Many years ago, parachute jumping was one of the main attractions of every "Flying Circus".?
Many years ago, parachute jumping was one of the main attractions of every "Flying Circus". At least three or four jumps were made at every demonstration and the jumpers were regarded as daredevils of the highest courage.
Then came the war and parachuting took on a new angle. Thousands of men learnt to master their fear and jimp into battle, carrying guns, grenades an even heavy machine guns strapped to their bodies.
After the war, many found that they still had a yearning to experience the thrill of stepping out into space and parachute clubs came into being all over the world.
Russia became a leading motion in the new sport although it was a Fr???snowman who eventually claimed the world record for a delayed drop - falling several thousand feet before she finally opened her parachute.
In the recent Adriatic Parachute Contest in Tivat, Yugoslavia, competitors from ten countries - includin the United States - gathered to show precision jumping at its best.
No less than twelve world champions took part in the competition and to jump against each other for the trophy presented by the President of the National Assembly of Montenegro, Blesa Jovanovic.
One of the most exacting contents involved jumping into deep water - a feat that requires skill and judgement from every competitor.
The Soviet Union - which awards its highest sporting decoration, Grand Master of Sport, to many parachutists - provided the winner in both sections, world champion Priskhins winning the ladies section and Peklin winning the mens contest.