Have You Seen my Parachute: Jumping With Nothing at all.


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Astonishing stories of those who have bailed out without a parachute and survived the fall. Trace the events of seven who landed with pieces of an aircraft and three who survived the fall with nothing at all.

Next, discover the astounding story of tail gunner Nicholas Alkemade who bailed out in 1944. Unable to reach his burning parachute, he jumped without it—and survived. Falling through trees and landing in snow, he lived to tell his tale.

The story does not end there, it is only the beginning. “Where did you bury the parachute?” demanded the interrogator. Discover how he convinced the Gestapo that he was a combatant, not a spy (who could be shot). See how he was honored by the Luftwaffe and made a hero by flyers on both sides.

This is a “feel good” presentation on vertical aviation history and it is absolutely fascinating.

Which, naturally, leads us to the discussion of wing suits and the possibility of the human body being able to land without a parachute.

Dan Poynter is past president of the Parachute Industry Association, past chairman of the Board of the U.S. Parachute Association and past president of the International Hang Gliding Commission. He has written more than 120 books; seven on parachutes and skydiving. 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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  • March 6, 1943. Germans explore a British Lancaster bomber,downed during a raid on Berlin. More recently, the Brits and the German have exchanged information to identify the planes and the crews.
  • Have You Seen my Parachute: Jumping With Nothing at all.

