National Geographic : 1954 Mar
© National Geographic Society 326 Kodachrome by Howell Walker, National Geographic Staff A Paratroop Trainee at Fort Benning Practices Free Drop from a 250-foot Tower Practice on towers before leaping from planes reduces hazards of the parachute-jumping course at the Nation's largest infantry school. Students-all volunteers-usually make five drops, learning to roll properly on landing. When this soldier is hoisted to the top, a trigger automatically drops him. "Butterflies" may tickle his stomach on the rise, but his 12-second free drop to plowed ground will lack the sickening sensation of a plunge from a plane.