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(ended 1963)



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The youthful heroes of this series literally jumped into a new adventure every week. Ted and Jim ran Ripcord Inc., which taught skydiving and also hired out for rescues, recovery work, and other situations where parachutists were needed. Often they landed right in the middle of a crime in progress, and solved that too-- who would expect the good guys to come floating down out of the sky? Chuck was their original pilot, replaced midway through the first season by Charlie Kern. The series featured a lot of spectacular skydiving scenes, including one involving a fistfight in midair (shot by a cameraman in free-fall with the stuntmen.) At one point, two planes accidentally crashed while filming scenes for the program. With a little script adjustment, the footage of the crash was later used in the series.
Larry Pennell

Larry Pennell

Ted McKeever

Ken Curtis

Ken Curtis

Jim Buckley

Paul Comi

Paul Comi

Chuck Lambert (1961-62)

Shug Fisher

Shug Fisher

Charlie Kern (1962-1963)

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  • "Ripcord" taught the importance of parachuting/skydiving safety to everyone

    Learning safety in parachuting/skydiving with the audacious and brave "Ripcord" men, the colorful and youthful Ted McKeever (the late Larry Pennell) and his older mentor and partner Jim Buckley (the also late Ken Curtis), is something vital and important to any real life parachutist/skydiver.
  • A favorite show in my grade school years

    I remember watching this show. I think it in first run, once a week. At about the same time, the Whirlybirds series was on weekday afternoons in reruns just after its end. BTW, were there any producers or writers that the two shows had in common? I don't remember much of anything about the plots of the Ripcord episodes but from the summary above they do sound very similar to the Whirlybirds.

    I did recognize Larry Pernell from this show when he come on Beverly Hillbillies in the recurring role of Dash Riprock.moreless
  • Nifty skydiving adventure series with the heros jumping into all kinds of scenarios. Regular use of mid air filming should be considered extravegant for the era that this show was produced.moreless

    Definately a cool show for the small aircraft buff. I can remember watching this syndicated show as a a six year old boy. I was particularly fascinated with the Cessna airplanes used on the show. Could be considered a bit of a copy cat of \"Route 66\" but I could care less.

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