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Can anyone explain the origin of the practice of yelling "Geronimo" when parachuting from a plane?

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closed as general reference by simchona, Lynn, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, Mitch, Daniel Jun 25 '12 at 20:34

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Have you tried to look this up yourself? –  simchona Jun 25 '12 at 18:10
The always-reliable ;) Wikipedia has this. –  MT_Head Jun 25 '12 at 18:12
See the FAQ under "Why are some questions closed?" - general reference. –  MT_Head Jun 25 '12 at 18:18
The question made me curious to know the answer, but sadly it's off-topic, and general reference to boot. –  Lynn Jun 25 '12 at 18:22
Feel free to close the question; I'd close it myself but apparently I don't have sufficient rep. –  Onorio Catenacci Jun 25 '12 at 18:34

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This wikipedia article says:

Thanks to a 1939 movie about Geronimo, US paratroopers traditionally shout "Geronimo" to show they have no fear of jumping out of an airplane.

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