Why British Paras are BEST: Look how LOW they Jump!

Posted on 08. Nov, 2016 by in Static Line Parachute Jumps

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If you have not military static-line parachute jumped, you will probably not see the significance of this video of British Parachute Regiment Paras jumping UNDER 500 FEET in war practice. THE ENTIRE FORCE IS ON THE GROUND IN UNDER 30 SECONDS.

Re-read that if you didn’t get it the first time.


The entire C-130 planeload of Paras has each one exiting and landing on the ground in under 30 seconds. There is little if any dispersion due to wind; the only separation is what is created at the time of exit. 4-6 seconds of freefall out the side jump door followed by the pack tray opening and the canopy deploying shows 150 feet of altitude loss; leaving just 350 feet at 15 feet-per-second leaves only 23 seconds to lower rucksack and prepare-to-land!

Here’s some stills from the video proving this extreme low altitude mass tactical parachute jump:




British Irvin 5200 UFO-shaped parachutes can be jumped as low as 250 feet!


British Paras war practice @ 500 feet as shown in this video which is (wanker) F-ing amazing! American parachutes cannot be safely jumped this low:


When you jump this low you don’t have the luxury of a bad exit so the British Paras have their door exit technique more precise than our any-foot-you-like, face 90 degrees to the door crap;

see other Brit Para jump video:

Also notice RAF C-130s have in-flight refuel capabilities for long-range missions while most “vanilla” American C-130H/Js can only fly on the fuel they carry at take-off.

My constructive criticism is the parachutes should be a LIGHT GRAY color to blend in with daylight skies


because DAY JUMPS are needed and are going to happen in 24-hour, around-the-clock war, and the Paras should drop/jump folding mountain bikes


and light tracked tanks/APCs out the rear ramp to provide light mech mobility and firepower on the ground.


Amphibious + Airborne = Royal Marines?


An amphibious force needs the ability to parachute in not just Recce units–but blocking forces company-sized and larger by high-speed fixed-wing aircraft. The act of airlanding ANY aircraft is very un-tactically sound; if air defenses get too sophisticated then NO COVERING FORCE LANDS and if that happens, it’d be fatal to land from the sea because there’d be no WW2-style Airborne screen to stop enemy forces from converging on the amphibious forces from hide positions that were used to evade prep fires by naval guns, air strikes etc. Gallipoli/Dieppe all over again etc.

The New British CVF carriers need E-2C Hawkeye AEW fixed-wing STOBAR aircraft; C-2 Greyhound cargo variants should be used to drop embarked 1st Para Regiment and/or RM Para Forces.


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