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 ... See full summary »
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 Ted McKeever (75 episodes, 1961-1963)
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 Jim Buckley / ... (75 episodes, 1961-1963)
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 Charlie Kern (31 episodes, 1961-1963)
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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 Wayne Coleman <waynecoleman@swbell.net>

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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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Ted McKeever: (Alternate narration heard at the beginning of some episodes) This is the most danger packed show on television. Every jump, every aerial maneuver is real. Photographed just as it happened, without tricks or illusion. All that stands between the jumper and death is his ripcord.
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Absurdly cool
15 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a pilot (9000+ hours) and former skydiver (216 jumps) I can tell you that this show is cool yet absurd. The actors are fine, the writing was often good, but sometimes the story lines simply departed reality. I guess the writers were just trying to come up with something exciting. To me, the best parts are the stunt work. You have to remember that to get the great aerial footage, they had to do it for real with a cameraman falling alongside. I think the cameraman were the best skydiver of them all.

when I did my first skydive from a Cessna 182 (in the 1980's) I was amazed that I flashed back to the show. The sound of that engine was exactly the same as in the show.

I wish I could find it on DVD. Get some popcorn, suspend reality and enjoy an often absurd, but always cools show!

PS: I think Larry Pannell was a better actor than Hollywood ever let him be.


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