General Jim Hall was a life saver. Literally.

June 4th, 2014 by Maryjo Faith Morgan

To this day, thirty-three years later, Jim Hall’s zero-zero ejection test remains the only 0-0 test that was executed with a human subject in the United States by an American Company.

Click HERE to see the videos and read more about General Jim Hall’s VOLUNTEER efforts on behalf of ejection seat safety!

Many thanks to the fine folks at Convair F-106 Delta Dart for preserving and posting this information:

Project 90, A study in 0-0 Ejection 

Zero-Zero – just about the lowest point in the Ejection Envelope. Sitting on the ground, with the aircraft immobile.An emergency arises and you don’t have time to hop out of the cockpit and run. What can you do? How do you know the seat will work? Will it launch you high enough for the parachute to open? Will you be injured by the force of the launch?

These questions led to a unique test. In the mid-1960s a firm that had made its name providing ejection seats and egress technology to both the military and to NASA decided that instrumented dummies did not provide all the information needed. They felt that certain questions of human physiology needed to be answered by a test of a live human. Weber Aircraft’s seats had saved over 500 lives by this time. They had been fitted to such varied craft as the F-106 and the Gemini Space capsule. The F-106 seat included the latest technologies available to allow for a clean ejection, including a gun deployed parachute, rocket motor, and self deploying survival equipment.

In late 1965, Jim Hall a professional parachute safety instructor and Major in the Air Force Reserve volunteered to act as the human guinea pig for the 0-0 seat package. He was instructed in all facets of the seat operation. He viewed films of the 43 sequential successful tests of the F-106 0-0 system. He also was measured for center of gravity in order to align the rocket exhaust with the center of mass of the man-seat package. In the tradition of the day, he visited the assembly line and selected the particular seat he would later ride. The engineers checked and verified all functions of the particular seat. They selected a lake not far from the factory for the test. A set of seat rails were attached to a test stand. The date and time were selected. And then it was time.

Jim Hall, accompanied by a platoon of engineers, arrived at the site and was shown the seat. Now it was mounted on the rails, wired and ready to fire. Every mechanical function had been checked and double checked. Major Hall was attired in an orange flight suit. Its arms were cut away at the shoulder to reveal a small area of skin that had been marked by pigment. He was strapped into his chute and assisted into the seat. All the straps were connected and tightened. The engineering cameras were armed to record every aspect of the test, even the slump of Jim’s shoulder markings under launch acceleration. Then the engineers withdrew to a safe distance. The rescue launches on the lake were signaled, and the countdown began… Major Hall gripped the handles built into the sides of the seat bucket and pulled them up to the firing position… and nothing happened… for one long second. The delay cartridge allowed the high speed cameras to get to speed and then the hot gas was unleashed into the catapult initiator. The Major rose up the rails with anonset rate of 150 g’s/second with a maximum of about 14g’s. The rocket ignited as the seat cleared the rail providing the huge jet of flame in the above picture. One second and almost 400 feet later, seat separation occurred. The parachute gun fired, and two seconds later the parachute was fully inflated. The survival kit automatically released and dropped to the end of its lanyard. The rubber raft, suspended from the same lanyard, immediately inflated.

Approximately 26 seconds after Major Hall pulled the handles he landed in the lake.A journey of only a few dozen yards had taken him to an altitude of about 400 feet andinto the history books (albeit only a few obscure ones…).

To this day, thirty-three years later, Jim Hall’s zero-zero ejection test remains the only 0-0 test that was executedwith a human subject in the United States by an American Company. (The first known live 0-0 test was executed in 1961 by Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Inc.. Doddy Hay, a M-B employee, was the ‘Man in the Hot Seat’ for that first test. There have been several other live tests, most of which have been at altitude, or with some airspeed.)  Info provided by Gordon Cress, Project 90 Test Engineer via the Ejection Seat Website by Kevin Coyne.”

In honor of General Jim Hall

June 4th, 2014 by Maryjo Faith Morgan

For those who don’t know, we regret to report that General Jim Hall passed away on Sunday evening, June 1, 2014.
The funeral arrangements are set out below.

 

Viewing

Thursday, June 5, 5:30-8:00 pm

Horan & McConaty – Heartlight Center

11150 E. Dartmouth Avenue (at S. Parker Road)
Aurora, CO 80014

 

Funeral Mass & Reception

Friday, June 6, 11:00 am

Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish

18000 E. Arapahoe Road

Foxfield, CO  80016

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Hall Family Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 461377, Aurora, CO 80046.

Parachuting's 216th Birthday!

October 23rd, 2013 by Georgann Hall
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General Jim Hall and his parachute – a bit
more advanced than Andre-Jacques Garnerin’s!

Yesterday a Google Doodle commemorated the first parachute jump 216 years ago by Andre-Jacques Garnerin.

This is a great opportunity to give a nod to pioneers in parachuting and also to expand the general public’s knowledge of this historic event in 1797.

