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Falling through history

Posted: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014

(Photos by Katie Peterson)

Skydivers at Chicagoland Skydive Center experienced history Thursday afternoon as ten experienced divers had the opportunity to jump out of a World War II aircraft.

The Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress is one of only ten B-17s still flying in the United States.

“For licensed skydivers, this is like being there when a legendary band plays a legendary concert. It’s fast, it’s loud, it’s part of American history, and it’s such a rare and memorable experience,” said Mike “Woody” Wood, Chief Operating Officer at Chicagoland Skydiving Center.

Tim Hunckler landed at CSC Thursday afternoon, shaking from excitement. It was his 802 jump but coming out of the bottom of the aircraft was a first for him.

For the complete article see the 07-20-2014 issue.

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