Saturday, May 7, 2011


It's amazing what you can find on Google. Every four to six months I google my great-grandfather's name, John Tranum, to see what the world wide web might have on him. For you new readers, my great-grandad was a famous Danish stuntman, daredevil and pioneer of parachuting and BASE jumping during the twenties and early thirties. He was the real deal— a man who fearlessly followed his dream with a devilish grin and a gleam in his eye.

I came upon this Danish site of historical press photos and found what are probably the last photos of my great-grandad alive before his 10,000 metre— yes, 10,000 metre, record-breaking jump. Sadly, he never made it out of plane. On March 7th in 1935, at around 8,500 metres, his oxygen apparatus failed.


Thomas said...

Simply amazing!

szaza said...

Yes, he was out of the books— a real adventurer. A first. A legend. A legend who should be remembered.

Joy said...

What a great keepsake for you and your family! Amazing!

Anja Dalby said...

I love your blog, and I love it even more when you write about your Danish heritage. Please let me know if there is anything that I can help you with, being a dane myself, maybe there is something I can do for you.
Thank you again for a wonderful blog.

szaza said...

Thank you so much, Anja!
I'm so happy you enjoy the blog— and if there is anything I can think of, I'll let you know!
Thanks again :)