    1. 1. Dan Poynter’s Jumping with nothing at all © 2010 ParaPub.com
    2. 2. Many Stories Begin Fairy Tales Jump Stories ParaPub.com
    3. 3. Aviation, 1903 - Horizontal  Vertical 100+ Years of Challenges ParaPub.com
    4. 4. Poll  How many are pilots?   More than 100 hours? How many have made a parachute jump?  More than 100 jumps? ParaPub.com
    5. 5. Vertical Aviation ParaPub.com
    6. 6. To Honor Vertical Aviation ParaPub.com
    7. 7. My Books 7 on parachutes and skydiving 3 on hang gliding 100+ on other subjects ParaPub.com
    8. 8. London - 1802 Andre Jacques Garnerin ParaPub.com
    9. 9. Lea Green - 1837 Robert Cocking ParaPub.com
    10. 10. How Many Have Survived a Great Fall? More than 100,000 saved by parachutes ParaPub.com
    11. 11. Many with Partial Canopies ParaPub.com
    12. 12. 7 Wreckage Riders ParaPub.com
    13. 13. 3 With Nothing at All ParaPub.com
    14. 14. Having a Bad Day? Some days are worse than others ParaPub.com
    15. 15. Surviving the Fall Nicholas Alkemade, Flight Sergeant, RAF. ParaPub.com
    16. 16. Nicholas Alkemade joined the RAF in 1940 and served with Squadron 115 ParaPub.com
    17. 17. The Lancaster Bomber “This was to be the sixteenth and last major attack on Berlin by the Royal Air Force Bomber Command. A thundering wave of three hundred aircraft poised to bore through the cold substratosphere and finish the job of pulverizing Berlin's war potential.” —Nick March 1944 ParaPub.com
    18. 18. The Lancaster’s Specifications Engine: Wingspan: Length: Height: Wing Area: Maximum Speed: Cruising Speed: Service Ceiling: Maximum Weight: Empty Weight: Fuel Capacity: Range: Armament: 4 Rolls Royce Packard Merlin 224 V-12's 102 feet 69 feet 6 inches 20 feet 4 inches 1300 square feet 275 miles per hour 185 to 225 miles per hour 20 000 feet ( maximum weight) 61 500 pounds 36 500 pounds 2154 Imperial gallons 2530 miles with 7000 pound bomb load 1730 miles with 12 000 pound bomb load 1550 miles with 22 000 pound bomb load nose turret -two .303 cal. mid-upper turret -two .303 cal. tail turret -four .303 cal. ParaPub.com
    19. 19. The Bomb Bay A two-ton blockbuster and six thousand pounds of incendiaries. The Lancaster was designed to carry lots of bombs a long way. ParaPub.com
    20. 20. The Armament Nick Alkemade was a tail gunner ParaPub.com
    21. 21. Crawling Back to the Tail Turret ParaPub.com
    22. 22. Bombing Berlin ParaPub.com
    23. 23. Attacked by a Junkers 88 ParaPub.com
    24. 24. The Tail Turret Four-30 caliber machine guns ParaPub.com
    25. 25. Protected Part Way by Spitfires ParaPub.com
    26. 26. Fighters Did Not Have Enough Range to Protect the Bombers Bombers could fire back at aircraft but not at Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA) ParaPub.com
    27. 27. The Location of his Parachute ParaPub.com
    28. 28. His QAC (chest) parachute could not be worn in the cramped turret. It was stowed nearby. ParaPub.com
    29. 29. The Equipment Irvin in Letchworth Herts Note how the parachute pack is attached to the harness ParaPub.com
    30. 30. His Parachute was on Fire Half of the British airman were lost in these raids ParaPub.com
    31. 31. The Freefall The Sky is Not the Limit. The Ground is the Limit. ParaPub.com
    32. 32. Next ParaPub.com
    33. 33. The Landing ParaPub.com
    34. 34. The Physics of Freefall ParaPub.com
    35. 35. The Physics of Freefall ParaPub.com
    36. 36. Drag Area v Speed Speed Range 170-280 kph 115-170 mph Drag can be altered. Weight remains the same. ParaPub.com
    37. 37. Freefall Table for Various Fall Rates Speed Range: 110 – 190 mph Speed Range: 170 – 280 kph ParaPub.com
    38. 38. Fall Slower 170-kph or 115 mph 280 kph or 170 mph Slower in Prone Position ParaPub.com
    39. 39. Go head-down to fall faster ParaPub.com
    40. 40. To Survive the Impact  Fall as slowly as possible   Locate best landing area   Spider position – increase drag Snow not water or earth Dissipate impact forces  Hillside Look for terrain slanted & soft ParaPub.com
    41. 41. Disperse Energy over Maximum Body Area “Abrupt Ground Deceleration” ParaPub.com
    42. 42. To Decelerate from Terminal Velocity Spider position  Steep hillside  Deep snow  ParaPub.com
    43. 43. Parachute Landing Fall ParaPub.com
    44. 44. Freefaller #1 He hit the edge of a snow-covered ravine and rolled to the bottom. He was badly hurt but survived. Russian Lt. I.M. Chisov, 1942. Bailed out at 21,980 feet (6699 m) and attempted to freefall to a lower altitude to escape German planes. He blacked out. He landed on the steep bank of a snow-covered ravine and slid to the bottom. ParaPub.com
    45. 45. Pepperell Skydiving Center My personal experience ParaPub.com
    46. 46. Aerial View of Airport ParaPub.com
    47. 47. 1972, Pepperell, MA, USA   Student, first jump, static line. Top pin broke and trapped the  (soft,  Snow bank on edge of road  (from  elastic) cone. snow plow) Suffocated in snow  Only had a broken wrist ParaPub.com
    48. 48. The Soviet ANT-6 ParaPub.com
    49. 49. Russian Parachutists ParaPub.com
    50. 50. Wingsuits – The Future ParaPub.com
    51. 51. History: New Canopies were for Experienced Jumpers Only ParaPub.com
    52. 52. Did not Know we Could Land Them ParaPub.com
    53. 53. Prediction  Next: Skydiving centers will build prepared landing areas    Soft “runways” Slanted/on a hillside Someday: Easily repeatable on level ground. ParaPub.com
    54. 54. Prepared Landing Areas ParaPub.com
    55. 55. Who will be the Pioneer?    Chuteless Jump: Rod Pack CN Tower, Toronto: Bill Cole Many other “Firsts” ParaPub.com
    56. 56. Now, Back to Freefaller #2 Alan Magee, 1943. A ball-turret gunner in a B-17. Was tossed out of his burning aircraft at 20,000 feet/6,700 meters. Then he lost consciousness and crashed through the glass roof of the St. Nazaire (France) railroad station. The Train Station in St. Nazaire Alan Magee ParaPub.com
    57. 57. Now, Back to Freefaller #3 Nicholas Alkemade, Flight Sergeant, RAF. The story continues ParaPub.com
    58. 58. Saved by Trees & Snow ParaPub.com
    59. 59. Found by Farmers ParaPub.com
    60. 60. Picked up ParaPub.com
    61. 61. The Interrogation Was he a spy dressed as a downed airman? Spies can be shot. Combatants become POWs. Was he alone or were there more spies in the area? ParaPub.com
    62. 62. ParaPub.com
    63. 63. Durchgangslager der Luftwaffe “Dulag Luft”: Transit Camp & Interrogation Center ParaPub.com
    64. 64. ParaPub.com
    65. 65. ParaPub.com
    66. 66. ParaPub.com
    67. 67. Solitary Confinement Cell at Dulag Luft ParaPub.com
    68. 68. Latimer House in the UK Where Axis Airmen Were Interrogated Rudolf Hess was kept here for a while ParaPub.com
    69. 69. The Basement ParaPub.com
    70. 70. The Cells Beneath the Building ParaPub.com
    71. 71. The Interrogation Continued Hans Scharff, One Interrogator ParaPub.com
    72. 72. The Prisoner Explained ParaPub.com
    73. 73. Proof He Jumped Without a Parachute The hand tackings on the risers were not broken ParaPub.com
    74. 74. The Germans Loved the Story (All Were Airmen) ParaPub.com
    75. 75. The POWs Loved the Story ParaPub.com
    76. 76. Writing Paper? Flyleaf from a Bible. The only paper available. ParaPub.com
    77. 77. The Dictated Letter Dulag – Luft It has been investigated and corroborated by the German authorities that the claim of Sergeant Alkemade, No. 1431537 R.A.F. is true in all respects, namely, that he has made a descent from 18,000 feet without a parachute and made a safe landing without injuries, the parachute having been burnt in the aircraft. He landed in snow among young fir trees. Corroboration witnessed by Signed: F/Lt H.J. Moore (SBO) F/S R.R. Lamb F/ST. A. Jones 25/4/44 ParaPub.com
    78. 78. Meanwhile, in the Pacific South China Sea - 1944 ParaPub.com
    79. 79. Alkemade’s Travels 3 1 2 ParaPub.com
    80. 80. Stalag Luft 3 ParaPub.com
    81. 81. The Great Escape Steve McQueen ParaPub.com
    82. 82. The Barracks ParaPub.com
    83. 83. 5 Home With his wife and daughter ParaPub.com
    84. 84. Please Tell Others About this Program See Program Details on the Website ParaPub.com
    85. 85. 2 Questions If God wanted us to stay on the ground, He would have given us roots. ParaPub.com
    86. 86. ParaPub.com
    87. 87. My name is Dan Poynter And I don’t want you to jump without a parachute--yet. ParaPub.com
    88. 88. ParaPub.com