It's still 08MAY and the 54th anniv. of my first "Aircraft un-assing!!" (To those too squemish to not puke at the comment, it means "Jump from a not so perfectly good
aircraft in flight!!) YUP!! 54 YEARS!! 'Posted a bunch of stuff on my "FB" page... check it out!! I'll post a bunch here!!
First 3 are my first jump. #4 I was settin up on landing and I saw "The Late" Mike Lee sittin in the peas with a camera, wavin' at me and pointin' at the camera!! No problem
GI!! Great shot!! Last one ...about '79 jumpmaserin' a bunch of students and Norm Kent was "TAKIN' PICTURES!!" said', "I'll shot your exit!!" "Yer' lookin at it!! Photo
by the Great NORM KENT!! I hope Richard or somebody gave him a "AIR TRASH HAT" because if anybody deserves one..he does.. !!!
Go to my "fb" page for more photos and "Comments!!!!'
Hi Fred, took this and several others at "Raeford" during my St. Pat's visit... This should be the one!! 'Enclosed also some "Side shots" to show more of the DZ...
The next one is to the left and fwd of the first shot. You see "the Bar" the hanger and office...
3rd is just to the left of the hanger ... that's the "Knights' out there just landed...
last one shows the "school, bathrooms and further down is the "Knights" area..
Please note the photo!!!!
This one I would like to post to the "PHOTOS!!" I told the story of "Harold Faulk's" Ash dive .... more later... this photo was "The Group shot" L-R
Bob Lewis, then Shaun O'Neil, both who I worked with at "Sunpath Parachutes in Raeford!!," next is the guy with the white moustache... That's Paul "BIG HARRY" Thompson.. owner
of "BIG HARRY'S TAVERN, 3030 Ft. Bragg rd., Fayetteville, NC Where we all "hung out!!", next is "Yours Truly in the Black jump suit , "AIR TRASH" hat and holding in my arms
the pouch with the "Golden Knights" crest .. holding Harold's ashes!!!!!!" the Lady on my left shoulder is "Annie!!!" Paul's Wife, Lady in the Grey jump suit is Yvette
Walters.... "Great Lady Flier, does Great Camera, is wife of Keith Walters, now former XO of the "Golden Knights" and currently Head Honcho of the USSOCOM "PARACOMMANDOS" Parachute
Demo Team!!!! (I'll send you a vid of one of their ops next!!) video at the end of message.
BTW, I needed a "CUTE GIRL" to pull open the sack !!! I couldn't have an "UGLY GUY" do it!!!!... Harold would haunt
me to my dying day if I did!! "SO!!" Yvette got the job!!!!!!!... on her left shoulder is Joanie... Harold's GF and our good Friend!! behind her is Mike
Lee.....then!!! ...Standing there with the "BIG HARRY'S" Shirt and "Johnny K's (former 82nd AIRBORNE Troop who hung out with us at Paul's place) "Spit Shined Corcoran Jump
BOOTS!!!!!!!... Is "DAVE PASCHAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Yup!! That's him... His Tandem Master (forget his name at the moment??) and Mike Lee's Brother.... This Photo was taken on
05NOV2005 as you will note this was some time ago.... this was Dave's Tandem intro jump, they followed us .."RIGHT OUT!!" and he was there to watch us pull Harold's Ash
Bag!!! BTW... turned out my timing was perfect, it was 05NOV2005 when we finally got everybody organized to get to the DZ and "It was the last Saturday with NICE WARM
WEATHER" before "Old Man Winter" started throwing "Noreasters" at us!!
(Ya' gotta' be from NC to understand".....
But to put all this into context, Harold was an "Old Friend" .. now and then he would show up at RAEFORD and watch us jump, .. he would say ," I wanna' do that!!" .. but the
cancer got in the way..... Harold passed in September...not long after we had a "Full, Tilt, Boogie" Memorial for Harold at "Big Harry's Tavern" ... Several Bands Played, ..lots
of Good friends, good times and Harold's Ashes on the "Band Stand!!"...during the event ...'just happened.. I was telling Joanie and Pau about how in SKYDIVING we took the ashes
of our departed friends and released them in freefall!! A week or two later, I stopped in at Big Harry's for a Beer after work.... Paul comes up to me on one side and Joanie
on the other, .. Theysay,"Bill, remember how you told us about releasing ashes of friends in freefall??" .. I said,"Yes..?" .. They said,"We think Harold would like
that!!!!" .. That's!!!!!!!!!!!how I got the job!!!!!!!!!
