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Camp Raffalli, Calvi

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That rings a bell somewhere - but after all this time I'm beginning to doubt myself. What year (about)?

And what year did that REP Transall go down killing everybody? '81 - 82?
Did the Legion jump at Pau ?
Brit paras, others and SF did.
Just curious- thank you.
 

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That rings a bell somewhere - but after all this time I'm beginning to doubt myself. What year (about)?

And what year did that REP Transall go down killing everybody? '81 - 82?

1982 In Djibouti 4cie think in all 27 legionnaires but about 34 in total, might be wrong think it was 84/85 dentist if I’m right his wife was watching through the large binoculars and what I do remember is they said you could hear him screaming as he was wrapped in both canopies. But like always memory is poor and some information was from 3rd parties at the time!
 

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1982 In Djibouti 4cie think in all 27 legionnaires but about 34 in total, might be wrong think it was 84/85 dentist if I’m right his wife was watching through the large binoculars and what I do remember is they said you could hear him screaming as he was wrapped in both canopies. But like always memory is poor and some information was from 3rd parties at the time!
Thanks Pap. Memories fade don't they...
 

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Did the Legion jump at Pau ?
Brit paras, others and SF did.
Just curious- thank you.
The École des Troupes Aéroportées (ETAP), or School for Airborne Troops at Pau is for the French regulars, the 2e REP do their own jump training at Calvi. However according to Joel Struhers in his book Appel, Legionnaires do go to Pau for advanced jump training, e.g. HALO training. I'm guessing other specialized training like instructors courses may also be held at Pau.
 

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Never happened to me either, but I did see a number of incidents in Headcorn (Kent UK) in the early 70's (pre Legion) where I got my BPA ticket. On static using "Double Ls" there was rarely a problem, but using the more advanced TU canopy, "roman candles" (as they were called then) were not that unusual.
Capewells were not 100% at that time, and coming down on a reserve with the main chute still flapping around and trying to deploy is definitely a sight to behold.
Kro, it was only a problem when it was one of those humid, sticky days with no wind as we got in Calvi, Djibouti and when we were in Rwanda. It rained like a monsoon, but very little wind over the capital Kigali...
 

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I remember on arrival at the promo, we were all shepherd into the cellule photo where kiwi Philips put on a video of a group of people diving out of a Cessna. Because there were so many people and the space so tight the guy shooting the film took off his parachute to make room.
Now I know that I don't have to point out the obvious, but what did impress (shock) me was when the guy realized that he'd forgotten his 'chute, you see the camera spinning from left to right all the way to the ground.

I'll never, to this day, understand why they showed us that video :unsure:.
Papillion, we were also told the story about the aspirant dentist. Then we were told that anyone who wanted to join to the SMPS could do so once they were in their companies :coffee::whistle:. No thanks.
 
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