|1966: This is me in the jumpmaster seat of a U1-A "otter". Fritzche Army Airfield.
Note the white harness. The tensile strength of webbing could be determined by its color and and the color of a stripe on both edges. Normal parachute harnesses were made with a webbing with a tensile strength of 6,500 pounds. I made this harness myself. I got got the webbing from the Defense General Supply Center (Richmond, VA), and built the harness using a 97-10 sewing machine in the warehouse where we worked. It had a tensile strength of 20,000 pounds.
|1966: Lucky for me, the one time I got anywhere near the target, there was someone taking pictures. This is at the Ft. Ord drop zone which was on Fritzche Army Air Field.
The picture was taken by Lee "the Z" Hector. He was a SP/5 at the time. He want on to Special Forces training and then to OCS (Officer Candidate School). He served with with a Mike Force unit in Nam and retired a LTC.
|THE 1969 Ft. Ord Sport Parachute Demonstration Team Members
next to a U1-A "Otter"
Front Row - Left to Right: Jerry Ryburn, Joe Rice, The "Professor"
Back Row - Left to Right: John Cosentino, Me (Mike Stahl), Guy Leverrit
(Members of the team changed as military personal rotated in and out of the area.)
You might note my red harness. Although probably the poorest member of the team, I had the
newest and best equipment available. That's probably one of the reasons my first wife left me.
|1969: My old friend Jerry Ryburn (D-1100). Jerry's wife was Annie Ryburn who placed second in woman's style at the previous year's world meet.
Jerry sent me these two photos when I was in Vietnam. They where taken at Ft. Ord, CA.
Jerry, Joe Rice, Larry Cano and many other members of the Ft. Ord SPC club in 1969, soon followed me to Nam, where Jerry formed the Sharp Chuters SPC. I was appointed ASO (area Safety Office) for South Vietnam by Norm Heaton, the Executive Director of the USPA