Gordons first parachute jump from a navy helicopter.
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First Parachute Jump from a UH-1N Navy Helicopter

This is the A-7 Corsair located at NAS Lemoore in 1976 where we do our parachute jumps.
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Gordon Doody's first Parachute jump from a US Navy Heuy UH-1N Helicopter, in this photo is Doug Shreffler and Marshal Hager.

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This is part of the jump club at NAS Lemoore.  Doug Shreffler was the Jump Master and an A-7 Pilot, Marshall Hager was a Pararigger.  I believe Marshall had around a thousand jumps at this time.  This photo was taken in about 1976

Webmasters Note:  This whole exhibit was very interesting because I knew Marshall Hager and Doug Shreffler when I was a member of the jump club.  It's a small world.  When we jumped it cost only two dollars per jump, one dollar for the parachute rental and one dollar for the helicopter ride.  After we were completed jumping for the day, the advanced jumpers would go up to fifteen thousand feet and make their final jump at the beach at the river and the rest of us would take the money and buy beer and meet them there.  It was great!  Here we were sitting at the river just like all of the other people and suddenly, out of the sky, the other guys would open their chutes and land at our area of the beach.

Actually, as you can see, the jumps were free.  The reason for this was that the pilot of the helicopter needed to get his hours flying and there was no better way for him to get experience than to take a bunch of guys jumping.



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