Dave Paschal was part of that event!! But he was an event of his own!! We Carry On!! 'Have to "PLAN" a trip to NC just to "JUMP THERE AGAIN!!" Last few trips, the weather
was bad, had lots of "FAMILY" to do, you know the drill.. 'Have to do a "ME" trip!!!
Wow it this old trash 2 hours to get this far, I’m just not electronically inclined, I would very much like to join you guys in Taft at the old farts boogie. Is it possible
to find Don the Air Trash camera man that gave me my Air Trash hat at the 1984 nationals in Muskogee, Animal and Cory and the whole crew made me stand on top of the
Air Trash bus with everybody else and sing the AT song while the cameras were winding, I have the film. I rode my Harley from Portland Oregon all the way to Muskogee and
jumped accuracy until I Claire’s to hi and Cheryl Stearns had to help me back to my bike and I met Air Trash and the party was on, I drag race Mr Douglas down the runway and
beat him and gave him a righteous Air Trash moon, Don had only one leg but he was a most righteous skydiver, so if any old school Air Trash Remembers hook me up.
Be advised!! as I recently posted about our "Old timers reunion of the old Covington La., DZ" that "DIXIE TRASH" Is alive and well!!!!! Well, back on St. Pat's weekend
just before, i was back at the old NC, Fayetteville, "RAEFORD" dropzone that Is!! the beginning of "DIXIE TRASH!!!!" (Have to break out a case of beer and cover some territory
about those daze!!!) Anyway, while visiting the "hallowed Ground!!" for "St. Pat's" To Raise a glass to all our fallen friends.... my old friend "Dave Paschal" was there
at "Paul's Place" in Fayetteville for the "READING OF THE NAMES!!" a tradition going back to the early 2000's... (Friends of the Bar that have passed.. their name and memory is
called forthwith the chime of the bar bell" .... MY late wife Peggy is on the list..."WHY I AM THERE!!!!!!!!"
Dave is a friend that goes back quite a few cases of beer!! Peggy was still around back then and we would seem to meet up at Paul's old place "Big Harry's Tavern" for
refreshments.. Dave found out I "Skydived" and the attack was relentless!! Harold Faulk, one our friends, patron of "Big harry's" passed from throat cancer.. Paul and Joanie
(his girlfriend" approached me to do "Harold's ASH DIVE!! No Problem and Paul said that if "DAVE" (who wanted to start skydiving) would do a Tandem jump wearing
a "Big Harry's" Shirt he'd pay for the dive.. Dave followed us out.(I'll have to figure out how to transfer those disc's to "AT") The rest is History!! Dave got into
AFF, Graduated, made several jumps with me!! he's now almost "B- license" except for the test!! And I have to admire the Guy's perseverance !!! he has
serious "EYE PROBLEMS!!" to the point he can see but they wouldn't give him a "Drivers license!!" But He could see and skydived!!
I jumped with Dave and his perseverance, persistence and fortitude has earned his slot as the "NEWEST" member of our Community the "Slot" called "DIXIE TRASH!!!!!!"
Ladies and Gentlemen of AIR TRASH, please warmly welcome Dave Paschal to the ranks of AIR TRASH!!!!
I As the "Head Honcho" Of DIXIE TRASH" here by sign off on Dave's membership!!
HEAR YE, HEAR YE!!!!!!!,
As soon as he posts me his "New" email addy I will post his info to our site!!
Although it was back at "St. Pat's" that the deed was done (Note photo) ...
Be all AIR TRASH be advised that "DAVE PASCHAL" a Skydiver of dubious claims, who has survived skydivin' with ME and still like's it, LIKES AIR TRASH, and Drinks
Beer......IS "AIR TRASH"
Proclaimed by "skybill and his majesty's Royal Scribe "SAMMY SCULL" on this (Should have done this sooner!!) the 29th day of APRIL 2018 ............"SO BE IT!!!!!!"
