Airborne Essay

988 Words Nov 6th, 2012 4 Pages
Airborne

Jumping out of an airplane is a life experience one will never forget. People have different reasons for doing it. Some people skydive for the sport of it. It is an exhilarating and adrenaline pumping experience. I jumped out of an airplane to earn my airborne wings in the army. It all started in Airborne School, during ground week, where we were taught how to land safely and dawn a parachute. During tower week, the second week of training, we learned pre-jump preparations and how to properly exit an airplane. Finally, the third week of training came: jump week. My classmates and I made five jumps from a C130 aircraft. Two of the jumps were with just a parachute, known as Hollywood jumps. Two of the jumps were with full
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Stories of jumps from the past, good and bad, filled the air. Another airborne soldier and I helped each other put on our parachutes. A traditional song “Blood on the Risers” go the whole group singing. Even I sang along, “Gory, Gory, what a hell of a way to die. No he ain’t gonna jump no more!” At that point, I had my parachute strapped on tightly. I was then checked out by the safety noncommissioned officer (NCO). The Safety NCO slapped me on the shoulder and said, “Good luck airborne. Have a safe jump!” I replied, “Airborne leads the way!” It was time to load the plane. I stood outside the hanger in a single file line with the other soldiers. There was no sign of fear on our faces. This made me feel confident and proud to be serving my country with such a brave group of men and women. We loaded the plane by walking up the back ramp of the C130. The engine was so loud it was deafening. I felt my heart beating so fast that it felt like it was going to burst out of my chest. The way we filed up the ramp, I was set to jump third from last. We sat down on the cargo net bench seats. They were very uncomfortable. The parachute on my back made me feel like I was going to fall forward out of my seat. The plane was very dark and only a small sliver of daylight shined through the small circle windows of the plane. It was too loud to talk to the person next to me. Everyone seemed to be lost in their own thoughts

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