New Castle News from New Castle, Pennsylvania on December 8, 1933 · Page 14
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FOURTEEN L,ouaen Explains Aeronautical Terms Shows Difference Between Members Of Caterpillar Ghrt) And Rip Cord Olub Must Jump In Emergency To Save Life To Belong-To Caterpillar Club The difference! between members of the Outcrplllar club and the Kip Cord club of the World, are explained to The News, from George Loudon of this city, who Is attached to the 58th Service Squadron, Lang-ley Field, Va, Mr. Loudon's Interesting letter, In which ho explains the history of parachute jumping and other interesting aeronautical matters, follows: Lariyley Field, Virginia. Dec. 1, 1033. Mr. Fred Rent?,. New Castle News, New Castle, Penua. My Deiir Mr. Eon In: Since my last letter in The News concerning tho Initiation of Lieut. WllHam.s into the Caterplllor olub, I have had a number of letters from friends In New Castle questioning tho statement 1 inado In that letter, wherein I aaid that to the best of my knowledge Lieut. Williams was the only Lawrence county member of that world famous club, Some of my friends have confused the Caterpillar club with the Rip Cord Club of the World, so for tho Information of all concerned I have decided to write these low lineti dealing with the history of the two clubs. Tho It. C. C, W which I was initiated trto on July 19, 1927, Is a club formed along the linos of the famous C. C. Tho only difference being In the Initiation. To become a member of the C. O of the airplane. After Berry had fastened himself in the rigging of the parachute and cut himself away from the airplane, the jerk of his fall tore loose the fastenings which held the parachute to tho container, He fell about 300 feet with the parachute before it opened and eased him safely clown to terra firm a. Master Sergeant Ralph W. Bott-rleli, the premier jumper of the army air corps, has more initiations in the R, C. C..W. than any other Jumper in the world. He was the first "free tvne" naraehni.fi himtW . After serving seven years with the the .free type parachute -not only possible but practical lor airplane use. By January, 1920, he had niacin approximately 200 jumps, and I doubt if he can tell you himself how many he has made since, so I should say he is R, C. C. W. member No. 1, For his pioneering work In connection wittr parachutes, Sergeant Bottriei was awarded the Distln- guisneci ikying cross last March. Bailors," as Mr. Bob Fitzgerald of .the material division, Wright Fields call choao Caterpillar members who have saved their lives by sailing to good old term f lima under a silken canopy, but if I toll one more I'll want to tell another and another until you. won't have anv room left for advertising in the paper- Flfirni'fiRi'n.nri lYiunK vntiuiViln !lfnn matlon i'onthls letter was obtained It was an emergency jump from from the Air Corps News Letter, a a ciisablec aire ann In fnh. k,i Lieutenant Harold R, ' Harris that as mainly responsible for the formation of the mythical, but worldwide known organisation dubbed "CaterplUer club." Lieutenant Harris saved his life through the use of his parachute on October 20, 1922, while flight testing at McCook Field, an experimental tyrjc airolane. Koinprhinrr iv,i wrong. with the controls of this plane and when it went into a dive Lieut. Harris. thoughc it was high time to take : French leave and trust to Chance with his parachute. What ir Burying seven years wicn ine " fcHw-wuuute. -.wnw vaxo itsoji kwi field nrtillery and cavalry branches was then considered a miraculous-j.glnia. G. L monthly publication by. the Chief of ai V ..vurpft, vor yqm lniormauon, let me quote the News Letter: 'Publishers are authorised to re -print material appearing herein except that portion o the News Letter beginning with Notes from Air Corps Fields," Sincerely yours,; GEORGF, LOUDON. f8th Service Squadron, -1 , Langley Field, Virginia, P. S.Enclosed find money iorder lor renewal of my . subscription, PlfiaSf" (inn MmiA tn1 anhrt Momo In. I -32.5 48th Street, Newport News, Vir ol' the service he aunlinri for fvfm.s fer to the aviation section, signal corps, in December, 1917, with station at Kelly Field, Texas. He stated in his application that he had four experiences as an aeronaut with hot air ballons and parachutes. Later he made it known that he had a device by which . the pilot could get away' from an airplane, regardless of the nosltion of "the laimic mane. h rf!rme.ir.fri. nnv- mission to experiment; with his de vice and if successful, to offer it to the government. The necessary permission was granted, While, stationed at Kelly Field he made a number of practice jumps. Later he was. transferred to McCook Field where he made jumps from altitudes ranging from 1,000 to 20,000. feet On May 19, 193.0, he made, the