As you probably know, Google Doodles are created to celebrate some important event or for the celebration of an achievement. The doodles which are often interactive add an element of fun and thrill to the otherwise colorfully static Google logo.

In an article in the India Times technology column, Andre-Jacques Garnerin is given credit for inventing the frameless parachute. He deployed his umbrella-shaped prototype, which was 7 meters across, at Parc Monceau, in Paris, France on October 22, 1797. Read more about it HERE; hope you enjoy the interesting details in this write-up. Don’t let the visuals of a parachute with an attached basket fool you! This is all about parachuting.

If you happened to miss the Google Doodle yesterday, you can see it in full motion, color and sound HERE on YouTube.

March 19th, 2013 by Maryjo Faith Morgan
A Tribute to General Jim Hall, USAF (Ret.) with Special Guest, Congressman Mike Coffman and many others….. during the Irish Season
 
WHAT: Join us in a tribute to General Jim Hall, USAF (Ret.) featuring special guests, U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman, former Governor Bill Owens, Steve Schuck, and many others.  Includes a special performance byIreland’s Finest Tenor Anthony Kearns, renowned tenor & founding member of The Irish Tenors, currently on a March 2013 tour across the United States.  Mr. Kearns to be accompanied by famed Irish accompanist, Patrick Healy. Learn more about Mr. Kearns at AnthonyKearnsMusic.com.
 
WHEN: Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm.   The evening will include Irish signature cocktails (cash bar) and delicious Irish-inspired hors d’oeuvres.
 
The program and performance will begin at 5:45 pm
 
WHERE: Glenmoor Country Club, 110 Glenmoor Dr., Cherry Hills Village, CO Tel: 303.781.3000
 
RSVP to: RSVPMarch24Tribute@gmail.com or (720) 675-7056.
(Please respond with name(s) of guests, contact info, and ticket level). 
 
ATTIRE:  Attire: Business Casual / Business / Military Dress
 
TICKET LEVELS: 
Option #1 = $35 per person   Includes hors d’oeuvres and program
Option #2 = $50 per person   Includes hors d’oeuvres, program, and signed copy of Gen. Hall’s book, “Parachuting for Gold in Old Mexico.”
 
PAYMENT: Reservations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  (Checks to be received in advance, no ticket sales at door.) Please make checks payable to “Glenmoor Country Club” and mail with completed form NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 15 to: Andi Allott, 2945 S. Moline Place, Aurora, CO 80014-3033.
 
Click HERE to see Invitation.

Jim's Next Adventure, Part II

February 8th, 2012 by Georgann Hall

When Colorado’s Indiana Jones was recovering from recent back surgery … his creative juices were flowing.  Surrounding himself with hundreds of photos, a tad of history, his California jump team surfaced. He’s deep into creating a timeline, loaded with remarkable stories and adventure–some of it outrageous–that will be compiled in a new book. Watch for details to come as it progresses …

Indiana Jones and His Latest Adventure

February 1st, 2012 by Georgann Hall

Many of Jim’s fans knows that he’s jumped thousands of times. One of the rewards is a back that gets pinned and sewn together — sometimes multiple times. His latest adventure was not jumping from his favorite plane to his favorite spot…but to the OR for long over-due M&R. With a new back, a lot of therapy, Jim is up and running–not necessarily looking for his next jump … but certainly for his next big adventure!

Parachuting Pioneers Excitement Growing

August 7th, 2011 by Georgann Hall

Excitement continues to grow for the Pioneers of Parachuting SkyDivers Reunion in Orange, Ms in Sept.  Only recently did I learn that Orange has a section called Jumptown.  That should be interesting!

Had lunch recently with Vern Williams and Bud Kiesow, pioneers from early Calif. days.  Lots of memories and laughs.  Bud still lives in Calif.; Vern lives in Colorado.  We went to SkyVenture Colorado and met up with Kim Emmons Knor, enjoyed watching jumpers practice in the tunnel!  Jim and Kim will see you in Jumptown!

Skydivers Reunion in Orange, Massachusetts

July 30th, 2011 by Georgann Hall

Pioneers of Sport Parachuting Reunion
September 8, 9, 10, 11, 2011
Orange, Massachusetts
$50.00 Per Person

Register for this event HERE!

Living the Parachuting DreamGeneral Jim Hall is happy to see this gathering of pioneers in parachuting. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet some of the first jumpers in the nation.

See you there!

 

 

ACE THE WONDER DOG

July 30th, 2011 by Georgann Hall

Ace was a Wonder Dog late in her life.  She had been abused by the local kids as well as adults in fights.  She needed someone who would care for her in a tough kind of way. Jim Hall’s way.  Ace had been a victim of bullying though we didn’t call it that back then.

Season's Greetings from the Halls!

December 21st, 2010 by Jim Hall

Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad from the Halls!

We hope prosperity and health for you in the New Year.

We are excited about our new website, and hope you take advantage of these last few days before Christmas – it is a great time to buy a book for a gift.