Each month, you will find an Outlaw Profile here. These are Registered Outlaws who made the sport of parachuting what it is today. This page is in recognition of the contribution they made by their participation.
This month, Dick is telling you about himself in his own words.
"I made my first jump in 1961. Even that jump was somewhat of an outlaw jump. I was on the West Point track team and due to the grueling workouts in the field house i developed plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. The track coach and trainer told me to take a few weeks off. So, without anything to do with my free time I walked down to the skydiving club and signed up.
After a couple hours training I made my first jump on a white canopy with a blank gore and Derry slots. My jump master had about 35 jumps. I loved the jump and was hooked. My track coach was not happy but, as long as I practiced and performed well, he kept me on the team. Subsequent to this I made a few jumps a month, when the wind was below 10 mph.
After I was cleared for free fall I went home on Christmas leave, bought a pair of Sears white coveralls, dyed them red and retrieved my Bell helmet from the closet. My dad had located a local DZ in Dublin Virginia and I went there. They gave my log book a cursory look, 15 jumps, and issued me a chute and reserve. We squeezed into a Cessna 172 and up we went. I had been jumping an Otter, so the 172 was a new experience. Scrunched down out on the step and went off on my back! Rolled over and opened after a 10 second delay. On the ground another club official said “I want to look at your logbook!” So I had an interesting start to the sport.
Over time I managed to expand my expertise in the sport. For the next four years we did demoes over the North East at mostly military bases. We also began competing, primarily accuracy. First jumping cheapos on turf with a huge cloth X as a target. We were measured out to 25 feet. The hot rigs were 7TU’s and we did a fair amount of crashing but survived.
Time passed and we got better at accuracy. I was lucky to finish second overall at the 1964 Collegiate Nationals at Orange Mass. in late 1964 I bought a Red White Blue PC, #226. I had never seen one in the air until I was hanging under one on my 100th jump.
Practice and a number of small meets got me ready for the 1965 Collegiates where I finished second overall again! This time I lost to Ed Dorey, RIP. By graduation I had made about 190 jumps and was trying to complete my 10 sixties. I was at Fort Bragg and went off post to Dunn NC to do the needed 5 jumps. Of course we were not allowed to jump off post without a D license! As I arrived at the DZ Spider Wrenn, the ASO, saw me and said, “I don’t see you” and he left.
I had arranged for Wes Mills to fly me in a Cessna 195 if I could get 3 others to go with me. I got three young USAPT fellows to go with me and they departed at 2500 making a three man on each load. I bored 5 uneventful holes in the sky. Packaged my D license application and mailed it to Norm Heaton. He later told me that he received a huge number of applications that July and, that’s why I ended up with four digit D-1072. I would have loved a three digit number.
We made many demos in the 82nd club, the most Outlaw of them is from a Huey, flown by Dick Fortenberry. We were told to jump by the 82nd CG even though the ceiling was 800 ft. So, I asked Dick to give us max speed. He did and we made hop and pops landing right in front of the reviewing stand. Nothing to it!
Army assignments impacted frequency of jumps but I did make a few in the Dominican Republic and at Fort Bragg. No jumps in Vietnam but I came back at Fort Benning.
Watching “The Gypsy Moths” served as the shocker to get me off my ass and to the DZ. My first jump, with a new homemade rig was a shock as the manufacturer had misrouted the friction adapters on the main lift web, and the harness let out all the way to the keepers. By this time I was a Senior Rigger and should have checked.
Anyway jumping restarted and I was sent to Atlanta for Graduate School at Ga Tech. I joined the Tech club and had a ball both years. I scheduled my classes so I would have afternoons available for skydiving. Jumped in a number of Georgia Parachute Council competitions against Ed Louder, Rick Valley and others. Also went to Raeford for a few Carolina Council Meets.
At about the 400 jump level I was introduced to the small ParaPlane by Pat Valley and bought one. About 100 jumps and several cutaways, I bought a Cloud then a Strato Star and then a Strato Cloud. Jumped in competitions in California and won a few meets in accuracy. Joined the Cal. Club and was on their 10 man team (#8) but they wouldn’t let me jump a ram air, so it was back to my PC.
Got my Master Parachute Rigger and Instructor Examiner while at Fort Ord. I also bought an airplane as well as flew Mitch Adam’s C-182 for the Ft Ord club. The Army sent me to Korea for 2 years and I was the DPRE for Korea. There I won the 1978 Korean Nationals with a total of 3cm.
Back home with numerous assignments in the Pentagon and other places in the DC area I flew jumpers at Woodbine in a Beaver. I later sold my Cessna 170B with the 180 Lycoming conversion. While at Quantico I was the photographer for the USMC demo team. Most notable was our jump on to the beach at Atlantic City for the Miss America contest. They gave us a free hotel room, food and tickets to the Miss America Pageant. Great times!
Army duties then were taking up most of my time so I hung it up for 27 years until I was attending a Pioneers of Parachuting reunion at Raeford when Gene Paul Thacker offered a free rig and jump. I took it and made my jump with my friend Cheryl Stearns. I bought the first production PD Zero and have had a great time doing accuracy once again. But the target is now nothing more than a dime sized dot! I never said this sport was easy.
