We're preparing for a great airshow jump at Thunder Over Michigan, 2-4 Sept 2017. This will be a formation drop, like the ones we did in Normandy and promises to be the largest civilian round parachute drop in the US. RCPT-USA has 3 C-47s, and may get a fourth if we get enough jumpers. ADT will be there, I understand with two aircraft, also Airborne Heritage Platoon with one aircraft.
A similar jump was done from three aircraft at Topeka in 2013, but I don't believe they had as many jumpers.
In addition to the parachute drops on the three days of the show, there will be a concurrent WWII battle reenactment with a forecast 250 participants.
Looking forward to the show. It will be unlike anything we've done in the US so far.
Sometimes we jump to relive history. This time we made history by conducting the biggest static line military-style parachute drop in the US. WWII ADT provided 18 jumpers, RCPT-USA provided 25.
On Saturday, we jumped out of 5 C-47s. One of the planes assigned to RCPT had mechanical issues and arrived later in the day, so we remanifested our jumpers onto the two available aircraft. ADT flew 3 ships in the lead, followed by RCPT's two aircraft.
The result was impressive. Both teams worked to coordinate their procedures to put on a good show. Everyone landed on time, on target.
Unfortunately, we had to abort in the air on Sunday due to high winds, and scratched the jump on Sunday, also due to high winds.
But it was still a record setting jump. Hopefully we can combine teams in the future for another big jump, or maybe training for Normandy.