Special Forces Operations Training: Helicopter Jump
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Special Forces Operations Training: Helicopter Jump

September 6, 2019

My name is Hunter Winegarner. I’m a Captain
in the Army, and I’m stationed with the 10th Special Forces Group here at Fort Carson,
Colorado. I’m a doctor for our unit, and our unit is an airborne unit, which means we jump
out of helicopters or airplanes on a pretty frequent basis. Myself and a lot of the guys
that will be jumping today are cooks and medics and other MOSes that help the Green Berets
get their job done. This is me, in a parachute, ready to go. Today we’re going to jump out of Chinooks,
which are CH-47s. They’re the double-rotor, kind of funny-looking helicopters that kind
of look like big school buses up there. The helicopters will pick us up here and they’ll
bring us up to about 2,000 feet, and we’ll fly at about 90 knots. It’s a static line jump, which means that
we don’t pull the rip cord — the rip cord’s actually attached to the aircraft, and as
we jump out it gets pulled. And then they give us the signal that we’re one minute out,
30 seconds out, they tell us to stand by, and then somebody says “go.” Before you know
it you can see outside the door, and as soon as the arm goes up you just kind of charge
off the back and get into position, chin to your chest, and then pretty hard shock as
soon as the chute opens. Jumping out of a helicopter is probably the most extreme thing
that we do, as far as adrenaline goes. All right. So we just landed. Pretty sure
my feet still work. Aah, gonna shake it out a little bit, put that off to the side. We’ve
got our chest strap, leg lift, leg loops, throw all that stuff out. This is where I
sit up straight and start putting stuff away. After the jump we need to go check in with
the jump master at the chute turn-in, one, to let him know that I’m safe, I’m OK, and
the other, to turn in my parachute, because I don’t want to be walking around with this
thing the rest of the day. And then we’re free to go.

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  1. That's a quick ride from 2000' and a hard landing with a big round.
    My first was from 3500' with a sport chute on static. Once that chute popped the ride wasn't long enough. So much fun.

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