William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD


He flew through the air with the greatest of ease
there was snow on the ground and a cold winter breeze
He was at 8,000 feet when he went out the door
the temperature it was cold and visibility was poor

He saw Drop Zone Buxton, through the clouds far below
the ground it was covered with a skiff of new snow
free fall familiarization course training for the SSU CO
deploying the chute made the wafting seem slow

Major Bob Elliott is a real AIRBORNE guy
In his picture it appears that he knows how to fly
and now he is retired with his dog and his horse
as he thinks back quite fondly on the free-fall fam course

©Copyright May 2, 2005 by William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

Author’s Note: It has been a couple of years since I was back at the front desk of the cop shop to pick up a few pieces of mail including two copies of not so recent maroon beret magazines. Opening the first one was a picture of Major Bob Elliott CO 1AB SSU Canadian Airborne Regt on free-fall familiarisation course, jumping from 8000 feet on DZ Buxton circa 29 March 1977

Major Bob Elliott, CO 1 AB SSU, Canadian Airborne Regiment
Major Bob Elliott, CO 1 AB SSU, Canadian Airborne Regiment
on free-fall familiarization Course jump from 8000 feet at Drop Zone Buxton: 29 March 1977