Sport: The Case for the Parachute

"You just let go of the plane and suddenly you've changed elements. You start to drop but you don't feel anything—only a marvelous sense of control. It's like being immersed in light water. Then you bring your right arm up and you make a turn, just as simple as that. It's an incredible sensation."

Thus runs the evangelical message of Jacques André Istel, 28, a black-browed ex-Wall Streeter and dedicated prophet of parachuting in the U.S. His gospel: jumping, without emergency, out of an airplane can be a safe, exhilarating sport, not a devil-daring performance...

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