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30th Annual Leapfest

Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
The Rhode Island Army National Guard invited the European Paratroopers Association to take part in their 30th annual Leapfest which took place in North Kingstown, Rhode Island USA this Summer. The Leapfest is the largest International airborne training event and competition. Each team consists of 5 participants: 4 jumpers and 1 alternate jumper. Jumpers exit from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at an altitude of 1500 feet (457 meters) using an MC1-1C/D static line, round parchute. Participants aim to land as close as possible to a marked, designated area within the landing zone. Upon landing and completing a PLF, participants are timed by qualified judges until they reach the designated area. This is both an individual and team event. Each jumper must complete 3 jumps to be qualified for the individual award, and each team must complete 12 jumps in total to be qualified for the team award. Paratroopers will execute a familiarization jump prior to the competition.
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