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Col. Raymond Steeley, commander of ADT, poses in front of the team’s WWII C-47.


Students must be at least 18 years old. Recruits come from as far away as Australia.


In 2008, Bennett became the fi rst female to complete the course. Four other women are also jumpers, while another 20 contribute their skills in support. While jumping out of “perfectly good airplanes in fl ight” is inher- ently dangerous, the ADT has a re- markable safety record.


It has


experienced only one fatality dur- ing an 18-year history that includes thousands of jumps. In July 2014, Jim Yost, 69, apparently died of car- diac arrest during a demonstration jump. He was an experienced para- chutist and a veteran of the 82nd


Airborne and the Vietnam War. A major attraction of ADT for veterans as well as non-veterans is the camaraderie that military-type organizations provide. During a re- cent team formation in the dusty hangar, as related by Col. Steeley, one of the ADTs looked around at the vintage airplanes and vehicles, fl ags, and other displays from an era long gone. “This,” he mused, “is Peter Pan’s


Never Never Land. We are the ‘Lost Boys’ who never have to grow up, and this is our Tree House.” For further information, contact


ADT at its website: http://www. wwiiadt.org.


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