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One of the little joys afforded skydivers is the opportunity
to order customized parachute equipment. Sport parachute manufacturers
offer a wide range of fabric colors. Walking into a skydiver's gear
shop, it's not uncommon to see a skydiver hunkered down with a box
of crayons and a canopy template, trying to figure out the perfect
custom color scheme for his or her new canopy.
I started skydiving in 1990, making
most of my jumps on a used all-red parachute.
After I retired that canopy, I considered
many color schemes for its custom replacement. But it wasn't
until I settled on the canopy model (the PD Sabre) that it finally
dawned on me what color scheme I should create -- rather, re-create.
As the above photo illustrates, this
is probably the closest I'll ever come to flying a Sabre with
336th/4th Fighter Wing markings.
And that's what "the other Sabre"
is all about.
Designs to learn more about the PD SABRE (now replaced
with the Sabre II) and other PD sport parachute designs.
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about the modern sport of skydiving.