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Operation Packrat—Take 2…Join Us & Be a part of skydiving’s history!

The Museum’s Curations Committee has scheduled its second OPERATION PACKRAT for April 4—7, 2023 at Sun Path Products, in Raeford, North Carolina. Operation Packrat is the identifying, tagging, and storage of hundred of parachute equipment, documents, film media and instruments donated and acquired by the museum over the last 40+ years.  The first Operation Packrat, under the auspices of the Curations Committee and more 30+ volunteers, resulted in the processing, handling and identification of over 1,500 individual items.  And, we need to do it again!  

We are seeking qualified volunteers to travel to Raeford NC and participate in this historic event. We are looking for individuals who are willing to travel to Raeford AT THEIR EXPENSE and join the teams of “Old School” jumpers, riggers, pilots, DZOs and others who share a passion for the preservation of the history of our sport.

We are recruiting specialists such as “Old School” riggers and photographers in each of these areas to help identify, document, and log the information into our special museum data base program. These groups will have team leaders and members to open the boxes, in many cases for the first time in years and to identify what we have, grade it as to its suitability for use in the museum, and repackage it into standard boxes, and label with bar code ID for storage and future use. Besides the “specialists” we will have a need for many people who can help do the “grunt work”. In return for your volunteering to come and join this endeavor, you will receive a morning coffee break, lunch and dinner, a closing banquet AND a most unique and limited edition T-shirt and sweatshirt commemorating your participation and contribution to what is guaranteed to be a once (or twice if you participated in the first Packrat) in a lifetime project.

For those who are interested in participating in Operation Packrat, click here to fill out the Packrat interest form no later than February 1, 2023. We will confirm to those who are accepted and share additional information. (You can see a video of the first Operation Packrat by clicking on "Videos" on the home page and scrolling to the bottom - a short and long version is available.)