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An Asian Island with a Western History

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An island in the western Pacific

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Ferdinand Magellan 1521
Portuguese, sailing for
the king of Spain.
5 ships on westward
route to the Spice
Islands.

237 me...
Pacific was Uncharted
Missed the Islands to the South

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Navigation
Challenges


Magellan did
not know the
wind & ocean
currents.

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Magellan was Killed in
Cebu, Philippines.

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1820
 700 whaling ships &
18,000 men plied the Pacific;
few sailed the Atlantic
Most Atlantic whales
harvested
 Pacific ...
 7 families from
Massachusetts

1831

 Stopped in
Hawaii
 Picked up
Nathaniel
Savory, British
Sailor.

1
4

3

2

 U.S...
The
Western
Pacific
Uninhabited,
unnamed island.
Half way between
Tokyo & Guam
500 mi/800 km
from Tokyo &
Okinawa

Para...
Natural
Harbor

3 x 5 miles/
4 x 8 kms

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Had Fresh Water
 Island known
to whalers

 Semi-tropical
 Good water
supply

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Beaches and a Harbor

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The View From Mt Chuo Today

1,000’/300m
Elevation.
See the
harbor.

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Whaling Ship
Stop

Food, water, alcohol

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1853
 Japanese cut selves off from
world.
 Advanced society
 Perry on way to open trade
 Perry bought 50 acres from
Sa...
1862
 Some Japanese dropped by
 Settlers protested to
Washington.
 War Department was busy
with the Civil War.
 Wrote,...
1874 First
Overseas Expedition
Response to the
murder of 54
crewmembers of a
wrecked merchant
vessel by the
Paiwan.
An abo...
Beginning of
Japanese Expansion
Many
small
islands,
Korea,
Manchuria
and more.

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1912 – Japan Takes Over

 Japanese arrived at the island in force.
 Caucasians became citizens of Japan.
 Learned the J...
Some of the Savory Family
in 1927

Note the mix of Asian and Western dress
N: All was peaceful until . .

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1941 – Pearl Harbor
 Pacific became
 Polarized
 Politicized
 Militarized
 Men joined
(Japan) military
 Not trusted.
...
The Best Silk Came From Japan

(Silent Film Caption)
The parachute part of this presentation

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History of Nylon
1938: DuPont announces nylon
1941: Japan cuts off silk supply
1942: Other countries tried linen,
hemp, Ra...
Worm Spit or Coal?

Silk from caterpillars

Nylon from Petroleum

Should the pin be changed?
Wear lump of coal?
(Just a th...
The ChiChi Jima Caves

Brought the national
archives from Tokyo

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Yoake Radio Relay Station

 Essential relay link to South Pacific. Heavily defended.
 Marines about to assault Peleliu
...
nd
2

Attack: Sept 2, 1944
 Youngest Navy pilot (20)
 Single-engine Torpedo Bomber
 Crew of 3
 Radioman/belly gunner
a...
Avenger
Torpedo Bomber








50’ Wingspan
16’ High
8 tons loaded
4-500 lb bombs (Few Japanese ships left).
Largest...
Pilot‟s (QAS) Parachute
 Pilot wore harness.
 Connected 4 snaps.
 24’ flat circular.
 Silk canopy
 Cotton harness.
 ...
QAC Crew Parachutes

 Chest parachute for
top gunner
 Could not wear it in
the small turret.
 Radioman, below,
assisted...
From Cruiser to Small Carrier

 Pearl Harbor proved future would be in
carriers not battleships.
 Billy Mitchell was fin...
Largest Single-Engine
Navy Plane off
Shortest Carrier

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SB2C “Helldivers” over
ChiChi Jima

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Wake „em up with Video

Used in my aviation programs

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Bush Took Out the Tower
 Engine hit
 Oil streaming across windscreen
 Ruptured oil line
 Smoke & Flames
 Could not se...
His Aircraft was Hit

 Called to 2 crewmen to bail out
 Aircraft lost power
 Radioed his location

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The Bailout

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The Bailout & Mistake #1

 3,000’ Exit. Slid down fuselage.
 Pulled too soon.
 Hit head on horizontal stabilizer
 Cano...
The
Descent &
Mistake
#2
 Slipped out of
harness 20-50’ above
water.
 Canopy and liferaft
blew downwind.

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Pi...
Weaving Silk Fabric
 His canopy made of
Japanese silk
 US still had a large
supply
 His aircraft is still at the
bottom...
One-man life raft

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The Hospitality Committee

General
Yoshio Tachibana (立花芳夫)
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The Descent

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The Rescue

 Paddled with hands more than 3 hours
 Never stopped vomiting
 Four minutes before noon,
he saw a periscope...
The Rescue

Actual photo
N: Future president was nearly captured, tortured and eaten.
Might have been know as the . . .

