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hit the silk

To jump out of an aircraft. The phrase refers to a skydiver's parachute. A lot of people think skydiving is nerve-wracking, but when I hit the silk, I'm completely calm.
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HEROISM Members at unique club's final meeting CLOSE SHAVE John, above in war, was a POW HITTING THE SILK Airman bails out of plane
Japanese musician Kitaro, a keyboard player and composer who won a Grammy Award last year, is hitting the Silk Road all the way to Rome on a three-year musical odyssey.