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You have no enemies, you say?
Alas, my friend, the boast is poor.
He who has mingled in the fray
Of Duty, that the brave endure,
Must have made foes. If you have none,
Small is the work that you have done.
You've hit no traitor on the hip,
You've dashed no cup from perjured lip,
You've never turned the wrong to right,
You've been a coward in the fight.

Charles MacKay

I've been away from the jumping scene for some time now and there've been so many changes and closed dropzones that I can no longer honestly comment.
Some things though never change, and the same half dozen or so absolute arseholes continue to pollute Pakenham, because they aren't welcome elsewhere, so if you have any sensitivity, it's probably still best avoided.
Check the Australian Parachute Federation web site for the current details of clubs, but remember...
FREEFALL UNITED SKYDIVERS is where the most friendly, no hassle, no politics, no bullshit, no skygod, no rel queen,fun jumping happens. Freefall United's strength lies in the belief that as egomania is adequately catered for elsewhere, it is strongly discouraged in this club.
Being a true non commercial club in the ever increasing commercial skydive world, and, with no affiliation with any single dz allows the freedom to jump at exotic locations throughout the state, often from exotic aircraft. We have access to a c186 (VH-DPI) which belongs to our club President.

There's even a regular, off dz social life which is bloody legendary and actually includes - SHOCK, HORROR - non jumpers. The derogatory word 'whuffo' is never heard at FU.
Go back to my home page and click the FREEFALL UNITED SKYDIVERS link, and check out the club where increasing numbers of skydivers who still remember why they started to jump, are jumping. This is the BEST club in Australia, but as it's our club, we may be a little biased. Check it out. *****

Theresa exiting VH-ATO over Pakenham. Terri is also a power pilot. Terri always smiles!!!

VH-DPI at Apollo Bay.

My first jump.
Nagambie Drop Zone.

Vonnie's 100th landing.
Nagambie again.

Geoff having fun at MGC. (cmg)

Rob, Sharky, Dan, Matt and Shane (video)

Jo, Kelly, B and Nomes. (?video)

Vonnie spotting at 3500 feet over Locksley on the Blanik wing.
Photo by Chris McGough.

Lane flipping over British Columbia.

Jeff falling out of a biplane at Quincy.
August 1999.

Jim on the Blanik L13 at MGC. (cmg)

Richard. (cmg)

Ash on the Blanik. (cmg)

Ian at MGC. (cmg)

All the jumpers on the Blanik wing are FU members testing the new QANTUS extra econony air fares. BYO parachute. Special Thanks to all at Mangalore Gliding Club.

Brian. (cmg)



Last update May 2000.

Photo Credits.
(cmg) = Chris Mc Gough