Sad news... Jack passed at 9:11 (az time I presume) as per Emile.
We will have more to say later, for now let's morn our bro.
blueskys & fairwinds,
grayeagle (bill davis) & betty davis
from: Larry Walsh
I did some of my best skydiving with Jack at Costerisan's Farms. I'll always remember his kindness and that really fun face of his which never had anything but a huge
smile on it. I've truly missed Jack all these years since he moved on to Arirzona and will continue to miss him for the rest of my time here. Air Trash has lost yet
another one of it's original members.
Rest in peace Brother
updated * * 4-27 * *
from: Bill Davis
More on Flash...
I talked to Jim, the man who owns the small trailer park where Flash lived/worked. On the day before Flash died he was outside talking to Jack when Jack started looking
poorly, very poorly so he sat Jack down and called 911. An ambulance came and picked him up to take him to the Payson Hospital about 70 miles away. Jim followed the ambulance
to the hospital and stayed with him the entire time (fine fellow). They placed Jack up in a room for tests and observation giving him IVs, blood, oxygen, whatever he needed
including two trips to ICU. The doctors, one a heart specialist, came back with diagnostics: Congestive Heart Failure and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He was also experiencing kidney
failure because of these. Congestive Heart Failure is treatable, some live long lives with with modern treatments. Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma is treatable, some people live decades.
So what happen to Jack. A sad confluence of events. To treat his Lymphoma they would have to give him some strong drugs but his heart wasn't strong enough to tolerate them as it
was only working at 20%. They had to wait to see if his heart function improved. It didn't.
The doctors asked Jim to come into Jack's room when they told Jack the outcome of the tests and their prognosis. They told Jack they couldn't do anything for him but in the
morning he could be transferred to an hospice. Later that night of the second day, in Mesa, in the hospital, he died under sedation.
Jack's comments on hearing the news: "Whoa, I never expected to go this way."
I wish I could have been there. I did not observe these events first hand but it is what transpired as best as I could put it together. Time and place may vary. It all happen in
less than 2 days and at 2 different hospitals 90 miles apart: Banner Payson Medical Center in Payson, Az and Banner Baywood Hospital in Mesa, Az. In addition, Jack's house is
70 miles from the Payson hospital.
When I heard what happen Jack he was already in Mesa, I called several times but he was under sedation or receiving treatments -- no return calls. Betty is keeping track of this
through Emily on facebook. Communication via email and facebook has been invaluable. Emily was notified from the hospital and talked with Jack before he died. The whole family
was notified -- Sue with her husband David? and Emily all came to Mesa. Jim, Jack's landlord, employer, and friend was with Jack the whole time.
The last we heard from the family Jack's commemorative ash dive will be around his birthday in July at Elsinore. More to come as it is determined.
A little philosophy from Bill, indulge me:
On Jack's comment above, it is something I have said, many of us may have said it. I was thinking of the the activities Jack or I or you have been engaged in our whole lives. We
knew they were dangerous but we were skilled and we survived. And that validates our embrace of activities not attempted by others. Jack may have assumed he would go in such
an activity but he was good at all he attempted. What's left? We wear out our bodies and die a "natural" death.
Fly Free Flash, I know you will excel at soaring among the clouds.
When I started jumping here in La., we were at the Hammond Airport.. I left in '66 to go into the Navy and eventually Leon Riche moved the DZ to Covington
in '69.... he eventually sold the DZ to the "Green County' bunch and on it went!! Doug Ducote organized a "Reunion" last year and followed up this year!! Well,
I "Pre Date" 'bout everybody that was there but it was great meeting everyone and telling "Jump Stories" of yester year!! I had my camera but got quite engrossed
talkin' with everyone so 'no pics!!" However i was sent this one foto from Truett Miley .. Me with his lady Courtney Jones sort of a random shot!! But I thought to
post it to AIR TRASH!! The "Reunion" was Great... we were at the "Chimes" restaurant in Covington, La...
Anyway, "skybill' with my new found friend Courtney at the "Reunion!!"
Three years ago after Air Trash member Brian Williams passed away, his wife Pauline contacted me to inform me that Brian's name wasn't on the
"MEMBER LIST". I immediately added it.
