Sport: Jumping Russians

The stubby little biplane leveled off at 5,000 ft. over the tawny fields of Burgundy. In the rear cockpit, a Russian parachutist carefully checked his equipment. When he spotted a white chalk cross on the ground below, he stepped off into space. For 20 seconds he fell free. Then his nylon chute blossomed overhead and he began to drift downwind, past his target. Tugging skillfully at his suspension lines, he spilled air from his chute and slipped back toward the cross. He touched down only four yards short of the mark.

"That Russian was playing on his chute like an organist," marveled...

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