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Old 07-06-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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Need For Speed

Well today, I surpassed the speed of many cars. Jumped out of a plane that was doing about 120 mph and experienced freefall for a few minutes before the chute opened. Since this was the first jump I ever did, it was tandem. But I have to say, anyone who wants to experience true speed, this is it.

So ZL1 brethren, and all the Shelby owners who like to tout their quarter times against the ZL1, try the skydive, then it's only you and gravity.

This is the Jakeman challenge!

See how many can answer this thread and say they did it at least once.

Of course those that did this in the service of our country are a breed apart and have no more to prove.
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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Well today, I surpassed the speed of many cars. Jumped out of a plane that was doing about 120 mph and experienced freefall for a few minutes before the chute opened. Since this was the first jump I ever did, it was tandem. But I have to say, anyone who wants to experience true speed, this is it.

So ZL1 brethren, and all the Shelby owners who like to tout their quarter times against the ZL1, try the skydive, then it's only you and gravity.

This is the Jakeman challenge!

See how many can answer this thread and say they did it at least once.

Of course those that did this in the service of our country are a breed apart and have no more to prove.
I am sorry, but what does this have to do with a ZL1, come back when you jump out of the plane in the ZL1 then maybe.
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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What's the problem?

Sorry Guy. Get a sense of humor!

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Old 07-06-2013, 05:29 PM   #4
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I can fly the plane. Does that count?
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:30 PM   #5
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I am sorry, but what does this have to do with a ZL1, come back when you jump out of the plane in the ZL1 then maybe.
As much as I'd like to see that, I'd hate to trash a ZL1, can't we do it in a GT500, nobody will miss one of those.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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Lol

Glad you guys got the joke. Sort of tongue in cheek! Just jesting
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:23 PM   #7
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Well today, I surpassed the speed of many cars. Jumped out of a plane that was doing about 120 mph and experienced freefall for a few minutes before the chute opened. Since this was the first jump I ever did, it was tandem. But I have to say, anyone who wants to experience true speed, this is it.

So ZL1 brethren, and all the Shelby owners who like to tout their quarter times against the ZL1, try the skydive, then it's only you and gravity.

This is the Jakeman challenge!

See how many can answer this thread and say they did it at least once.

Of course those that did this in the service of our country are a breed apart and have no more to prove.
I don't know what kind of aircraft you jumped from but I had 32 jumps out of 4 different aircraft in years past. Not a ton but a few.... anyway they usually slow the aircraft to minimum stable velocity (about 45mph for most jump craft) before the jumpmaster lets a jumper out. It can easily take 3 minutes to get all the jumpers out and if the plane was doing 120 they would be spread 6 miles apart. Plus terminal freefall velocity even in a delta is around 120, ZL1 can easily hit that in fourth gear... I agree that first step is a rush but the actual speeds in skydiving are nothing compared to what any modern V8 is capable of.
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That's what I was sure of also. You slow plane to just above stall speed let everyone out and go.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:56 PM   #9
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I'll check and get back on the numbers
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:03 PM   #10
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Hey, don't get me wrong... I know that a lot of people don't have the guts to literally put there butt out in the breeze like that. I used to get so much adrenaline going that after I landed I could hardly loosen the straps and get out of the harness because my hands were shaking.....Congrats!
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:12 AM   #11
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Thanks. It is exhilarating and hard to judge everything, esp. first time.

Instructor said plane speed was about 60 knots (1.15 knots to 1 mph) with a head wind of about 15 to 20 mph. So force on the jumper is equivalent to about 80- 90 mph.

Top drop velocity is 120 mph.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:34 AM   #12
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I did it and had an adrenaline headache after. I love my Z but skydiving is the ultimate rush.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:53 PM   #13
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I've done it once. It was definitely an experience! I remember it was over 100* that day, but the air still felt cold while falling. Cheeks flapping and all! LOL

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Old 07-10-2013, 01:49 PM   #14
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Did it got the shirt and keep going back! But i would not give up my ZL. I can drive all day and night if i like. Tandem is fun but solo is the best( from 13000 ft ). Just remember to do what makes you smile and let the rest of the wold dream. Good luck.
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