Parachuting into history – Burleson Star

A Burleson man has jumped at the chance to relive history.

Shawn Ross, 38, is a member of the Liberty Jump Team that will parachute over the beaches at Normandy, France, on June 5 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

Although D-Day is June 6, the French government is restricting commemorative demonstrations to the day before.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Liberty Jump Team is a 70-member professional airborne demonstration team formed in 2006 to honor World War II airborne soldiers and veterans of all conflicts by performing military static line parachute operations.

Ross, who for 10 years has served as a mechanic specializing on the Lockheed C-130 Hercules four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, is a four-year member of the Liberty team that performs at air shows throughout the United States.

Ross has resided in Burleson since 2013. Also a skydiver, he is associated part-time with Skydive 35 that provides tandem jumps. He has more than 1,300 jumps to his credit, and spent most of March practicing static-line jumps to be current with all requirements in preparation for Normandy.

“Skydiving involves free falling, while static-line jumping is done with a round parachute,” Ross said. “With static-line jumps, your hand never touches the chute. The rip cord is pulled for you by the static line.”

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