This is my first jump at swansea in over a month as they have been having problems with the plane, and, they have borrowed a plane, its smaller than the usual one, will hold 9 people, and is called a Finist. I get myself manifested, and the plane consists of one large group, and myself jumping solo. This small plane has struts under the wings, right outside the door, and ive seen pictures of people hanging off these.
I see the pilot by the plane, and, hes putting on a rig. Ive never seen this happen before, and have wondered a few times about what the pilot would actually do if there was an ‘incident’ this pilot already has it planned. I start talking to him, and explain that ill be jumping solo, and last, and would i be allowed to try and hang off the wing strut. He says sure, i can even try and climb all the way along it if i like, so, on the way to altitude, im thinking about how hard its going to be to hold on.
We get to 12,500 feet, the red light comes on and the door is opened, the green light soon follows and everyone except me is gone within 5 seconds. I get one foot out onto the step, hold onto the strut, and step away from the door, im blown backwards but holding on, the pilot is looking at me through the side window, i hold on for about 5 seconds, before letting go and floating on my back watching the plane. After a few seconds, the plane banks hard left, and goes into a nose dive, ive never seen this happen before either whilst ive been in freefall (ive seen it from the ground) and it looks awesome. the plane actually passes me, so i flip onto my front watch watch it go for a few more seconds. I then turn and track, before putting one arm out in front of me (a la superman lol) and slightly put one hand out to also do a few barrel rolls, laughing like a maniac to myself
I deployed my canopy at 4000 feet, and made my way to the landing area, where i landed bang on target 🙂