Unreal photo by U.S. Army Visual Information Specialist Jason Johnston: The soldier looks so casual doing his salute that, instead of jumping outside of the airplane, it looks like he is walking on air towards the bay of the C-130 Hercules—like a real world superhero.
Check out this video of the 82nd Airborne Division in action. It's all interesting but the best part is on the 2:21 mark—fast forward to see paratrooper Pfc. Tyler Billings jumping from a C-130 transport from his point of view.
This is just awesome. Jim 'Pee Wee' Martin, a 93-year-old WWII veteran paratrooper, just did the same jump out of a plane into Normandy that he did for D-Day 70 years ago when he was 23-years-old. But he says this jump was much easier because "there wasn't anybody shooting at me today."
On the eve of the Normandy invasion, three planes carrying the members of Britain's 13th Battalion took off for France. In addition to the 60 men aboard, each plane carried one dog. The story of how these paratrooping canines got there — and what happened next — is nothing short of remarkable.
Can your mountain bike survive this 1000-foot jump? Mine can't. In fact, I don't even have a mountain bike. Much less one that is used by the US Marines, folds, and looks as badass as the Montague Paratrooper Tactical Bike.