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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.

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Have you tried to look this up yourself? –  simchona Jun 25 '12 at 18:10
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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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