PDA

View Full Version : WTB-paracommander


MK262MOD1
09-29-2012, 19:36
Hey guys,

Looking for a Paracommander or maybe an MC-3. I am not sure what a fair price on the canopy/harness maybe but, I am interested in acquiring one and getting my rigger to check it out so I can use it to jump. I'm also looking for a pop top or T10 reserve.

Love my 210 square but am looking to try something different.

If you have one in a closet or find one in a closet and were wondering what to do with it I'd be interested.

Thanks.

Ambush Master
09-30-2012, 10:30
You must have either been there or seen the video of the PC that was jumped @ Raeford!!:D

I have a Powder Blue MKI or II that has been modded - 28" Shortline. I've got over 900 jumps on it and it was jumped this year. It's in a Pioneer 3-pin container with a 26 Lo-Po Belly-Wart. It's not for sale, but if you ever make it to Texas, you'd be more than welcome to jump it!! It has been jumped in the last year and showed no signs of distress.

Later
Martin

MK262MOD1
09-30-2012, 20:08
Martin,

I haven't seen the video! But, would love to.

Did you short line your PC yourself?

Ambush Master
10-01-2012, 13:46
I did short line it myself, but I was working @ Houston Parachute Service at the time, so I had a Packing Table and a Double-Throw Zig-Zag machine that was a dedicated Suspension Line Machine!!

Ambush Master
10-01-2012, 13:47
Martin,

I haven't seen the video! But, would love to.



It's on the Raeford Facebook Page.

MK262MOD1
10-22-2012, 13:12
So I think I have found my para-commander.

Anyone have a MC-3 helmet they want to sell?....

This is a fun project.

MK262MOD1
04-12-2013, 20:39
So I have the whole kit now. Incorrect canopy but, it's a stunning red white and blue, so what the hell. ( and it looks brand damn new bet it has under 50 jumps) :)

longrange1947
04-12-2013, 21:51
Last time I jumped a PC it was into Ilopongo El Sal for Armed Forces Day (El Sal version) in 83 I believe it was, Rick Karas was on that jump he should remember. And no he was jumping a square as was everyone else. :D

Ambush Master
04-12-2013, 22:06
So I have the whole kit now. Incorrect canopy but, it's a stunning red white and blue, so what the hell. ( and it looks brand damn new bet it has under 50 jumps) :)

So, have you ever jumped a PC?? They are not your normal Round.

Later
Martin

longrange1947
04-12-2013, 22:10
So, have you ever jumped a PC?? They are not your normal Round.

Later
Martin

He'll learn. :munchin

Sorry couldn't resist. :D

TacOfficer
04-12-2013, 22:21
Mind if I ask a question about the parachute? I just googled the PC you're speaking of and read that it was developed in 61 and described as the latest and greatest of the time. Is it still used for duty, or has its day come and gone other than for recreation?

Sorry if I'm interrupting.

longrange1947
04-12-2013, 22:27
It is not used anywhere in the US military to my knowledge. The transition to square was started back in the late 70s through the early 80s. I was in the process of transitioning when I made the El Sal jump. I believe everyone on the jump teams, which I was not, had already transitioned.

TacOfficer
04-12-2013, 22:38
Thank you.

69harley
04-13-2013, 08:13
I saw some smoke jumpers last year jumping para commanders. Might want to check their forums (if they have any).

MK262MOD1
04-13-2013, 22:40
So, have you ever jumped a PC?? They are not your normal Round.

Later
Martin

Nope. I have jumped a sparrow, and squares.

T10s
-1B
SF10A
MC-4


BTW that smokejumper chute isn't a PC is a FS10.

Ambush Master
04-14-2013, 07:45
Nope. I have jumped a sparrow, and squares.

T10s
-1B
SF10A
MC-4


Don't even think about cranking a HARD turn close to the ground. It may be a Round, but it really turns fast and swings you way out, similar to a Square!!

Later
Martin

Guymullins
04-14-2013, 08:03
Dave Barr, my American friend had a PC which he bought from Al Frisbee. It had a very high malfunction rate, and Dave had many cutaways on it. I jumped it once because Dave was so enthusiastic about it and found it softly responsive compared to the South African made Spearchucker I was jumping at the time (1979). I went on to a Cloud, a lightweight Cloud, a couple of Cruislites, a Unit and finally a Cruiselite again which I gave to Dave when I was forced to stop skydiving many years after that PC jump. For some reason, Papilons wre more popular than PCs here (Probably price) but anyone who had a PC shortlined it.

Ambush Master
04-14-2013, 08:12
Like I said, I made close to 1K jumps on mine and only had 1 malfunction, a sleeve lock!!

Guymullins
04-14-2013, 09:30
Ambush, I am sure Daves malfunction rate was due to either his packing method or to the fact that Al Frisbee was known to experiment with gear and perhaps Daves chute was an unsuccessful experiment. PCs had a very good safety record here.

MK262MOD1
04-14-2013, 10:08
Don't even think about cranking a HARD turn close to the ground. It may be a Round, but it really turns fast and swings you way out, similar to a Square!!

Later
Martin

Good advice which I will absolutely take.