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Fascinating History of Early Skydiving
on August 13, 2011
Dick Fortenberry was there from the late '50s; the beginning of the sport of parachuting.
Because skydivers keep log books and record every jump, Dick was able to chronicle his experiences accurately.
This book provides a record of sport it is formative years
Dick did not just start in the sport in the early days, he was a devoted pioneer who experimented and made many contributions to the growth and development of skydiving.
When I began jumping in 1962, he was already a living legend--and one of my heros.
The author went on to fly helicopters in Vietnam and corporate jets.
This book just covers his skydiving years between 1957 and 1965.
There are typos (which will be corrected in the next edition) but the writing is excellent and he is an engaging storyteller.
This book deserves to be featured in the National Skydiving Museum.
I recommend it to skydivers, aviators and history buffs.
--Dan Poynter, D-454, author of several books on parachutes and skydiving.