Most of these people are waiting to make their first tandem skydive.
Even more so than jumpers, they spend a LOT of time outside watching the sky.
"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return." -Unkown author. Mistakenly attributed to Leonardo da Vinci
Interesting to see you giving the perspective of people on the ground! I love your insights into this very brave activity.
I'm not jumping out of an airplane unless the engines are on fire. You should have made all the images the same size (width). That would have made it less jarring to look at. Wonder how much BS was being talked?
I thought about the sizing later. It still tells my story.
As far as what they say, sometime I hear them.
Sometimes I answer questions they ask.
Sometimes they have friends, or family in the air while they are waiting for their turn.
As far a aircraft in distress, this is a sport. It has been a sport since the early 1960s in the USA. Earlier in Europe. In fact it is recognized as a sport by the IOC.
We don't use the same gear that aviators use for emergency egress from their aircraft.
I have personally had two aircraft, crap out from under me while flying them, so I have serious doubts about the "Perfectly Good Airplane myth."
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
I like flying, but since I broke my wrist in three places being an idiot, I don't like heights. My dad was a private pilot. Had his IFR/Night training and owned a Cessna P210 and a couple of those little Robinson R22 Helicopters which he also flew.
I'm scared of heights too!
I can't roof houses anymore.
From 2 miles up however, there is no depth perception. It isn't "Height" but is "Scenery."
There isn't any sensation of dropping like one gets in an elevator either.