GEORGE H.W. BUSH, Chairman of the Board, International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame - On February 10, 1997 former President of the United States George Herbert Walker Bush surprised the skydiving community when he announced that he wanted to make a jump. On March 25, 1997 he surprised the world when he did... Click Here to Read the Special Skydiving Salute.
Last month, 35 ambitious volunteers rolled up their sleeves and dug through the Museum’s entire collection. Labeled Operation Packrat, after five days, they had not only discovered some amazing pieces of history, they had also inventoried and bar-coded every one of over 1,500 artifacts!
Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2018! (from left) Daryl Henry (represented by friend Buzz Bennett), Henny Wiggers, Coy O. McDonald Jr., Ray Cottingham, Jay Stokes, Roger Ponce de Leon, Leslie Irvin (represented by Rob Sinclair and Elizabeth Johnson of Airborne Systems), Dom Jalbert (represented by his grandson Craig Oldre), Tony Uragallo, and Suzie Hunter-Joerns. (Photo by Andrey Veselov)
We expect this to be our biggest celebration yet with nearly 400 people from around the globe! If you have not yet registered, please register NOW….after October 18, the cost of the Hall of Fame Celebration Package will go from $175 to $185 – so don’t wait!
The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Curations Committee (CurComm) is seeking qualified volunteers to travel to Raeford, North Carolina, October 22 – 26, 2018, and participate in Operation Packrat. Operation Packrat is the long awaited commencement of the identification and inventory of the museum’s Archive collection. This collection has been accumulated over almost 30 years and is now consolidated at Sun Path Products Inc. located in Raeford, North Carolina in a purpose built storage area (generously donated by Sun Path) within their 90,000+ square ft facility. To date, the museum has almost 400 boxes of material, most with multiple items in them.
The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame is proud to honor the 1988 Seoul Olympic Skydiving Exhibition Team with the museum’s inaugural Path of Excellence Award. The presentation will be made at the 2018 Hall of Fame Celebration at Skydive City, Zephyrhills, Florida, on Friday afternoon, November 2, prior to the Welcome BBQ. There will also be a tribute jump honoring the awardee.
The United States Parachute Association (USPA) Board has selected museum trustee, Dr. Mike Horan, as one of three recipients for its Gold Medal for Meritorious Service, awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the skydiving community. Dr. Mike Horan, D-881, served on the USPA Board as Mideast Conference Director from 1979-1986 and was a key figure in organizing the USPA Nationals in 1979 and 1980.