It’s time to introduce you to Charlie Urban, of Shreveport, LA. He’s the guy who supplied us with the past two #TBT’s (Elvis and the Star over Lake Whitney) , and we can only hope that he’s got more photos in the shoebox those came from!
World, meet Charles – dressed for the job back in 1981.
The gear includes a round 35’ T10 Military Surplus main with the 7TU Steering Modification. Charles noted that the 24’ Flat military surplus round belly-mounted reserve did not have steering lines but used a line release steering modification. Also, there is no Stevens system on this rig. Charles noted that this jump resulted in a Mae West malfunction of the main, and subsequent cutaway of the “bellywart” reserve.
Those of you that have never seen anything but the 3-rings, check out the Capewell cutaway system, and be glad you started skydiving after that bearded guy Bill Booth had his great idea (well, one of them).
Got some Throwback photos you’d like to share? We’d love to see them!