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 the
United States to pick up my stuff? Suddenly, the
master jumper asked me if I remembered all the
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 arrived on the ground, I grinned. I had
and his friend Yucel after the jump.
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. Then, 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) it
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.