|Presented by||Larry Pennell|
|Narrated by||Larry Pennell|
|Theme music composer||Judith Pines|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||76|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||June 3, 1961 –|
September 1, 1963
The premise was a variety of adventures surrounding the then-new, thrilling sport of skydiving. The two men and their private Cessna airplane were placed in unusual situations where their special skills and abilities were needed. This led them on exciting weekly adventures from chasing dangerous criminals to performing difficult and daring, if occasionally absurd, rescues.
- Larry Pennell as Theodore "Ted" McKeever (skydiver) audacious, intrepid, clever, headstrong, brave.
- Ken Curtis as James "Jim" Buckley (skydiver) older, level-headed mentor to Ted McKeever.
- Paul Comi as Chuck Lambert (airplane pilot) - this character was phased out midway through first season, replaced by...
- Shug Fisher as Charlie Kern (airplane pilot) - replaced the Chuck Lambert character played by Paul Comi midway through first season.
Fisher and Curtis were bandmates in the musical group Sons of the Pioneers.
The stuntmen performing the actual skydiving were Bob Fleming, an airline pilot, and Joe Mangione, both from Brooklyn, New York. Fleming also doubled as the pilot at the controls when not involved in the scene.
Cameramen included Tom Ryan, whose previous experience included early parachute development, testing, and design. Ryan was a pioneer in capturing closeup film footage of free-falling skydivers.
In 1962, the filming of the series involved the transfer of a stuntman between two airplanes, which was being filmed from a third aircraft. Due to air turbulence, the transfer failed and both aircraft touched and subsequently crashed. The pilots of both airplanes and the stuntman involved were able to parachute to safety. Later, the dramatic footage from this near tragic event was subsequently used in two Ripcord second season episodes.
Season 1 (1961–1962)
- The Sky Diver - Pilot (Thursday September 28, 1961 - guest starred Russell Johnson)
- Air Carnival
- Chuting Stars (guest starred John Agar)
- Colorado Jump
- The Condemned (guest starred Michael Pataki)
- Crime Jump (Thursday October 5, 1961 - guest starred Burt Reynolds)
- Dangerous Night, a.k.a. DARB (Distressed Airman Rescue Beacon) - guest starred Harry Townes
- Death Camp
- Top Secret
- Radar Rescue (Thursday December 28, 1961 - guest starred John Considine and Jack Hogan)
- Sierra Jump
- The Silver Cord
- Ransom Drop (guest starred Tracy Olsen)
- Double Drop
- The Financier
- Sentence of Death
- Desperate Choice
- Diplomatic Mission (guest starred Richard Simmons)
- Hagen Charm (guest starred Arthur Franz)
- The Helicopter Race (Thursday March 15, 1962 - guest starred Dyan Cannon)
- Jungle Survivor
- High Jeopardy
- The Human Kind
- Hurricane Charley
- Elegy for a Hero
- Cougar Mesa
- Last Chance
- Log Jam
- Mile High Triangle (Thursday May 31, 1962 - guest starred Walter Mathews, Page Slattery, Robert Sampson and Kathie Browne)
- Millionaire Doctor
- One for the Money
- Para-Nurse (guest starred Harry Carey, Jr. and Allison Hayes)
Season 2 (1962–63)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|39||1||"Aerial Backfire"||Unknown||Unknown||October 18, 1962|
|40||2||"Among Those Missing"||Unknown||Unknown||October 25, 1962|
|41||3||"Chute to Kill"||TBD||TBD||1962|
|42||4||"Day of the Hunter"||TBD||TBD||1962|
|45||7||"The Final Jump"||Unknown||Unknown||April 16, 1963|
|46||8||"Flight for Life"||TBD||TBD||1962|
|47||9||"Flight to Terror"||TBD||TBD||1962|
|48||10||"A Free Falling Star"||TBD||TBD||1962|
|53||15||"Jump or Die"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|54||16||"Jump to a Blind Alley"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|55||17||"Jump to Freedom"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|56||18||"Man on a Mountain"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|57||19||"The Last Chapter"||Unknown||Unknown||January 15, 1963|
|59||21||"The Lost Ones"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|60||22||"The Lost Tribe"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|61||23||"Million Dollar Drop"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|62||24||"The Money Mine"||Unknown||Unknown||January 3, 1963|
|63||25||"Panic at 10,000"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|64||26||"Picture of Terror"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|65||27||"A Present for Felipe"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|66||28||"The Proud Little Man"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|67||29||"Race Morgan: Bounty Hunter"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|69||31||"Run, Joby, Run"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|70||32||"Semper Paratus Any Time"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|71||33||"The Suicide Club"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|72||34||"The Trouble with Denny Collins"||TBD||TBD||1963|
|73||35||"The Well"||Jack Herzberg||Karl Daniels||1963|
|74||36||"Where Do Elephants Go to Die?"||TBD||Harlan Ellison||1963|
|75||37||"Willie"||Jack Herzberg||Teleplay by: Steve Fisher|
Story by: Sid Harris
|March 26, 1963|
|76||38||"Wrong Way Down"||TBD||TBD||1963|
Ripcord aired in Brazil in the 1960s under its original title at the same time as in the United States.
Some of the Ripcord episodes can be found on YouTube, Veoh and Uncle Earl's Classic Television Channel.
This show sponsored a popular Ripcord tie-in toy, consisting of a large plastic parachute with a plastic skydiver figure attached to it, which could be thrown in the air and would float down to the ground, just like a real parachute. It was a big toy seller. At the end of every episode, Larry Pennell as Theodore (Ted) McKeever, along with Ken Curtis as James (Jim) Buckley, delivered a brief comment, addressing to viewers the importance of sport parachuting safety.
- Ripcord TV Show Accident 1962, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ5EKD_GBUc, accessed 7 January 2015
- Ripcord on the BBC
- "Ripcord DVD news: Date Change for Ripcord Season 1 and Season 2 - TVShowsOnDVD.com". Archived from the original on 2013-08-03.
- "Ray Bailey (II)".