Operating their skydiving service company "Ripcord", Jim Buckley and Ted McKeever are able to get to places that others can't and get there much faster. This leads them on many exciting ...
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Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (5 card draw) is ... See full summary »
Operating their skydiving service company "Ripcord", Jim Buckley and Ted McKeever are able to get to places that others can't and get there much faster. This leads them on many exciting adventures from chasing bad guys to performing daring rescues. This series inspired the first widespread interest in parachuting as a sport. Written by
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The two planes collided over Somis California in about the end of 1961 while filming a transfer scene. They were flying in formation as a character was supposed to go from one plane to another when they contacted. One plane landed, one crashed. The pilot of the plane that was spinning out of control, Cliff Winters, had two parachutes in the back seat. One was real, one was fake. He just had time to grab only the one before bailing out, fortunately it was the genuine article. Unfortunately Cliff was killed at an air show in Orange County a short while later. See more »
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This is skydiving, controlled flight without wings - even for experts, the most dangerous game going. This jump, like every jump you will see on this series, is made by a highly trained man who is playing the game for the highest stakes there are - his own life. He has one, and only one, safety device at his command... his parachute and its ripcord.
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I was one the many, many young people who watched Rip Cord and was inspired by the story line, and more importantly, the sky diving. The sky diving scenes were wonderfully done, and made the sport look very exciting. At 21, I decided to try it out....especially terrifying given that I had a fear of heights, but I also wanted to prove to myself that I could do it! So, I did. And, to this day (42 years later) I can still remember the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of jumping out of an airplane. I also became involved in flying, and met two of my very best friends at "the field." I look back on that period of my life with great fondness, and have Rip Cord to thank for those memories.
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