So after about a 1,000 jumps since returning 12 years ago I am 80 years old and about to celebrate completion of my 60th year jumping. I am looking forward to many years to come.
Blue Skies and “We don’t need no stinking NOTAMS!””
At 78 years of age, Cliff Davis of Texas, is undeniably an old school skydiver; one who made his first jump in Dewey, Oklahoma in 1964. Typical of many jumpers at that time, he remembers making his first jumps in a pair of Sears coveralls and wearing old football helmets. He jumped steadily for 16 years. In the process, he made over 1000 jumps, became a jump pilot, Master Rigger and equipment dealer. During that time, he also held every rating that the then Parachute Club of America, and later, the United States Parachute Association, offered as well as becoming an Instructor Examiner and National Judge.
After a 29 year break from skydiving, the love of the sport brought him back 11 years ago. Today, as he can, he jumps at various Texas drop zones. Three of his grandchildren have made tandem jumps with Cliff exiting behind them, along with a videographer. Then Cliff will make a two way with them. That’s a great granddaddy! During the Sixties, Cliff was the U.S.P.A. Southwest Conference Director.
You might catch him at Pioneer of Skydiving reunions and Skydiving Hall of Fame events. He touts Lew Sanborn, D-1, as his mentor.
Cliff and his wife, Donna, have been married for 55 years. They have two children and four grandchildren. Cliff retired 25 years ago from Conoco Oil as the manager of the company’s U.S. asphalt operation.
The character, “Cliff” in my book, “The Outlaws” was inspired and is loosely based on his skydiving spirit and his longevity in the sport.
Joseph Canale lives in south Mississippi with his wife, Nina. A Viet Nam veteran, he is still an active jumper at 70 years of age.
After a 32 year skydiving hiatus to pursue a career and raise a family, wanting to get back into the sport – he made his first jump in 1972 at Ripcord ParaCenter in New Jersey – so he returned to the sport via a AFF course at a commercial drop zone. It soon became evident to him that the commercial center was only interested in profits. Thus, in true Outlaw fashion, Joseph decided that he wasn’t going to let profiteers dictate how he should jump, so he began his own, private, top-secret drop zone somewhere deep in pines of Mississippi. Joseph holds a ‘C’ license, Jumpmaster and Conference Judge Ratings.
In my book, “The Outlaws,” the character Jose’ is based, in part, on Joseph. Joseph is proud of his old school status as a jumper. He has jumped at many drop zones throughout the country and has accumulated over 900 jumps. He has been an ardent reader of the Outlaw stories and avid supporter of the Outlaw movement.
On a personal note, in my over 37 years as a writer, book author and independent publisher, I had never gotten a reward for my stories and writing quite so unique and meaningful as what Joseph did as he followed and associated himself with the Outlaw stories. The pictured tattoo on his right arm came at about the mid-point of my finishing the book, and when he got it, I was, to say the absolute least, flattered. Even the word, 'flattered,' pales.
I am now working on the sequel to “The Outlaws” and Joseph, as a retired mechanical engineer, and someone who is highly familiar with the handicapped, has graciously agreed to help out as a subject matter expert. I am honored to know him and his lovely wife, Nina, and hope the association is a long one.
The First Outlaw sporting his tat and a BSBD shirt.
Pat Moore, B-4600, D-3615, D-1814, Gold Wings 326, Diamond Wings 152, began his skydiving career at Orange, MA in 1962 under the watchful eye of Lew Sanborn, D1.
Over the next fourteen years he logged over 2000 jumps focusing on style and accuracy as well as small formation relative work. He competed at the Nationals on four occasions and became the first jumper to record nine consecutive dead center accuracy jumps on a round canopy. He was known for doing standing back flips to win beers and once did one fully loaded with gear while climbing to altitude in a DC-3.
Pat was the morning meteorologist at Channel 8 (NBC-TV) in Tampa in the seventies and performed many demo jumps in the Tampa Bay area including intentional cutaways (wearing three chutes). Although primarily a style (averaged in the high 7s) and accuracy jumper he was a member of Funk’s Hybrid four way RW team with Ski and Donna Chmielewski. Pat was a three-time Overall Champion of the Florida Parachute Council.
Since hanging it up, Pat’s aerial adventures have been limited to jumping into an airbag, indoor skydiving, drone flying, and doing New Zealand’s highest bungee jump. He has pursued rock climbing, distance unicycle riding, golf (2-time Club Champion), photography, pencil drawing and painting but his passions these days are ski racing and snowboard racing.
In 2008 he became the first racer to win Age Group National Championships in both events at the same time. He has won the snowboard title 13 times and jokes that he has outlived his competition. Pat and his wife Penny host Pat and Penny's Travel Channel on YouTube and look forward to the days when they can resume traveling.
Although no longer an active participant in the sport of skydiving, Pat has many fond memories and wanted to make a contribution to the legacy of the sport. In 2014 he created DZGone.com, a website devoted to chronicling defunct drop zones throughout the United States. He solicited help in identifying these venues and was able to document more than 600 DZs in all fifty states.
His mottos? “When you’re over the hill, you pick up speed” and “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room”.
Selfie Bungee Jumping in New Zealand.
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