A PARACHUTE SCHOOL

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A PARACHUTE SCHOOL.

APARACHUTE school has been opened at Reading Aerodrome, and a number of pupils from the Phillips & Powis School of Flying, as well as members of the club, have joined, and are undergoing instruction. The equipment used is the Russell ” Lobe ” ‘chute and so far five pupils have made practice jumps. Recently a 15-year-old girl made a successful drop with a static line from a Klemm. As she jumped a cinematograph cameraman descended with a ‘chute from a Spartan and endeavoured to

make a film of the incident. The two carried on a conversation as they floated down.

It is interesting to note that more new members of the Caterpillar Club from the R.A.F. were registered in 1931 than in any previous year—the total being 26. The new members are as follow :Sgt. Pilot H. V. Hudson, L.AC. H. C. Molyneau.x, Sgt. Pilot H. B. Rous, L.AC. A. Cameron, E. E. Smith (A.A.F.), F/0 C. M. Chambers, Sgt. Pilot P. C. Ginn, Flt. Lt. E. S. Borthwick-Clarke,

P/0 W. H. Kyle, F/0 K. L. M. Davy, Sgt. Pilot A. S. Blake, F/0 R. G. Weighill, P/O B. D. Green, AC. I. D. O’Brien, Sgt. Pilot D. J. Pitcher, L.AC. W. R. Fraser, Flt. Lt. A. G. Pickering, Sgt. Pilot C. G. R, Lewis, L.AC. E. Groombridge, Flt. Cadet J. Bradley, F/0 G. 0. St. J. Morris, P/O C. L. Tapley, Flt. Lt. H. SetonBroughall, Lt. P. L. Jamison, R.N., L.AC. R. W. Older and F/O L. R.. Mouatt. Two officials of the R.A.E. also qualified— Mr. E. R. Alexander at South Farnborough and Mr. A. Woodward Nutt, at Felixstowe.