Then I saw Pauline's name wasn't on the list either. After asking around, I found out she had never been TRASHED. I was on a mission.
A couple of years went by and it never happened.
This year, when I registered for Pioneers Reunion at Felicity, I saw Pauline had also registered. I sent out messages to a few members, and everyone agreed it should happen.
On the first day of the event a large crowd gathered at the Yuma Landing Bar. There I had the honor of meeting long time Air Trash member Gary Young, SCR-1,
and his lovely wife Joyce. That's when I thought it would be great for a "DOUBLE TRASHING". But there are rules and procedures to be followed for a double abduction,
none of which can be written down or recorded.
The following day, after the dedication of the "First 8 Man Star" in granite, the Trashing began.
On the 9th day of March 2018, Pauline Williams and Joyce Young were officially abducted into the Air Trash Brotherhood where they both flawlessly sang the Air Trash song
as witnessed by a crowd of hundreds and were welcomed to the lowest point of their lives.
Skydive Cal City will have a reunion on March 24, 25, 2018. I was just told about it last weekend at Felicity, that's why the short notice.
So if you're a Peckerhead, Sky Skum, and of course AIR TRASH, you won't want to miss this. I've heard the Rain Gods will be taking the weekend off so it should be a great turnout.
I'm absolutely ecstatic about getting a full granite panel dedicated to The earliest RW and The ARVIN GOOD GUYS at Felicity, CA. on March 9th 2018.... For the next 4000
Gary Young will be attending.NOW Im looking for Mitch Poteet. Rachel (Newell) and John will be there as well. THEN maybe John and Clarice Rinard and other early RW jumpers
(and their families) who persevered and eventually changed the Direction of our Entire Sport.
I also would like to speak with Dick Gernand and Art Tucker. Can you help? And, ..... ALL Y'ALL COME!
Hope you survived the holiday madness! The teams for the SOS/JOS and WSOS world records are building. Now is the time to get your registration in for these events. We set
numerous records last year - lets try to smash them this year!
All the event details including prices and dates are on the website - www.sosworldrecord.com .
There is also a registration form which can be used for multiple events.
For those of you who have participated with us in the past, there will be a slight change this year. We will no longer be offering a coach for those who are not on the
record team. However, if you want to participate in all the activities other than being on the record team, Perris has outstanding load organizers and I will make sure they
know you will be attending. There will still be a place for everyone to skydive.
If you are looking for roommates or ride sharing, send me an email email@example.com" and I will forward
it to those who are registered.
Fred...... please post this so that word is spread far and wide.....
Thank you Jay.
Please bring to Jacques attention....I am well aware that Relative Work at that time was highly distasteful to the members of the Style and Accuracy disciplines . However without
these men, who were invited to do demos at the 1967, 68, 69 U.S.NATIONALS at Marana Arizona, without these men who continued to pursue this dicipline...regardless
of the opinion "the Sport" had in the early days......the RECOGNITION and engraving of the First 8 Women would likely not have been done at Felicity.
We might not have done that WOMENS 8 at all.
Later in the years following the 1965 ARVIN FIRST 8, Jumpers of all diciplines even members of our US Teams came to Taft to learn from these ARVIN men (and women by then) and
experience Relative Work... which is today's Formation Flying. At the World Championships in 1970, we the U.S.Freefall ExhibitionTeam took enthusiastic Team Captains from a
number of foreign countries with us in the AN2's to experience R.W. I was a member of that team ....the only female member. I saw their faces. I saw their enthusiasm. I could
see the future in their eyes.
I had learned everything they knew at the time about RW flying from The ARVIN GOOD GUYS when I started jumping in 1966 at Arvin....they were generous and I ran with it.
Without the accomishments by these FIRST 8 MEN..Our Sport would not be as we see it today. WORLD WIDE! (All but 2 diciplines fly in relation to each other.)
Once again I ask you to fight for their recognition in granite.
If funds need to be raised please let me know...I'm pretty good at that. I live only 2-1/2 hours from Felicity in case a future meeting might be scheduled.