P...
The “Sushi” President

 Spent month under water
 Flew
 58 combat missions
 126 carrier landings
 1,228 flying hours
...
Bush Rescued 

Where it all
Occurred



Radio/Antenna 

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Surrender of ChiChi Jima

General
Yoshio Tachibana

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Flag Raising Ceremony

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1946

MacArthur

Only the Caucasian-Japanese
were allowed to return.
The Asian-Japanese did not
go back until 1968 when th...
Frederick Savory in 1946

3 Savorys and a Thompson
were the first to be repatriated
to the island.
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1948
立花芳夫

War-Crime Trials
on Guam
 Frederick Savory was
an Interpreter
 Tachibana tried,
found guilty & hanged
Nurnber...
The Caves
 Archives moved back to
Tokyo.
 US stored atomic field
munitions in the caves for
the Korean War.
 Deniabilit...
Symposium 1997 - Houston

Patti Chernis

Al Saylor

Bush Museum
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The Price

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Trenton, New Jersey.

S: Called Richard, Stanley Switlik
Same production run
Arrived in Houston. Parachute was there.
Call...
PIA Symposium - 1997
Bush thanked
the parachute
industry for
saving his life

S: Glass Trophy
Rehearsal
Press room. Barbar...
At 7AM, Bush Requested a
Second Chance

Chris Needels
Realized who could help.
Made mistakes the first time. Wanted to jum...
AFF Jump

Canopy not tested
Secret Service
Hit head on exit. 6’ 4”
Dust devil

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Questions
A few minutes
for your questions
before we go into
the closing slides.
“If God wanted us
to stay on the groun...
Books on
ChiChi Jima

Hank Searls: Jaws the Revenge, etc..
1991. Came to my workshop.
S: What kind of revenge?
S: Hank and...
Please Tell Others
About This Program
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Not only time

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Veterans
Military
Ge...
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Tiny Broadwick
Sam Patch, Original Jumper.
Floyd Smith
North Pole Briefing
Lawn Chai...
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The News


The Good News:
 At

least one president of the US has made a
parachute jump.



The Bad News:
 He



did n...
Flags of ChiChi Jima
1831 – 1912
1912 – 1945
1945 – 1968
1968 - Present
Score:
US-103 years
Japan-75 years
N: End

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The Amazing
Story of
a Small Island

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My name is
Dan Poynter
and
I want you to
know our
history
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“ Only
skydivers
know why
the birds
sing.”

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This tiny volcanic island in the far western Pacific was settled by seven Caucasian families from Massachusetts in 1831. It was visited by Commodore Perry in 1853 and began flying the U.S. flag.

Chichi Jima became part of Japan in 1912. It is in the Bonin Island chain, not far from Iwo Jima. The Caucasian residents became citizens of Japan.

When World War II erupted, the young men of the island joined the Japanese military. While Iwo Jima had flat areas appropriate for an airfield, mountainous Chichi Jima was selected for a strategic radio relay station.

As the war progressed in 1944, the U.S. Navy decided the radio station had to be taken out. The second attempt was given to 20-year old Lt (j.g.) George H. W. Bush, a future president of the United States. His plane was hit and he bailed out over the water.

The island is still inhabited by descendants of the original Caucasian settlers.
Fascinating geography and a great piece of little-known history.


Dan Poynter is past president of the Parachute Industry Association, past chairman of the Board of the U.S. Parachute Association, past president of the International Hang Gliding Commission and is a trustee of the National Skydiving Museum. He has written more than 120 books; ten on parachutes, skydiving and hang gliding. A pilot, skydiver and master parachute rigger, this Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) is a frequent speaker at aviation and other events.

