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Leapfest 2016 – International Airborne Competition

As its National Airborne Day, it seems fitting to post our wrap-up of this year’s Leapfest today – hard to believe it was already a week ago that the skies over southern Rhode Island were full of parachutes…

National Airborne Day on Aug. 16 honors the occassion of the first official parachute jump of the US Army, conducted on this date in 1940, by the volunteer Soldiers of the Parachute Test Platoon.  Other nations had already established Airborne Forces even before the US of course, including Italy, Germany, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and even France.  The Canadian Army established its first airborne unit in July 1942.

tumblr_mtvd5tILoU1s57vgxo4_r2_1280Red Army paratroops ‘jump’ from the wing of a Tupolev bomber in an exercise during the 1930’s.

Military parachuting has come a long way since those early experimental drops, and many lessons were also learned the hard way from the combat parachute drops during the Second World War.  Today’s Paratroops jump from turbo-prop and jet-powered aircraft as well as helicopters using either a static-line to automatically deploy their parachute, or by freefalling and then manually pulling a so-called ‘rip cord’ to deploy their ‘chute – and modern parachutes also come with non-steerable and steerable round canopies for normal operations, or highly-manueverable ‘ram-air’ square canopies for special operations.

t-11-parachute-001Current-day US Army Paratroopers jump from a C-130 using the new, cruciform-shape canopied T-11 non-steerable parachute.  The T-11 system has replaced the T-10 parachute that was in use for over 50 years.

Leapfest is the largest, longest standing, international static-line parachute competition. It is hosted each year by the 56th Troop Command of the Rhode Island Army National Guard to promote training and esprit de corps within the international airborne community.

DSCN2499The team from the Czech Republic walk off the Drop Zone after a jump.

Leapfest is both an individual and team event – each jumper must complete 2 jumps to be qualified for the individual award, and each team must complete 8 jumps in total to be qualified for the team award.  Each team consists of 5 participants: 4 jumpers and 1 alternate jumper.

DSCN2562The combined teams from the Italian Army, Navy, Air Force and Carabinieri pose for a group photo.

Jumpers exit from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at an altitude of 1500 feet (457 meters) using an MC-6 static line deployed, steerable, parabolic parachute and aim to land as close as possible to a marked, designated ‘X-marks-the-spot’ on the Drop Zone.

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Leapfest 2016 is coming!

The Leapfest International Static Line Parachute Competition 2016 is now less than a week away!  Watch out of our event coverage to start this coming Saturday.

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BORDER WAR photo contest

Our friends at Airsoft & Military News Blog are running a photo contest for this year’s ‘Border War’ MilSim event.  They’ve got some great sponsors lined up to provide some great prizes…

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Click here to get all the details.

EDELWEISS RAID 2015: the final results

Last week we brought you a story about this year’s EDELWEISS RAID.  Now that the event is finished we can bring you the final results.

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Edelweiss Raid 2015 – Wenn der Berg ruft…

Edelweiss Raid 2015

EDELWEISS RAID is the unofficial World- Championships for Mountain Troops held every year in Austria, sponsored and supported by the Austrian Federal Army, and hosted by the Austrian Army’s 6th Light Infantry Brigade (High Alpine).

Opening ceremony

Opening ceremony at Standschützen Kaserne Kranebitten.

As of December 2012, Austria took over the EU lead in terms of mountain training and education.The conceptual term for this initiative is called “Pooling and Sharing (P&S) Mountain Training Initiative (MTI)”.  The Edelweiss Raid competition is conducted under the auspices of this initiative and is designed to be the ultimate challenge for mountain infantry to test their skills and share their knowledge, tactics, tips and procedures with regards to high-alpine, winter warfare.

Swiss team and their gear

The Swiss team sorting out their gear upon arrival.

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