THANKYOU....Their fate is in your hands.
from the webmaster,
Jacques Istel has dedicated a full granite panel for the engraving of "The First Eight" which should be unveiled at the Pioneers Parachuting
Gathering at Felicity on Friday March 9th.
This is from Kim Emmons Knor - if you have any questions about this event, please email her. Her email address is at the bottom of this article
Subject: Pioneers Parachuting Gathering at Felicity
Just a heads up....... SAVE THE DATES!!!! March 8,9,10 & 11, 2018. The main day for Jacques Istel's events is Friday March 9th.
Attached is what the celebration is all about other than the fact we love to have Reunions at the Museum in Granite!!!
Plan to come for the Landings get together Thursday night and leave on Sunday and you won't miss a thing!! Jumping Friday & Saturday.
Go to Skydivereunions.com sometime this weekend, as soon as the event info is up, and register. $15 per person is
a good investment for lots of fun. More information will be added at the website as we get information. Be sure and check in on "Look who is coming" as more people register.
Be ready for lots of fun with lots of great friends!!!!!
Registration is now open for the 2018 SOS/WSOS/JOS world record formation and sequential skydiving events. Please visit the
website www.sosworldrecord.com for all the details and the registration form.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!
See ya in April
Hi Fred...and all,
By now you are getting or have gotten your Sept. 2017 "Parachutist" in the mail!! 'Figured with as many "inputs' they get I'd stand a "Snoball's chance in Hell" for
getting my photo published!! My sis took me to New Orleans for my B'day and we walked around the "French Quarter" and played "Tourist!!!' Got a photo up on the Mississippi
river bank levee looking toward "Jackson Square!!" .....They "Published it!!!" there on page 10 in the "Parachutists around the world!!" That's me in
my "Gold Coast Skydivers" Tie-dye T-shirt and my new "River Boat Gambler Straw Panama Hat!!" that my sis got me for my B'Day!! Take a good look!! Andy still stands in spite
of rumblings of of his demise by antifa and other "Mercenaries."
For the record, Andy was visiting New Orleans in 1814 and unbeknownst to him and everyone, the "Brits" were pulling into Lake Borgne east of New Orleans and were going to
advance, take New Orleans and secure control of the mouth of the Mississippi River thus strangling US Commerce!! Word got down town and Andy mustered his troops, all
able-bodied men of New Orleans and the help of Jean Lafitte "The Pirate!!" (He plundered only Brit flagged ships and left the US alone thus he got to hang out here) and
all his men and needless to say when the Brits got to Chalmette they "Got Wacked!!" Thus Andy stands Tall in "Jackson Square" in front of the St. Louis Cathedral!! Had Andy
and the troops failed.... we'd be paying our taxes to King George and his descendants!!!!! Yer' "Dixie Trash" History lesson for the day!!
PS: Add on photo, me and my little sister Rose by "Andy!!!"
Hoping someone can get me the name and number of the photographer(s) who filmed the 2 jumps we made with Steve Fieldings group for Al Frisby’s 24 hour Badge, It’s been
quite a few years, but I would like to get a copy of those jumps.
I love the new Photo Of The Month Larry sent in.
Close to 5000 jump milestone. 4992 jumps logged. Will make 2 or 3 leaps today & finish up the rest on on Saturday.
# 5000 will take place in the afternoon/evening (possibly even the sunset load)... just depends on how the day plays out.
Donna launches a new website called GREATGEARX.org, with a focus on Novice and new "A" license skydivers.
"I am Donna Wardean. I started jumping in 1966 at Arvin, California...(the cradle of Relative Work).
In the early days, in the mid 60's, my peers were generous in sharing what they knew aboout RW. How to get from point A to point B (today this genre
is formation flying of various types).
Well, they were big,,, I was small. Their advice didn't always translate or work for me but it gave me a place to start. I loved the sport and
challenge... and I had a great career! So as others followed me, I paid it forward. My personal passion has ALWAYS been to help people who were young
in our sport to Grow, Mature and Flourish. That is something that came naturally to me because my peers, those early RW men... the Arvin Good Guys shared what
they knew with me."
This site isn't just for the Novice Skydiver, it's for anyone that wants to buy sell or trade skydiving related gear.
This and other great links can be found on the Air Trash "LINKS" page.