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June 10, 2021

Amazing Photos of Skydiving in the 1960s

In World War II, thousands of combatants across the globe experienced exiting an aircraft and parachuting to the ground, either as a paratrooper dropped into combat or as flight crew escaping a crippled aircraft. Some servicemen discovered that it was enjoyable, and after the war ended kept jumping.

The National Parachute Jumpers and Riggers was born in 1947. This group would later become the Parachute Club of America, and finally its current iteration: the USPA (United States Parachute Association). Parachuting as a sport had begun to permeate the international community.

In the 1970s, sports skydiving became very popular thanks to a quick-release system of the main parachute based on the three rings or rings, designed by engineer Bill Booth, that allowed anyone to use it.

Sport parachuting in the US got a big boost by having the World Championships at Orange, Massachusetts in the early 1960s. Most of these shots from Vince are at OSPC in the mid to late ’60s.

All female load

Apartment packing

Apres Jumping LSPC, Lakewood, NJ

Beach 18 & Ron Blake

Connecticut Parachutists Inc.

Couple at the Inn

Dragged by a PC

Fran with a beer

Fun on the bowl

George exiting the Norseman

Girl packing PC in St Jerome, Canada outside Montreal

Girl photographing

Ground crew in DZ

HUEY jump

Jacques Istel in orange jumpsuit. George Theirault (Terry-o) in PI shirt

Jimmy with one white boot

Ken Benson at beach

Ken misses nothing

Lake Placid meet

LSPC packing tables

LSPC student

Manifest Board

Many canopies

Me and my "new" Hustler - Jump # 16

Mike Horan's Santa Jump into downtown Orange

Mom and kid

New and old aircraft

Not a water jump

OSPC flight line

OSPC Office Help

OSPC ramp

Packing in the grass

Para woods snow

PC near landing

Pete Peterson exiting the Cessna 182

PI Staff Meeting

Practicing relative work?


Red White & Blue PC

Robert "Sonny" Dickey D-1719 doing a Hop & Pop

Self portrait. Shot this at arm's length at about 2000 ft

Spectator on table


St Jerome (Montreal) jumpers


Stinson N13477

Sue Rademaekers

Sue Rademaekers' C-4083 Water Jump

Take my picture

This jumper decided to jump a reserve as a main

TU dragged

Vic Deveau and George with student

Waiting for

Winter meet

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