Balloon Jumps


'Pip' Tyler remembers recruits were told a descent from a static balloon at 800ft would take just 28 seconds. A parachute descent from an aircraft would take rather longer, as the aircraft slipstream slowed the initial descent: 

'One drops vertically for a hundred feet until the chute opens with a loud bang, and prayed the paratroops prayer on the way down. “God bless the WAAF  who packed it [the parachute].”’ 

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Parachute Balloon Training Company

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