Have you ever jumped out of a plane?

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    May 15, 2008 9:53 PM GMT
    What's it like? I would love to do a parachute jump but I'm too scared. I would also love to take a balloon ride over the English countryside.

    What would you love to do but are too scared?
  • Timbales

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    May 15, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    I have never jumped out of a plane.

    I was scared to do the waterslides at Atlantis, but I did anyway and enjoyed it.
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    May 15, 2008 11:22 PM GMT
    I've done it and it is fantastic. I went tandem. That is with the instructor strapped to your back. He operates the chute. Wasn't scared at all. The free fall is wild. Then, when the chute opens, it is a quite calm and you just float down to a soft landing. Do it by all means.
  • jarhead5536

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    May 15, 2008 11:27 PM GMT
    Yes, I have (military training), and it was an overrated experience. I was absolutely batshit terrified, and I will never do it again unless the plane is on fire. icon_eek.gif
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    May 15, 2008 11:33 PM GMT
    Yes, it isn't so bad, the first jump is the easy one, the second is the tough one. The rest are just plain fun. Most of my jumps were at night and that is such a rush.



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    May 15, 2008 11:45 PM GMT
    It's a lot of fun, but it's a really expensive hobby because of the level of certification involved (unless you're doing it coz you're in the military).

    I enjoyed paragliding a lot more, because you get a better, longer view icon_biggrin.gif Paramotoring looks fun too.

    Don't be scared. Crossing the road is more dangerous than parachuting with safe equipment.
  • swimbikerun

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    May 16, 2008 12:56 AM GMT
    Yeah! Do it! You will most likely neither die nor get injured. They had to wrestle my bf out of the plane!

    When we landed, we went to the pub next to the airfield. Some young guy walked in after his jump, all shaking and nervous. He told us it was he first time in an airplane AND (of course) his first time jumping!

    Also there are many hot guys that jump and not that many overweight people, strange since parachuting is not such a cardiovascular activity!
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    May 16, 2008 1:13 AM GMT
    Amazing experience - Everyone should try it! icon_razz.gif

    I did a baloon ride the day after my sky dive - most boring thing i ever did! icon_confused.gif
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    May 16, 2008 1:26 AM GMT
    swimbikerun saidYeah! Do it! You will most likely neither die nor get injured.


    Somehow the words "most likely" are not comforting.

    This is not happening.
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    May 16, 2008 1:56 AM GMT
    I found white water rafting far more dangerous than parachuting. Damned near killed me and there was nothing I could do about it.
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    May 16, 2008 2:22 AM GMT
    Believe it or not, when you jump out of a plane, you do not get the sense that you are falling. You are so high up off the ground that there is nothing to tell your brain you're falling to the ground. You just get a rushing blast of cold air and a sense of disorientation.

    But you should try it. When I went I expected there would be some point where I got really scared, but it never happened. When we went up and they opened the hatch on the plane, I was ready to go. It was a total rush.
  • Hagan_F

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    May 16, 2008 2:46 AM GMT
    Global_Citizen saidBelieve it or not, when you jump out of a plane, you do not get the sense that you are falling. You are so high up off the ground that there is nothing to tell your brain you're falling to the ground. You just get a rushing blast of cold air and a sense of disorientation.

    But you should try it. When I went I expected there would be some point where I got really scared, but it never happened. When we went up and they opened the hatch on the plane, I was ready to go. It was a total rush.


    That is so true, if fact the closer you get to the ground it looks as if the ground is moving up to meet you, not a sense of falling at all. I never once felt fear, just went when they said "GO!". The silence, once your chute is open, is increadible. Very peaceful.
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    May 16, 2008 6:26 AM GMT
    It's a ton of fun, especially if you do a few flips out of the plane. And if the guy you're jumping tandem with is hot. I got lucky on both accounts.
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    May 16, 2008 7:31 AM GMT
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    May 16, 2008 9:12 AM GMT
    Something to do before I become thirde-frived.
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    May 16, 2008 9:51 AM GMT
    I will never jump out of a perfectly good airplane.icon_biggrin.gif
  • Squarejaw

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    May 16, 2008 9:53 AM GMT
    Best day of my life.
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    May 16, 2008 10:41 AM GMT
    One of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I was terrified, but calm, then it was happening, and it took forever, but was over instantly. Every time you are standing somewhere high, with the wind in your face, you will always remember it. And get that rush. It is DEFINITELY something you should do. You will never regret it.
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    May 16, 2008 10:48 AM GMT
    Yup, and it was awesome!
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    May 16, 2008 1:46 PM GMT
    Doing it tomorrow afternoon. If something goes wrong, its been swell but the swelling's gone down.

    Here's a thread just started on the topic.

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    May 16, 2008 1:52 PM GMT
    Intentionally? No.



    Well, actually, yes. Of course, it was on the tarmac. Lot's of times actually, as I was taking flying lessons at the time.

  • groundcombat

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    May 16, 2008 2:34 PM GMT
    yeah. i have 15 freefall jumps, a mix of some military and some civilian. i was trying to get lisenced at one point til it nickeled and dimed me to death. great fun, but a very expensive hobby on the front end!

    the air force actually lets you do your first freefall dive solo. that's wild. it's amazing what peer pressure can make you do. I enjoyed the first jump even though it was actually pretty terrified knowing I had to do everything. That being said, I can't imagine how a tandem jump could be disappointing.

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    May 16, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    Yep it was a great way to turn 18! Hmm... I've never really wanted to do something that I'm too scared to do. Not been able to afford it, yes, but not because of fear. Fear has it's place but should never stop you from doing something you want to, unless there's a good reason not to!
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    May 16, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    yeah, I do all the time...
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    Jun 08, 2008 2:04 PM GMT
    I've jumped out of a plane. Rather jump out of helicopters though. Rappling face first towards the ground is so much cooler in my opinion.