CHARLEMONT — Lewis Sanborn, who holds a world’s doc for accuracy in Every day and Evening time landings, was The one Definitely one of many three parachutists Astray Inside the opening day ceremonies at Thunder Mountain ski space right here Saturday. He landed in a tree.
Sensible sunshine and a nonetheless day provided shut to-good climate for the leap. The solely drawback was The acute chilly. It was shut to zero on The underside and it was anyone’s guess as to whOn the temperature was On the 7,200-foot altitude at which the three males bailed out of the plane.
It was a free-fall leap. The lads opened their chutes at 2,200 ft above The underside. Smoke bombs marked their descent.
Nathan Pond and Robert Spatola landed properly Contained in the purple X On The very Greater of The primary slope, Positioned on their ready skis and descended to the ready crowd and officers of The world who have been ready On the backside of the slope. About 400 attended.
Pond and Spatola had first checked to see if their companion was injupurple. Sanborn had drifted half method down the mountain, and his chute had caught on the limb of a slender tree which bent enough To permit him To Obtain The underside. Nothing however his satisfaction was harm, and his cease watch altimeter frozen. “Similar to baseball, hero Finally and bum The subsequent,” he said with disgust as he extricated himself and his chute.
The gang was dealt with to an unscheduled current of capability and power when head patrolman George Wesson picked up the 20-foot picket extension ladder, which had been used To assist Sanborn, and skied down the steep slope with it.
Sanborn walked down. He said he was chilly enough already with out taking off his leaping boots and placing on his ski boots which had been sitting Collectively with his skis ready for him On The very Greater of the slope. Pond and Spatola had worn their ski boots wright hereas leaping.
Sanborn wasn’t The one one with troubles. The mannequin new chair enhance On The world, which That they had run most of Friday Evening time in preparation for The huge opening day, refused to run correctly Saturday.
Partial refunds Acquired to People who had purchased chair enhance tickets and Needed To make the most of the T-bar Instead. Arthur S. Parker Jr., president, treasurer and director of The world, and Howard V.C. Davis, director of public relations, have been apologizing for the inconvenience over The general public tackle system.
This Story in Historic previous Is chosen from the archives by Jeannie Maschino, The Berkshire Eagle.