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  • 7or 12 families?They ‘rounded the horn and sailed up and across the Pacific.Their ship duplicated Magellan’s route. Stopped in Hawaii and picked up Nathaniel Savory, a British sailor who had been recovering from a canon accident. He was a good organizer.US Needed a coaling station. Ships could go SFO-Hawaii but could not reach Shanghai.
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  • The US put Japanese-American into internment camps. Japan put their draft-age young Caucasians into the military but they looked different and were not really trusted. Having emerald eyes and fair hair was no longer a joking matter.
  • Also B-29s from Saipan in Northern Marianas.ChiChi Jima could warn Tokyo they were coming.
  • Bush named the aircraft Barbie after his girl friend and future wife.  
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  • The canopy blew toward ChiChi Jima. Other pilots flew toward and pointed out the raft. Then he found the raft, swam toward it and climbed in. The one-man life raft. Wind blew toward the island, 2 miles away. He paddled away with his hands. Japanese sent out boats to intercept him. Bush's fellow pilots strafed the boats and turned them around. He was seasick, groggy and vomiting. (Actual photo of Bush)
  • The Japanese waited on the beach and watched him through binoculars. On the island was a sadistic Japanese general who delighted in torturing captured allied servicemen, cutting them up and feeding them to his officers.  Lt General Yoshio Tachibana
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  • In February, 1997, the Parachute Industry Association held their fourth International Parachute Symposium in Houston. I took over the Director position on the death of Patty Chernis.Al Saylor suggested George Bush, who lived in Houston, for the keynote. I told the story of his 1944 jump. There is a parachute connection: the only US president to make a parachute jump. But Bush gets $110M for a speech. Bush said he was collecting memorabilia for his presidential library and museum which opens November 5 and 6, and that he had a torpedo bomber but he needed an example of the parachute he used to sit on.
  • I consulted my manual.
  • S: Call to Switlik. ProPhone. 2:25/5:05 PM. Richard Switlik. Father Stanley Switlik. Switlik said he knew the story, had the original application for the Caterpillar Club written by George Bush, and had a QAS type parachute from the same production run as the one used by Bush in 1944.Arrival in Houston: Parachute was there,I called Chris Needles, USPA ExDir, back in Washington. He worked for Bush in the White House (Ollie North’s National Security office). I appointed him liaison b/n PIA and Bush
  • The auditorium was packed and the skydivers were dressed in their best.Dan Poynter presenting a Switlik QAS parachute to President George Bush.  PIA Opening Ceremonies tape from TV station. 2 ¼ minutes.
  • Once Bush met PIA, he recognized he knew some people who could help him realize his dream, his vow back in 1944—to jump again. Bush called Chris Needles at 7AM. (At attention). He made mistakes the first time and wanted to do it right. He had to make another jump to bring closure to the one (vertical) aviation activity he had not completely mastered
  • Requested an AFF jump—pull his own ripcord. Met in YumaThe Secret Service were everywhere: Ground and aircraft.Kings and other important people have a food taster. One Secret Service officer was to jump. After the FJC, he did not jump. This is the only time in many years that a Secret Service agent has not been within a few feet of Bush. Gear would have been Army olive drab. I insisted on r/w/b. Manta selected. Man-O-War larger. FJC. He is a pilot. He know which way the wind is blowing. Learned stability, canopy flying, emergency procedures, etc. Problems.A. 4 days out , parachute not tested. Tested and found to be opening hard and unstable. Sent off for another canopy. Only a Manta in rainbow pattern was available, not r/w/b/. They jumped it 3 times. Packed it to open softly. The Secret Service watched. B. Hit head on exit. 6’ 4” tall.C. Dust devil. (Find my photos of the day)
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  • Bush is Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Skydiving Museum in Fredericksburg, VA.
  • ChiChi Jima: An Asian Island with a Western History

