Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

The best parachute team of Central Asia entirely consists of military men of the Kazakh army, which makes sense because such teams, as a rule, show good performance. Maybe it’s military discipline or enthusiasm that is inherent in soldiers, which help them win medals at contests… but the fact still remains.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

They jump three times a week, depending on the amount of fuel assigned for the helicopter.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

As a hobby, parachute jumping is rather expensive, that is why there are few potential sportsmen among amateurs. So they created a sport team of parachute jumpers, who receive a good salary, a military rank and an opportunity to travel abroad and participate in international contests.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

Mi-171 is taking off.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

Sportsmen feel bad during the takeoff. For some reason, this is the most difficult part for them.

So far, the team’s been showing good results: 12 gold, 17 silver and 6 bronze medals. Its next aim is to win the 3rd World Championship in Dubai.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

This sportsman is tense, because late fall is not the best time for jumping: low temperatures, poor visibility… Parachute jumping is a very dangerous sport and sportsmen risk their life every time they jump.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

A moment later, he makes a calm step and in a split second disappears from the field of vision.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

Free fall. 1600 meters above the ground.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

The first exercise involves touchdown accuracy. The jumper has to find the right spot on the ground and by manoeuvring, land on it.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

Seconds before the touchdown. The jumper has to touch the round spot with one of his feet.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

Mi-26 is the largest transport helicopter in the world.

The Center of Parachute Jumping is located in Almaty. Here they use military helicopters Mi-171 and N-2. By the way, pilots who have to increase the number of their flying hours, train simultaneously with jumpers playing a role of special mission units which need to be transported at the destination.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

The commander of the air base in Mi-26.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

A couple of Mi-24V

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

‘Crocodiles’ fly to a certain firing ground.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

Nevertheless, they keep on jumping. The commander is instructing the team on peculiarities of the jump.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

This time they’re going to exercise cupola acrobatics, which means that sportsmen will have to arrange geometrical figures in the air.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

The cameraman’s going to jump together with the team and make a video with this camera fixed to his head.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

Before falling down, Master ot Sport and Champion of Asia Bibigul Ramazanova manages to salute!

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

They say that they have to jump all the time so that they don’t loose shape.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

Team jumping!

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

This sportsman’s managed to shut the door from the outside before jumping!

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

While they’re landing, their speed reaches 80 kilometers per hour.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

At international contests they compete in classic parachute jumping, group parachute jumping and cupola parachute jumping.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

By the way, each sports parachute costs approximately 10 thousand dollars. It must be utilized after the number of jumps permitted has expired.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

They feel elated after the touchdown due to the adrenaline they’ve received.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

Another jump to master their touchdown accuracy.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

They must keep their backs to the sun so that they could see the objects down clearly.

Kazakh Parachute Jumpers

The cameraman’s checking the video he’s made.

It’s not just a video to remember the jump by. This video is going to be watched by referees who will later return their verdict on the winner, because no optical instrument allows them to see everything, what’s going on in the air, from the ground.

Location: Almaty

via voxpopuli.kz

6 thoughts on “Kazakh Parachute Jumpers”

  1. An acquaintance of mine jumped once. He said it was the most exiting thing he ever did and that it has changed his whole outlook on life. But I don’t know why.

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  2. They are wearing reserves. It is on their backs. Modern parachutes don’t cost 10k$, but less.

    But they are going way too dangerously. Light helmets, strong turns near land. If you have jumped with a 16y old girl who got crippled for life, you might start to think. You are not heroes but adrenaline junkies. And one of you will get seriously hurt, I am sorry.
    Climbing around outside of plane is easy.
    I wonder how high they went. Helicopters don’t like 4km.

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  3. Sure they are good, with army paying their jumps and all – let’s see them doing the same thing, AND paying for their jumps, and forget the salary also. Suddenly it’s a whole new ball game.

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