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Monday, November 1, 2010

Ready, Set, Jump - Theme Day - Public Transportation

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This is a shot of the jump towers, of which there are three, on Fort Benning. 
Two of the towers are used to train Airborne soldiers how to jump out of airplanes.. 
The third is set up as it was used at the 1939 World's Fair in New York.  
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The jump towers were originally constructed as part of an amusement ride at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. The US Army saw value in them as platforms from which to train paratroopers. They were purchased by the US government after the World's Fair, disassembled, and moved to Fort Benning. During the re-construction, some height was added. Each of the three towers now stands at 255'6" and have a length of 134'3" from tip to tip of the arms. During training, soldiers are hauled up to the tip on an arm by a cable, then released to descend by parachute. 
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1 comment:

Lynette said...

Great Theme Day post--super photos and text. Mine is up on November 1 at Portland Oregon Daily Photo; it’s a photo that I took on the Portland, Oregon, MAX Light Rail last Saturday.