An experienced sky diver, can make quite an untidy
exit from the plane, as long as he is in the correct body position
when the parachute opens. In a balloon emergency, don't worry about
such details. The moment you are clear, pull the ripcord.
ever "count to 10" -
you will have dropped 1000ft.
After about 10 seconds a jumper has reached a terminal velocity of
about 120 miles per hour, and has fallen 1,000 feet.
From then on it takes about five seconds for each one thousand feet.
Unlike today, landings were usually
hard, so solid boots with ankle support were needed. A crash helmet was
essential as well.