Parachutist Around the World

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We started this section in July 2007, and it has been a runaway hit! We knew skydivers were adventurous, but some of the places you all have been to are incredible.

We have limited space to publish the best ones in the magazine, but they all go on the Parachutist Around the World online feature. Let me just say first of all that “best” means photographically best for print magazine use – clear subject in focus, high resolution and a discernible, recognizable landmark in the background, all visible in a space about 6 inches square.

Since I put them all up on the website, I get to check them all out in detail, and some of my favorites are ones that did not make it into the magazine, or are best zoomed in on a computer screen (hint- click on any picture to see it full-size). So sit back, buckle up and let’s go on a virtual vicarious tour of the world!

Jonathan "Woolly" Charlton, D-25414, chillin' with Godzilla

Jonathan "Woolly" Charlton, D-25414, chillin' with Godzilla in Japan

Jonathan “Woolly” Charlton writes us about this picture – “Now, I don’t really really expect y’all to publish these (on account of the bizarre landmark), but, in any event, you might find them funny – these pictures were taken out front of the Yokohama Tire plant in Shinshiro, Japan.  The Godzilla was made from varying-sized Yokohama tires!”

I personally found it awesome-ly funny, Woolly, thanks for the great pic!

Jeff Sears, D-25918, and a monkey enjoy Parachustist in the Monkey Forest, Ubud Bali. Photo by Fiona Horne, A-51051.

Jeff Sears, D-25918, and a monkey enjoy Parachustist in the Monkey Forest, Ubud Bali. Photo by Fiona Horne, A-51051.

The best part of this picture is only really visible if you zoom in over Jeff’s left shoulder. Monkey! Reading Parachutist! Maybe we can teach the monkey to sit-fly, too!

Jeff Morgan, D-24891, catches up on the latest in front of Wigwam Village #2 in Cave City, Kentucky. Photo by Bert Morgan.

Jeff Morgan, D-24891, catches up on the latest in front of Wigwam Village #2 in Cave City, Kentucky. Photo by Bert Morgan.

I’ll be honest, I don’t quite get what’s going on in this picture, but I know that I like it.

Maybe we’ll organize some themes for you next time – Parachutist readers in the snow, on the water, under the water, at work, on mountains, in the military, in spaceships (seriously!) . . . But I’ll leave you with my personal favorite, if only because it’s where I want to be – living on the beach, fishing and popping up to Elsinore to make a jump every now and then:

Ed Duncan, D-37, (right) and Kelso Smith, D-13930, (left), in Ensenada, Mexico, where Ed lives. He also still skydives at Elsinore every time he gets a chance. Photo by Linda James-Smith

Ed Duncan, D-37, (right) and Kelso Smith, D-13930, (left), in Ensenada, Mexico, where Ed lives. He also still skydives at Elsinore every time he gets a chance. Photo by Linda James-Smith.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

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