first jump to be performed by army 'personnel with a, manually operated free type parachute. At that timo speculation was still rife as to whether a man falling " at great spood could control his movements sufficiently to reach for tke ripcord ring and pull It. Several fatalities' had occurred with the type of parachute attached to the airplane. The idea of the parachute attached to tho man alone and operated by mm auer no leaped into the air was a radical departure from the conventional. .Parachute .ummne a person inus make an emergency of any klm WIS t l y fiS- " . v , , i arcious use of a parachute, while to become a member of tho 11. C. C, W. one must make a volunteer, jump, cither after graduating or under the Instruction of a graduate of the Chu-nato School of Parachute Rigging, :i have been a.skcd which take tho most, norvo, In my estimation, after having worked with parachutes for a while, studied Mioir construction and performance, neither jump should take a lot of nerve. Of ootirso thorc Is a certain amount of danger ami tho advantage lies with I ho volunteer jumper, who can at tho last minute, If his nerve fails him, como down with the piano, in an omcrgoncy Jump the decision has already been rendered and It is either jump or oUse and most of us prefer to Jump, Tho II. O. C. W. has thousands of members all over tho world, where ovor tho United States maintains tin ali' corpH station, The Catorpiller olub has 503 members at the pres-Otih time, Thfi ifii'Ht teal; btmii fi'om nn nlv- piano in made by Captain Albert jjerry, wuoung "Aoronautics," on ivinven i, T-nis year usmui Jiert Berry, naraohuto loiiner, and Antonv Janinis, aviator, performed a feat 1 1. .. J. ...!... unit noroioioro nns boon pro-nouiicecl Inuiojwiblo or too foolhardv to attwnpt. Borry dropped in a paraonuto irom an alrplano while going at, am spocu. uapiam worry;.! parachute was carried in a small metal cone, fas tened sintui ond up to tho foot rest ROUND TRIP FARES only TWO GENTS PER MILE for CHJftlSTMAS and NEW YEARS HOLIDAYS Co imy time to Jn.It, limludlvo. Sty until Jan, 15th, If you wIhIi, '''kels hchmI hi conoliDN imd In I'nltmaii oars.HotHul-ii'lpNlonn. Jng car fharges tetlucml 25, Ak nhoul our LOW COST I'KKSONAIXY CONDlK.TUn '-KXi;KNSK TOUIt TO WASHINGTON during th CII1USTMAS IIOMIIAYS. - For further lnarnttUm Ticket. Agviit Baltimore & Ohio 111 Snitfi Of all this fiiofnnl: Tlnf triel never hesitated in offering his services, thereby aiding through his loarlessness, disregard of personal risk, and untiring effort, in making COUGHS Don't let them get a strangle hold, Fight germs quickly, Creomulsion combines the 7 best helps known to modern science, Powerful but harm less. noasanD to taice. ino narcotics. Your own druggist Is authorised to refund your money on the spot if your cough or cold is not relieved by Creomulsion, ' (adv.) escape from death, unused miinh comment and -speculation as to the future value . of the parachutes, in connection with flying operations. Two Dayton newspapermen, in conjunction witlv several members of the parachute branch at McCook Field, . got their . heads together, foreseeing tha-i there wa& a possibility of future : accidents of this kind and believing that some recognition should be given aii-men saving their lives. ,by means of their parachutes. '; As n rnshlt, nf t.Kti several conferences,' the title, "Oat-, erpiller Club" began to be noticed in print now and then. 1 .v v Space , will not 'permit, me to enumerate for your readers ' all- the thrilling tales told by the 563 mom-bers of .this organization. It would ,be impossible to give the exact circumstances surrounding each case, oui .i- can assure- that' of those I have read, , not one was lacking, in that ' little something which causes an extra beat of the 'heart', whmr reading, There are two women members of the club, Miss Fay Glliis and Mrs. Irene McFarlane. Eighteen members hav Watt n.- second degree,, while Capt. O, D, Hunter is doing his best to equal one woria xamous uoionel lindberg, Colonel Lindberg has four degrees and the captain, throe. It appears from the records of the CaterplUer club that Major A. H. GUeson, any corps, now stationed at Selfl'idsre Field. ,Minh mnrin an (.in- ergency ; jump . from : the lowest altitude. While testing a pursuit plane on October 5, 1,927, when about B0 feet off the ground the propeller broke and practically the whole motor fell out with, a burst of oil and gasoline that enveloped the plane, The plane shoit up to about one hundred and ITlfty feet, rolled over. and started down, Aided by the inverfcetl position of the; plane, Major Gilkeson left it the instant he released his ' safeljy belt, pulling his; ripcord immediately, his parachute,, opening just before he reached the ground. 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