On Saturday, Dec. 3rd, Danny Hayden made his 500th skydive. To celebrate this momentous event, a 6-way skydive was planned. Those on the jump were : Danny Hayden, John Brasher, Larry Walsh, Bob & MJ Butt, and myself. We quickly got the 6-way round together, with Danny entering last & held it while freefall photographer Brian Stroop filmed the action. From that point, we broke to an open 6-way line, so Brian could catch everybody geeking the camera. Ground winds were good & everybody had nice landings. Longtime Air Trasher Fred Basile , "Little Don" Vredenburg, and Larry Walsh's dog "Tabby" [our Air Trash mascot], guarded over the ice chest while we were in the air. Also on hand to watch the jump, was Danny's longtime work buddy, Mario & his son Mike.
After the skydive was over, we got to view the video & of course the usual parking lot reverie & mayhem ensued, with special emphasis given to Christmas songs & poetry, compliments of the "Air Trash Tallywacker Choir".
A little bit later in the afternoon, Danny's wife Melinda, and also veteran Air Trash guy Chet Bennett, were able to meet up with us & join in on the celebration for Danny. We were even able to place a call to our good Air Trash buddy & fellow Silly Tit, Don Vredenburg, who continues to heal from his carotid artery "Roto-Rooter" job. Don, we wish you a speedy recovery. It was a great day & a good time was had by all. Congratulations Danny,on the completion of your 500th skydive.
There is a DVD of the dive somewhere but we don't have it yet... Stay tuned...
This is John Bull reporting live ..... for Air Trash News .....
|Bob helps out with Danny's 498th jump.||Still dirt diving for the 498th jump, Bully is excited.||Clouds threatened but soon it cleared up and became a beautiful day.||Dear Lord! Please let us touch each other in freefall and may all of our landings be soft ones.|
|The blind leading the blind....||One potato two potato three potato four....||We can do this.||Gotta make sure the photographer gets my good side...|
|Faceless in Perris...||The "Danny Load" stops for a photo op.||Once more we dirt dive the round and the line... Think I can remember that...||Taking the free-flown exit out the mock-up.|
|Proclaiming our own exellence.||Hi mom, dad, sis.... Love you all...||Only the Shadow knows...||Larry sticks it.|
|Bully comes in.||and sticks it...||We're all here....||Happiness is a great jump...|
|Colorful canopies and happy faces...||It begins....||Danny acting old and grown up...||Chet Bennett spots the motorhome.|
|Danny shows us his grand parents.||Danny expresses his love for us....||Dirt Diving the 499th...||Dirt Diving from the mock-up...|
|The rest of these are image captures from the DVD. Quality is so so.||On our way to the aircraft. Waving to Fred.||Singing the Air Trash Song in the aircraft.||Out of the aircraft and into the air. Danny completes the 6 way formation.|
|Nice Round!||Opening the formation.||On your mark....||Get set.....|
|GEEK THE CAMERA!||geek....geek....geek||geek....geek....geek||geek....geek....geek|
|Break-Off||Danny Dumps!||And leaves the camerman low...||Group Photo. Thanks to Mario for the captures.|