Garry Peters

Twin Beech jump plane (The Silver Coffin) performs a wheels-up landing

Twin Beech jump plane (The Silver Coffin) performs a wheels-up landing

Twin Beech jump plane (The Silver Coffin) performs a wheels-up landing

Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum

By Tommy Albert (CJ 64)

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Gary Cote and Harold Hartman (CJ 65) securing the shock tower that was originally used for parachute training

Who would have ever thought a bunch of rag-tag jumpers could pull this off? But after 10 years of blood, sweat, and laughs, the base has never looked as good. It is now restored to its early 1950’s appearance with all the buildings shingled. The interiors have been refurbished and work continues on the displays.

This will be a never ending project but we have come a long, long way. Though we have a limited budget without the means to formally advertise, word of mouth and the signs posted on Highway 199 keep our visitor numbers increasing each year.

Troop Emonds and Garry Peters Repairing Doors, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Troop Emonds and Garry Peters Repairing Doors, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Troop Emonds and Garry Peters Repairing Doors, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Garry Peters, and Don Bisson Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Garry Peters, and Don Bisson Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Garry Peters, and Don Bisson Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Garry Peters, Chuck Sheley, and Don Bisson Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Garry Peters, Chuck Sheley, and Don Bisson Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Tommy Albert, Garry Peters, Chuck Sheley, and Don Bisson Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Garry Peters and Troop Emonds Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Garry Peters and Troop Emonds Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Garry Peters and Troop Emonds Repairing Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 25, 2009

Garry Peters Restoring Window Frames, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 24, 2009

Garry Peters Restoring Window Frames, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 24, 2009

Garry Peters Restoring Window Frames, Parachute Loft Restoration, June 24, 2009

Jim Fritz, Garry Peters, and Gary Buck Restoring Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, 2009.

Jim Fritz, Garry Peters, and Gary Buck Restoring Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, 2009.

Jim Fritz, Garry Peters, and Gary Buck Restoring Windows, Parachute Loft Restoration, 2009.
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Mick Swift climbs a giant ponderosa pine tree to retrieve his parachute

Mick Swift climbs a giant ponderosa pine tree to retrieve his parachute


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Smokejumper uses propeller to crank-start Fairchild jump plane before jump

Smokejumper uses propeller to crank-start Fairchild jump plane before jump