    1. 1. Dan Poynter‟s An Asian Island with a Western History © 2012 An island in the western Pacific ParaPub.com
    2. 2. Ferdinand Magellan 1521 Portuguese, sailing for the king of Spain. 5 ships on westward route to the Spice Islands. 237 men departed Sanlúcar, Spain, 18 completed the voyage. ParaPub.com
    3. 3. Pacific was Uncharted Missed the Islands to the South ParaPub.com
    4. 4. Navigation Challenges  Magellan did not know the wind & ocean currents. ParaPub.com
    5. 5. Magellan was Killed in Cebu, Philippines. ParaPub.com
    6. 6. 1820  700 whaling ships & 18,000 men plied the Pacific; few sailed the Atlantic Most Atlantic whales harvested  Pacific was well known ParaPub.com
    7. 7.  7 families from Massachusetts 1831  Stopped in Hawaii  Picked up Nathaniel Savory, British Sailor. 1 4 3 2  U.S. Needed a coaling station in western Pacific names like Robinson, Webb, Gilley, Washington and Gonzales. (Trace route) ParaPub.com
    8. 8. The Western Pacific Uninhabited, unnamed island. Half way between Tokyo & Guam 500 mi/800 km from Tokyo & Okinawa ParaPub.com
    9. 9. Natural Harbor 3 x 5 miles/ 4 x 8 kms ParaPub.com
    10. 10. Had Fresh Water  Island known to whalers  Semi-tropical  Good water supply ParaPub.com
    11. 11. Beaches and a Harbor ParaPub.com
    12. 12. The View From Mt Chuo Today 1,000’/300m Elevation. See the harbor. ParaPub.com
    13. 13. Whaling Ship Stop Food, water, alcohol ParaPub.com
    14. 14. 1853  Japanese cut selves off from world.  Advanced society  Perry on way to open trade  Perry bought 50 acres from Savory.  Made Savory an Agent of the US Navy  Savory asked to be part of the US and accepted a flag.  Perry went to Edo (Tokyo) Bay and ships terrified the Japanese. Commodore Perry Iron-clad steamships ParaPub.com
    15. 15. 1862  Some Japanese dropped by  Settlers protested to Washington.  War Department was busy with the Civil War.  Wrote, you are on your own.  Japanese did not bother them again. ParaPub.com
    16. 16. 1874 First Overseas Expedition Response to the murder of 54 crewmembers of a wrecked merchant vessel by the Paiwan. An aboriginal tribe on the southeastern tip of Taiwan. ParaPub.com
    17. 17. Beginning of Japanese Expansion Many small islands, Korea, Manchuria and more. ParaPub.com
    18. 18. 1912 – Japan Takes Over  Japanese arrived at the island in force.  Caucasians became citizens of Japan.  Learned the Japanese language, customs, dress and food.  Still spoke English too.  Got along well.  Japan named the island ChiChi Jima (Father Island).  U.S. did not object. ParaPub.com
    19. 19. Some of the Savory Family in 1927 Note the mix of Asian and Western dress N: All was peaceful until . . ParaPub.com
    20. 20. 1941 – Pearl Harbor  Pacific became  Polarized  Politicized  Militarized  Men joined (Japan) military  Not trusted. ParaPub.com
    21. 21. The Best Silk Came From Japan (Silent Film Caption) The parachute part of this presentation ParaPub.com
    22. 22. History of Nylon 1938: DuPont announces nylon 1941: Japan cuts off silk supply 1942: Other countries tried linen, hemp, Rayon, etc.  U.S. switched to nylon  Betty Grable Striano in NJ Superior to silk ParaPub.com
    23. 23. Worm Spit or Coal? Silk from caterpillars Nylon from Petroleum Should the pin be changed? Wear lump of coal? (Just a thought) ParaPub.com
    24. 24. The ChiChi Jima Caves Brought the national archives from Tokyo ParaPub.com
    25. 25. Yoake Radio Relay Station  Essential relay link to South Pacific. Heavily defended.  Marines about to assault Peleliu  First mission failed to destroy station ParaPub.com
    26. 26. nd 2 Attack: Sept 2, 1944  Youngest Navy pilot (20)  Single-engine Torpedo Bomber  Crew of 3  Radioman/belly gunner and a top gunner Lt, jg, George Bush ParaPub.com
    27. 27. Avenger Torpedo Bomber       50’ Wingspan 16’ High 8 tons loaded 4-500 lb bombs (Few Japanese ships left). Largest single-engine plane in Navy Bush named plane “Barbie” for girl friend. ParaPub.com
    28. 28. Pilot‟s (QAS) Parachute  Pilot wore harness.  Connected 4 snaps.  24’ flat circular.  Silk canopy  Cotton harness.  Switlik ParaPub.com
    29. 29. QAC Crew Parachutes  Chest parachute for top gunner  Could not wear it in the small turret.  Radioman, below, assisted, then both exited. ParaPub.com
    30. 30. From Cruiser to Small Carrier  Pearl Harbor proved future would be in carriers not battleships.  Billy Mitchell was finally vindicated.  Converted cruisers to carriers. Carrier San Jacinto ParaPub.com
    31. 31. Largest Single-Engine Navy Plane off Shortest Carrier ParaPub.com
    32. 32. SB2C “Helldivers” over ChiChi Jima ParaPub.com
    33. 33. Wake „em up with Video Used in my aviation programs ParaPub.com
