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Kiwi Blue

The "Kiwi Blue" parachute team jump from the back of the C-130 Hercules and land on the runway, including a patriotic display of the New Zealand flag trailed by one of the parachuters!

The Parachute Training and Support Unit (PTSU) is the home of the Kiwi Blue display unit. It was formed in 1965. Its main role is to provide parachute training to various units of the New Zealand Defence Forces and provide personnel trained in airborne parachute missions.

They use two types of parachutes: the T-10B/D is used for statis line operations and is a conventional round design. Its used the primary conventional round parachute in use for static line operations. It is usually used in large numbers to drop a soldier with equipment up to 150 kg from below 1000 feet. The other parachute is the rectangular MTI-X which is used from high altitude and can be used to glide long distances.

Use the controller above to watch the Kiwi Blue parachute team jump from their Hercules (this requires Quicktime, and is a moderately large movie). I apologise for the poor quality of this movie but it was originally encoded in the "early days" of internet video!


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