The engines have already been fired up! The planes are taking off two and three at a time. Crazy people are jumping out of a perfectly good airplane at a very rapid pace! Right over my house!!!
This marks the third year in a row that an area skydiving club had held an annual event at the Fitzgerald airport. They bring a large crowd and will have people jumping all weekend. The event got an early start today and at the present time I can still hear the planes as they buzz over my neighborhood. The airport is only about 2 miles from here and we will spend the weekend watching parachutes pop open and bring these crazy souls back down to earth.
We like to go watch! You can hear the plane as it approaches and it can easily be found in a pair of good binoculars. You can actually see the free fallers when they leave the plane. If you do not have binoculars, then you just watch the blue heavens and chutes will open like pop-corn across the sky in all sorts of colors. The kids think it is really neat. The group will be trying to set a record this weekend by linking up with other free fallers to see how many than can actually hook up while falling. They will be jumping out of at least two planes at one time to do this. It looks like pepper thrown on a blue plate when they start. They move close together to try and hook up and then spread back out to hit their chutes. There will be around 60 parachutes in the sky when that happens!
They offer tandem jumps for those adrenalin junkie type of people, and people will come from miles around to participate. So if you want to jump out of a plane this weekend, make your way to Fitzgerald. Make sure to wave at me on your way down!!