Jamie Lynn likes taking one big leap with the Stars and Stripes to say thanks to veterans and everyone in the military for all their service and sacrifices.
The professional skydiver from Socastee has become an occasional sight across the area with his jumps, and even outside of Independence Day, he fits right in.
A mechanic and truck driver for Greenwall Construction Services Inc. of Socastee, Lynn always packs a 33-by-65-foot version of Old Glory and a 5-by-8-foot POW-MIA flag with a bagged, 37-pound weight underneath, so the big flag stays straight in the air, for each journey out of a plane about 5,500 feet down to the ground. He said the Federal Aviation Administration also clears the air, according him a 2-mile radius.
For about 10 years, he also flew with the U.S. Army’s Green Beret Parachute Club skydivers from North Carolina, welcomed as an honorary civilian guest “right before 9/11,” and he said, that crew “took me all over the country,” to the point of often being “somewhere every weekend jumping.”
Lynn, in his 42nd year of marriage and a father of three grown children, reiterated that his skydiving is “not about me,” but recognition of service personnel “past, present and future.”
I’ve jumped in to S.C. State University, Clemson, N.C. State, Duke, Coastal Carolina, the Pelicans’ stadium ... and different venues.
I’m flying in a rectangular canopy, which is steerable, so I can fly upwind, downwind or crosswind. ... If you have a wind blowing at you, you can go up to 25 mph – that’s as fast as the parachute will fly. You can’t let yourself get too far downwind, because then you can’t go upwind.
I’ve never made a jump where I hadn’t asked God for guidance and support, to make each jump safe, the people in the plane safe, and the people down below safe. He gave me this talent, and this is what I use it for.
Usually what I’ll do is at 2,500 feet, I’ll signal the ground by doing a complete 360, then my wife, Sandy, can cue the music, or whoever’s helping on the ground, will be ready for the singing of the national anthem or the music to start, so that by the time the song is finishing, I’m landing.