Bartolomé Asín from
don't know why I did it. While the airplane was
climbing, I was asking myself a lot of questions.
For example, what would my parents think of me if
the parachute didn't work, or who would come to
United States to pick up my stuff?
from Arturo Bartolomé
I was flying! I looked at my jump
masters. They were with me, and they were
smiling. "So far so good," I thought.
(Arturo is the one with the purple and
from Arturo Bartolomé
I arrived on the ground, I grinned. I had
Photo from Arturo Bartolomé
and his friend Yucel after the jump.
the master jumper asked me if I remembered all the
said, "mmmmm, yes
I do, hold on, what was the
third step?" Shoot, I didn't remember anything. He
looked at me, and he told me, "Don't worry, we'll
be with you."
I looked at my altimeter. We were at 10,000 feet. I
only had two minutes to turn back. At that moment,
I thought about my favorite saying "Alea Jacta Est"
(There is no turning back.)
looked at the door, and I realized that the light
had switched to green.
you ready?," the jump master asked me
I am," I answered him.
walked to the door. There were two jump masters who
jumped with me. One was on my left, and the other
was on my right. I followed all the steps, and then
was flying! I looked at my jump masters. They were
with me, and they were smiling. "So far so good," I
thought. I relaxed, and I did all the procedures. I
had to wait until I was at 6.000 feet to pull the
were working without problems. There was no noise
except the sound of the wind. I was descending at
120 mph in 55 seconds of freefall.
I looked at my altimeter. It was at 6.000 feet. I
made the "five-five" signal with my hands by
flashing that number with my fingers, and I pulled
the cord with my right hand.
1002, 1003, 1004, I almost stopped in the air. The
harness was holding me. I looked at my parachute
and (Oh my god!) saw that the cords were twisted
(Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!), but I yanked
them taut above my head, and (aahhhhhhhhh) they
said to myself, "Relax, Arturo, the worst stage is
over." I was at 4.000 feet. I could see the airport
and the place where I had to land. I tested my
parachute, and it worked perfectly. I turned to the
right and I turned to the left inbound to the
airport. It was ok. I was going to land in four
minutes. When I arrived on the ground, I grinned. I
had done it.
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