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Discovering a dangerous school

Shunpiking in Arizona, I came across a school run by the Army.  It's where special operators learn how to fly their bodies and conduct freefall insertions behind enemy lines.  How?  They throw candidates out of planes and teach them how to fly as they fall at 120 mph.  Some call Military Freefall School one of the more dangerous schools in the world.



The adventure chronicle

Off the beaten path...

into the heart of things.


I tell American stories that sing the unsung, with a focus on the inspirational characters that might get left behind or forgotten by the mainstream.


In order to find them, I practice the lost art of Shunpiking — knowing when to “shun” the turnpike and get onto the back roads where the good stories are tucked away.  The ones that remind us of our best selves.


America is a patchwork quilt, and stories are its stitching.  In a divided age, we need unifying stories more than ever.

Alfred A. Knopf


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