Several members of the Tandem Team returned to our home training site in Laurinburg, NC this week. The Team has been busy this summer traveling the country taking our tandem operations to the American People.
We have performed tandem camps in Beckley, WV; Ottawa, IL; Chicago IL; Cincinnati, OH and Addison TX. Today we had another special guest with us for a once in a lifetime opportunity. Jennifer Cobb a female truck driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wanted to see what 120 MPH felt like outside of her truck. SSG Joe Abeln gave the tandem briefing with cameras rolling from FOX Sports NASCAR. Jennifer was very excited to get things under way. After a short class Jennifer geared up in her racing suit and was on her way up to 13,500 feet. Before she had time to take it all in, the lexan door in the rear of the Twin Otter opened up. SSG Abeln and Jennifer moved to the door of the aircraft 2 1/2 miles above the ground.
“Ready, Set Go”! The two exited the airplane with perfect form. SFC Eric Heinsheimer filmed the jump and took still photos of her experience with the US Army. The pair rushed towards earth before the parachute opened and slowed their decent. Once back on the ground Jennifer was thrilled for the opportunity to spend the day with the US Army Golden Knights.