Happy New Year everyone! Love to visit this site. So many fantastic memories; all so many years ago, They were the best! Great site Shaun!
Happy Christmas everyone.
Hi. I'm trying to trace sean best who jumped with the flying bugals around 1980-81. (S.A.S light infantry).I myself was there to watch him jump with his fellow comrades.sean moved away and we lost contact.It would be great to know how he is doing and I would be so grateful if anyone has any information of his whereabouts so I can tell him about his son Simon. Thank-you.
I was one of the first Aviators on the scene. It was surreal. I won't go into details, but you can never un-see that tragedy in a lifetime. As a pilot, paratrooper and Officer, my heart did and does go out to the families of all involved. Hopefully, time has healed some wounds and the hurt family members felt. The vision and memory never goes away. God bless
Happy Christmas guys hope you all have a great day miss you all.
Sorry I meant Parry
Hello all, I did my 1st jump here in 1985 as an Apprentice from the AAC Chepstow. Wonderful times spent with Mr Perry. What a great guy. Would love to get involved again
I did my training and first parachute jump at Shobdon along with two very good friends of mine, Michael Pooley and Michael Jenkins and I can remember saying to the guys in the bar that evening, after someone asked me what I thought of it. “Well I can say I have done it but I will never do it again”. Quite a few Newcastle Browns later and I agreed to do a second jump the next day. (Dutch courage or what)? I must confess the second jump was more memorable than the first and I continued to do 32 jumps.
Many happy weekends were spent at Shobdon airfield by myself and Michael Pooley as we continued our adventures Skydiving, until the parachute club closed and moved to Staverton.
I continued my Skydiving with Dave Howerski at Swansea parachute club for a short while, however, the atmosphere never seemed the same so I hung up my jump suit and called it a day after progressing to 10 seconds freefall.
Michael Jenkins only ever did the one jump and decided it was not for him and moved on to become a hang-glider & paraglider pilot.
I remember one weekend the visibility was not that clever and Mike Pooley and I accompanied Mac on a trip to Cheltenham to sell his XR3i. I drove a little Fiesta and followed Mac in the XR3i. When we arrived at the meeting point we must have looked like Mac’s minders as he did the deal and Mike and I appeared to be stood on guard.
Thanks for the memories.
I did my first jump from G-AXJY in 1985 and went right back up to do a second and hit the pit under a round! I booked through Des Palmer and was trained by Les Cooper I think. I went on to complete 661 jumps before having an accident at Tilstock in 2009 and had to stop. I gained a PPL in 1987 and have done over 1000hrs para dropping to date. Good memories of Shobdon from 30 years ago.
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