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.
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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