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Flip through the pages of back issues from September 1957 to today as if you were holding the real magazine! Once you open an issue, swipe the hand icon to the left to begin reading. (You may need to disable your pop-up blocker to view.)

September 1969 Cover   (Sep 1969) Featured Photos Covers

'69 Nationals Official Photographer, Chip Maury, catches this unusual silhouette of Paul Henley at sunrise.

The Camera's Eye August 1969   (Aug 1969) Featured Photos Closing In

Lt. Frederick Lundahl, USAF, Assistant Director of Information at the Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio and USPA B-6893, submitted this photograph of Leslie Irvin performing a freefall parachute jump.  The inscription on the old photograph said that it was a picture of "Mr. Lesley Irvin engaging in one of his parachuting experiments."  The photo was taken in early 1919, in Dayton, Ohio and could well be a photo of Mr. Irvin's first freefall jump.

August 1969 Cover   (Aug 1969) Featured Photos Covers

Jay Emery, D-203, is credited with this colorful shot of his own PC and Jim Eisenmenger's checkered PC out of Dallas, Texas.

July 1969 Cover   (Jul 1969) Featured Photos Covers

Dave Price receives his USPA Gold Wings from Al Longenberger in a cold December sky over Pennsylvania in this photo by Don Kellner.

The U.S. Army Parachute Team From the PIO, U.S. Army Parachute Team   (Jul 1969) Features

Mention the “Golden Knights” of the U. S. Army Para­chute Team to the average reader of PARACHUTIST and the odds are that he will think of the formidable compet­itors he has jumped against or heard about in parachute meets across the country.

50th Anniversary of Freefall Commemorative Jump By G. Kress Lochridge   (Jun 1969) Features

The U.S. Parachute Association sponsored the 50-year anniversary parachute exhibition on April 27, 1969 at McCook Field (now Kettering Park), Dayton, Ohio.

June 1969 Cover   (Jun 1969) Featured Photos Covers

High over the plains of Colorado, an Air Force Academy Cadet exits a Cessna 206, the official aircraft for the 1969 U.S. National Parachuting Championships.  Photo by John J. Garrity, Jr.

May 1969 Cover   (May 1969) Featured Photos Covers

M. Anderson Jenkins composed this delicate silhouette of Terry Prouty cruising silently in the sun above California's Perris Valley DZ.

An Open Letter to the Membership By Craig Elliot   (May 1969) Parachutist Features Safety & Training

As you all know there is a glaring need for a nation-wide system of qualified parachute instructors. I will not beat the bushes about the fact of life that most accidents are rooted in poor or inadequate training. The USPA Safety and Train­ing Committee has been working on the development of a Jumpmaster/Instructor system for several years, and is at this time proposing such a system be incorporated into the oper­ation of the USPA.

50 Years of Freefall By Norm Heaton   (Apr 1969) Features

The Golden Anniversary of freefall parachuting will be April 28 of this year, a hallmark in aviation’s short and often turbulent history. Fifty years ago one man became the harbinger of today’s advanced and sophisticated “skydiving” techniques, one jump changed the role of the parachute and those who were to use them. That momentous day was April 28, 1919 and the man was Leslie L. Irvin, truly one of aviation’s great figures.

April 1969 Cover   (Apr 1969) Covers

Leslie L. Irvin goes over the side of a DeHavilland bomber for the first successful free fall parachute jump in this drawing by J. Scott Hamilton.  (See story of page 7.)

March 1969 Cover   (Mar 1969) Featured Photos Covers

Ralph Minnarich shot this sunset silhouette with a 16 mm gun camera (over Elsinore, California) and blew it up through an internegative process. The jumper is Jeep Gehrighty.

February 1969 Cover   (Feb 1969) Featured Photos Covers

Doug Goff of the USMA shot this striking composition of silhouettes during the NCPL Meet at Zephyrhills, Florida.

January 1969 Cover   (Jan 1969) Featured Photos Covers

Steve Duell leads out a load of Wisconsin's "Sky Knights" SPC in this unique chase-plane shot by Heinz Kultmeier of the Milwaukee Sentinel.

Development of the Rogallo Flexible Wing By CPT James E Garvey, U.S. Army   (Dec 1968) Features

Francis Rogallo, who had the original idea of using the “ wing” as a device to not only lower an object safely to earth but to allow man the ability to “ fly” longer between deployment and ground impact, has been working with this pro­ject since 1945. 

Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest By Bill Newell   (Dec 1968) Features

The Star Crest Emblem (eight-man star patch) stems from an idea that came to mind last year for the promotion of rela­tive work on a more refined scale and to commemorate the efforts of the late Bob Buquor who played a major role in the origin of star formation relative work.

December 1968 Cover   (Dec 1968) Featured Photos Covers

Henry Gonzales, a member of the Latin Skydivers, displays lots of Christmas color in this month's cover photo by Allen Silver.

November 1968 Cover   (Nov 1968) Featured Photos Covers

Shooting from a chase plane, Stan Kreiser catches members of the Air Force Academy Parachute Team jumping an Air Commando C-123K over Colorado.

October 1968 Cover   (Oct 1968) Featured Photos Covers

Members of the U.S. Parachute Team hit the target at Bad Kreuznach, Germany, during practice en route to the World Meet.  Photo by Chip Maury

August 1968 Cover   (Aug 1968) Homepage Featured Photos Covers

Sam Alexander captures a moment of flashing sun, refreshing sky, and the comradeship of accomplishment high above the Taft, California, DZ.