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POPS record over Skydive Palatka
By David Laidlaw
Congratulations to all you old guys who completed a 25-way over Skydive Palatka this afternoon, Saturday, June 3rd. Sorry, Lake Wales.
From three King Airs, on just the second attempt, the following 25 jumpers completed a planned 25-way freefall formation (a six-way donut base with weed-wackers) and held the point for about 14 seconds as recorded by three video/photographers.
The over-40 group was organized by Larry Elmore, John Greenwood, Joe Morgan, and Billy Weber.
John Greenwood, Mike Wadel, Johnny Sumner, Larry Elmore, Dennis Read (Who broke the record on his 1000th jump-Congratulations!), Dene Berry, Mike Lutrell, John Wright, Bill Hector, Alan Mastin, Tim Harber, Mike Barnes, Jay Vass, Tom Balboni, Paul Bliss, Sarah McCarthy, Billy Weber, Sam Bussey, Lee Edmonson, Gordon Hardage, Ronnie (R.J.) Smith, Joyce Smith, Dean Vaughn, Joe Morgan, Mike Whalen.
All of whom have the dubious distinction of surviving many many years in the sport, and living into their forties (wow, that seems soooo far away).
Pilots included Bob Adamo, DZO/Chief Pilot Mike Rouse, and the awesome Jimmy Teters. Mike and Jimmy are also POPs, as were two of the three photographers; Van Wideman and some really nice guy named Norman Kent, who may have taken a photo or two at some point in the past.
A planned 28-way came up just one short on the third formation load, but came close to completing a second point round.
My congratulations to all participants, and my thanks, for letting this one punk kid come along and play with my cameras and with you. Please sign me up for the first POPS records of February, 2014. Until then, I'll keep practicing.
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