Last week, University Archives was excited to receive the records of the UNC Sport Parachute Club, a student organization founded in 1969.
The team represented the University in inter-collegiate competitions including the 1971-1972 National Collegiate Parachuting Championships (flyer above). Notice the spot below the falling parachutist—in competitions, participants were judged upon the accuracy of their landing in relation to a 10-centimeter disc.
Club member and records donor F. J. Hale recalls:
All of us saw similar rewards in parachuting; its beauty and exhilaration, and the unsurpassed freedom of being flung through the sky, and sailing gradually to earth under a huge nylon cloud.
Photos from the Records of the UNC Parachute Club (#40390), University Archives.
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