Wouldn't trade the experience for the world.

    EDIT: Parts 8 & 9 are the ones of actually jumpin'.

    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M17dsDhZcSo&feature=related"]US Army Airborne School Class #44-07 Part 1 of 9[/YOUTUBE]
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    Posting the highlights for those that don't want to go through the whole series.

    Parts 8 and 9. Jump Week.

    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHB2SIp4nmM&feature=related"]So, You wanna jump outta planes? [/YOUTUBE]

    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-eXM_n-CA4&feature=related"]AIRBORNE! HOOAH!!! [/YOUTUBE]
    "People in glass houses shouldn't use Windex when living near bird sanctuaries."- myself

    "We are never alone my friend. We are constantly in the company of victories, losses, strengths and weaknesses. Make no mistake, life is war...and war is hell. Those who fight the hardest will suffer the most...but that's what you have to do: Fight. As long as you're feeling pain, then there's hope...because only the dead do not suffer." -RD Metcalf
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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