A couple years ago, just aroud break-off (3,000ft.), I was struck in the
chest by something that felt like a rotten apple. It really freeked me
because I wasn't used to hitting anything in freefall. When I got to the
ground there was *** on my jumpsuit, and it wasn't mine! When I was
hit I was in a two-way star with Tom Mclaughlin, so I asked him if he was
bleeding!? He wasn't but he also had *** on one of his gloves. We
determined it must have been a bird since nobody on the load was injured.
The more I thought about this incident, the more scary it became....a
few inches higher, and It would have hit me square in the face......
suppose it was a big bird, like a goose or a duck!! We can spot around
the really big birds (other aircraft), but it's close to imposible to
predict where the smaller ones are. You hope birds will move as you wiz
past them, but at terminal velocity, to them, I'm sure we come out of
nowhere!! Maybe we should wear some sort of sonic device to warn them,
like what you would put on your car to warn deer? The chances are slim,
but I can tell you, first hand, it happens!
TC (TANDEM, I'95, D-14553)
"PARACHUTES ARE THE BEST WAY, SO FAR, TO RETURN TO EARTH SAFELY AFTER