    34. 34. Bush Took Out the Tower  Engine hit  Oil streaming across windscreen  Ruptured oil line  Smoke & Flames  Could not see his instruments  Continued to strafe & bomb  Took out the tower  Turned east--out to sea ParaPub.com
    35. 35. His Aircraft was Hit  Called to 2 crewmen to bail out  Aircraft lost power  Radioed his location ParaPub.com
    36. 36. The Bailout ParaPub.com
    37. 37. The Bailout & Mistake #1  3,000’ Exit. Slid down fuselage.  Pulled too soon.  Hit head on horizontal stabilizer  Canopy caught on plane then ripped free.  3 gores damaged. ParaPub.com  Descent more stable.
    38. 38. The Descent & Mistake #2  Slipped out of harness 20-50’ above water.  Canopy and liferaft blew downwind. ParaPub.com Pilots flew over
    39. 39. Weaving Silk Fabric  His canopy made of Japanese silk  US still had a large supply  His aircraft is still at the bottom of the lagoon ParaPub.com
    40. 40. One-man life raft ParaPub.com
    41. 41. The Hospitality Committee General Yoshio Tachibana (立花芳夫) ParaPub.com
    42. 42. The Descent ParaPub.com
    43. 43. The Rescue  Paddled with hands more than 3 hours  Never stopped vomiting  Four minutes before noon, he saw a periscope 100 yards away.  He was paralyzed with terror thinking it was a Japanese sub. (Actual photo of Bush) ParaPub.com
    44. 44. The Rescue Actual photo N: Future president was nearly captured, tortured and eaten. Might have been know as the . . . ParaPub.com
    45. 45. The “Sushi” President  Spent month under water  Flew  58 combat missions  126 carrier landings  1,228 flying hours  Distinguished Flying Cross & 3 Air Medals ParaPub.com
    46. 46. Bush Rescued  Where it all Occurred  Radio/Antenna  ParaPub.com
    47. 47. Surrender of ChiChi Jima General Yoshio Tachibana ParaPub.com
    48. 48. Flag Raising Ceremony ParaPub.com
    49. 49. 1946 MacArthur Only the Caucasian-Japanese were allowed to return. The Asian-Japanese did not go back until 1968 when the islands returned to Japanese ParaPub.com control.
    50. 50. Frederick Savory in 1946 3 Savorys and a Thompson were the first to be repatriated to the island. ParaPub.com
    51. 51. 1948 立花芳夫 War-Crime Trials on Guam  Frederick Savory was an Interpreter  Tachibana tried, found guilty & hanged Nurnberg ParaPub.com
    52. 52. The Caves  Archives moved back to Tokyo.  US stored atomic field munitions in the caves for the Korean War.  Deniability: “No atom bombs in Japan or Korea.”  Could be why China gave in on Korean armistice. Atomic Annie ParaPub.com
    53. 53. Symposium 1997 - Houston Patti Chernis Al Saylor Bush Museum ParaPub.com
    54. 54. The Price ParaPub.com
    55. 55. Trenton, New Jersey. S: Called Richard, Stanley Switlik Same production run Arrived in Houston. Parachute was there. Called Chris Needles ParaPub.com
    56. 56. PIA Symposium - 1997 Bush thanked the parachute industry for saving his life S: Glass Trophy Rehearsal Press room. Barbara Gaughen. Joe Vitale. Linda Credeur. Auditorium packed. Radio & TV 6’ 4” ParaPub.com
    57. 57. At 7AM, Bush Requested a Second Chance Chris Needels Realized who could help. Made mistakes the first time. Wanted to jump again. Closure. ParaPub.com
    58. 58. AFF Jump Canopy not tested Secret Service Hit head on exit. 6’ 4” Dust devil ParaPub.com
    59. 59. 7 Questions A few minutes for your questions before we go into the closing slides. “If God wanted us to stay on the ground, He would have given us roots.” ParaPub.com
    60. 60. Books on ChiChi Jima Hank Searls: Jaws the Revenge, etc.. 1991. Came to my workshop. S: What kind of revenge? S: Hank and Bush in 1992 election ParaPub.com
    61. 61. Please Tell Others About This Program  Aviators      Not only time Parachute people Skydivers Veterans Military General audiences ParaPub.com
    62. 62. Aviation Programs          Tiny Broadwick Sam Patch, Original Jumper. Floyd Smith North Pole Briefing Lawn Chair Larry Jumping Without a Parachute Caterpillar Club Charles Lindbergh’s Jumps ChiChi Jima See Program Details on the Website ParaPub.com
    63. 63. ParaPub.com
    64. 64. The News  The Good News:  At least one president of the US has made a parachute jump.  The Bad News:  He  did not make it out of choice. But he did return to do it right. ParaPub.com
    65. 65. Flags of ChiChi Jima 1831 – 1912 1912 – 1945 1945 – 1968 1968 - Present Score: US-103 years Japan-75 years N: End ParaPub.com
    66. 66. The Amazing Story of a Small Island ParaPub.com
    67. 67. My name is Dan Poynter and I want you to know our history ParaPub.com
    68. 68. “ Only skydivers know why the birds sing.” ParaPub.com

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