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 Post subject: Don Calder LehrKp event
PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 16:34 pm 
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Don Calder held his annual Fallschirmjager Lehrkompanie event at the Virginia Beach Airshow during the operation Merkur annivesary weekend- there are several albums in the link.

http://s1118.photobucket.com/user/FJLeh ... t=6&page=1


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 15:52 pm 
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A bit more about the event, it was held on the anniversary of Operation Merkur weekend at the Virginia Beach Airshow, which included a Me262 flyover, Lancaster from Canada, a flying Mosquito, and a flying JU 52 in ww2 period camouflage colors.

the Lehrkompanie event replicated jump training, including landing rolls ( including the jump / roll over two kneeling men), suspension harness training , jump tower training and parachute packing. Then we had photo opportunities with the ju52, simulating loading and hooking up to the static line...probably the largest gathering of fj fabric Don Calder's rz 16 and 20 parachutes ever assembled!

We billeted in a ww2Luftwaffe hanger imported piece by piece and reassembled from Cottbus to the US. As a point of interest, period .50 cal bullet strikes were left intact in the steel frames, as well as period "graffiti" left by a German worker during the original construction!

Ww2ace Hans Meyer stopped by for dinner , where he commented the meals served were "exactly as he remembered".

The new "skills" were demonstrated to hundreds of public attendees, much to their delight.

There was to be a jump from the ju52. But it was cancelled as a lightning storm moved in. 30 fj reenactors from all over the US and one from Poland attended the 3 day event. On completion of the jump training, the men were awarded a Fallshirmschutzenschein and a jump card.

A swing dance was serenaded by a Frank Sinatra impersonator and the "Victory Belles", who joined us for a farewell party at the hanger for a retiring US marine after 20years of service.

A truly great event!


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