Stand up, buckle up, shuffle to the door …


Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., prepare to board C-130s for a night jump. (photo by Air Force Capt. Paradon "Sil" Silpasornprasit, 615th Contingency Response Wing)

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The days of big jumps are back! The 3rd Brigade of the 82nd dropped more than 1,700 paratroopers into Fort Polk Monday night. It was the biggest jump since 9/11, and the largest in base history.

The brigade suffered 64 injuries, 24 of which required evac. None were life-threatening. Outside the Wire couldn’t help but notice that everyone jumped with the T-10.

The entire 82nd was supposed to already have the new T-11 static-line, nonmaneuverable parachute. The first 10,000 T-11 jumps have seen parachute-landing fall injuries cut by more than half. It cuts the PLF by 50 percent and can hold 40 more pounds. A slider takes out extension twists as the jumper goes from a horizontal to a vertical plane, and the four corner vents greatly reduce oscillations.

We’ll put in a call to find out where the new chutes are hiding.


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