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Paratrooper world record set at first day of Thunder Over Michigan Air Show
A GoPro strapped to a paratrooper helmet in place of a first aid kit is not military uniform standards. But for Peter Hugh of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team, capturing his 48th static jump at the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show was imperative. This particular jump also happened to be a world record for the number of paratroopers jumping out of World War II painted C-47 aircraft at a single event, where paratroopers from the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team jumped out of five C-47’s into a war reenactment. Jumpers on the team take a nine day course at a school in Frederick, Okla., and adhere to the same curriculum and training given to paratroopers in the military, according to Hugh. In addition to breaking world records, the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show also exhibited a wing walker act, a P-40 Warhawk that survived Pearl Harbor and a show from the illustrious Blue Angels. But for Hugh, there isn’t much that can top his paratrooper act. “I’m living something out of Band of Brothers,” he said. “It’s by far the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life.” The Thunder Over Michigan Air Show continues at Willow Run Airport throughout [...]