October 17, 1986 |
Today, the pieces of silk seem pleasant decorations, things one might wear in a breast pocket. Four decades ago, during World War II, they were used to help British prisoners of war escape to freedom. They are maps, printed on parachute silk, some pieces as large as a head scarf, some no larger than a handkerchief. These are not idle amusements. The British military intelligence service known as MI9 called them "escape and evacuation plans. " "MI9 gave them as standard issue to Royal Air Force flying crews who were flying over occupied Europe so that, if they got shot down, they had an escape map with them," Barbara Bond explained during an interview yesterday.
May 28, 2006 |
When Irv Pliskin returned from World War II, all he brought with him were a plate he had fashioned from tin Spam cans and a china cup with a swastika emblazoned on the bottom. "You don't have many artifacts when you're a prisoner of war," Pliskin said the other day. "Especially aviation prisoners. All they have is a parachute and their uniforms. " Pliskin, 82, parachuted out of a B-17 bomber that was shot down while en route to Cologne, Germany, on a bombing run in January 1945.
July 14, 1999 |
Do you realize summer is half-over already? If you are still just thinking about enjoying all the things there are to do when the weather is warm, there's no more time to waste. Before you know it, cold and snow will be back. Think hiking, biking, packing a picnic, going for a swim, strolling along the Wissahickon or Pennypack creeks in Fairmount Park and dipping a toe in, heading for the Jersey shore to bounce in the surf, sit on the beach and walk on the Boardwalk. You could jog along the West River Drive, explore the gardens behind the Art Museum, poke around the shops and sights of Manayunk, Old City and Chestnut Hill.
November 17, 1986 |
Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Was it a piece of debris flying off the skeleton of the city's tallest building? Nope, concluded a foreman supervising construction of 60-story One Liberty Place at 17th and Market streets. It was a guy floating to the ground with a parachute. From about the 58th floor. More than 900 feet above city streets. Three men with parachutes soared out of the upper reaches of the building shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday. Two landed safely. The parachute of the last jumper snagged on the top of a nearby six-story parking garage and the man apparently was hurt when he dropped to the ground, barely missing a 10-foot-high chain-link fence that surrounds the construction site.
July 12, 1986 |
The top-fuel cars are the dragsters whose hoods taper to a point supported by a couple of skinny tires that look as if maybe they were borrowed from a baby carriage. A top-fuel car travels a quarter of a mile in several seconds at a speed of about 270 m.p.h. Then a parachute erupts from the rear of the car, and the car slows and eventually stops. It is a ride that Dan Pastorini describes as "better than sex. " Pastorini caught car fever bad when he was a kid in California.
August 27, 1989 |
A man identified as a New York City waiter parachuted off the 47th floor of the partly built Mellon Bank Center yesterday in what was purported to be an event staged to win public acceptance for the "sport. " But angry police and construction officials said the 7 a.m. jump was illegal and said the man, who friends said was Joseph Delett, risked killing himself or passersby. Few people - other than the organizers - witnessed the jump, which occurred just as security guards were leaving and a morning shift of construction workers was arriving at the building on JFK Boulevard.
September 26, 1988 |
A new escape system aboard the space shuttle Discovery will allow the five- man crew to reach safety in the event of an emergency - but not under the very worst types of emergencies. Sliding down an aluminum-and-steel pole extending nearly 10 feet from a hatch door on the orbiter vehicle's front left side, the crew would be able to clear the orbiter's massive wing and parachute onto land or water while its failing orbiter barreled toward Earth. The system would work only under limited circumstances - not during the dangerous launch period and not if a stricken orbiter were spinning out of control.
May 14, 1998 |
Millions of Americans jumped out of bed this morning. Dale Nelson jumped out of an airplane. Again and again and again and again. . . . Nelson, of Malvern, Pa., is attempting to break the Guinness Book world record for the most consecutive sky dives in a 24-hour period. If all goes as planned, Nelson will throw his 48-year-old body out of an aircraft over Cross Keys Airport every 3 1/2 minutes. To beat the record held by Jay Stokes of Arizona, Nelson must dive more than 384 times before the clock strikes 1 p.m. today - more than 16 jumps per hour.
November 16, 1994 |
Darryl Tate spent the last two weeks thinking ahead, worrying the whole time about what would be behind him. That's why the Central High senior went out to run by himself on Saturday mornings in preparation for yesterday's Public League cross-country championships. Anticipating all along that he might be alone in front of the pack, Tate wanted to get accustomed to the feeling ahead of time. The practice paid off as he coasted to victory in the boys' race at Belmont Plateau, covering the 3.1-mile course in a personal best time of 17 minutes, 7.01 seconds.
October 27, 1986 |
Shea Stadium parachute jumper Michael Sergio walked out of Queens Criminal Court yesterday without paying a penny - all because the man on the bench was a fan in the stands. Sergio, who sky-dived onto the field during Saturday night's World Series Game 6 between the Mets and Red Sox, stood before Judge Alan Beldock to hear charges of criminal nuisance, criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. Queens Assistant District Attorney Michelle Goldstein asked the judge to set $10,000 bail, arguing that the stunt could have backfired and harmed someone.