Back-tracking | Photo by Gary Winkler/U.S. Army | D-4797
Featured Photos | Oct 23, 2023
Back-tracking | Photo by Gary Winkler/U.S. Army | D-4797

Gary Winkler

Back-Tracking highlights interesting, lesser-known moments in skydiving through the years. These photos are often unearthed from boxes in the attic, old photo albums and dimly lit DZ closets. Please send submissions to


Sgt. Jose Pruneda, a member of the U.S. Army Parachute Team’s Canopy Relative Work Team, descends under two canopies during one of the dual-square deployment testing jumps in Yuma, Arizona, in the 1990s. The reserve parachute opened with a twist at the risers. The test on this particular jump was to stall the main parachute while the reserve was behind it. Upon stalling the main, the twist transferred from the reserve to the main, causing an unrecoverable downplane.

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