Top 10 interesting facts about Skydiving
If flying high has been your life long wish and adventure sports, your passion then sky diving is meant just for you!
A thrilling sport activity guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping rapidly, skydiving involves jumping off an aircraft, a breathtaking duration of freefall during which the parachute is not deployed and the sky diver drops towards the ground owing to body mass and eventually safely landing on earth, while being harnessed to a parachute. Upon nearing the ground, the parachute is opened after which the jumper can control the direction and speed with the toggles that are attached to the parachute. Read on for some interesting facts about skydiving sport:
- Captain Kittinger recorded the highest skydive from a height of almost 102,800 feet, in 1960. Kittinger descended for almost 85,000 feet freefalling at a speed of 715 mph, before deploying his parachute. Update: In the desert surrounding Roswell, N.M., on Sunday, Baumgartner broke Kittinger’s world record for the highest and fastest free fall. UPDATE: Felix Baumgartner broke this record on 14 October, 2012. He jumped from a height of 128,100 feet or 39 km for the highest skydive – more than four miles higher than Kittinger’s jump in 1960, which was from 102,800 feet or 19.5 miles. He achieved Mach 1.24 and thus also broke the sound barrier.
- The youngest to accomplish the feat of skydiving was a four year old. The jump was a tandem jump (skydiving while being harnessed to a trainer), and was made from an elevation of 10,000 feet.
- On 6th of February 2004, a group of 357 skydivers joined hands and stayed in that formation for 6 seconds in Takhli, Thailand. This was their 6th attempt. [Want something more adventurous? You can find the top 101 adventure activities to do in India which will get your blood pumping!]
- This record was broken on February 8, 2006 and the record for the largest freefall formation was a 400-way set in Udon Thani, Thailand by World Team. Five C-130 Hercules airplanes were used and it was held for 4.25 seconds. They had exited from an altitude of 25,000 feet.
- On 20th of May 2001, Michael Zang created a new world record by completing 500 jumps in a day. His jumps were made in intervals of less than 3 minutes and he performed these jumps from 2,100 feet.
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- During freefall, the wind traveling past your ears is well over 100 mph. This much makes you deaf to all sounds you cannot hear a fellow skydiver. By yelling into each other’s ears, you may hear a little but you certainly can’t have a proper conversation.
- Jonas holds the record for getting the first tattoo while freefalling at a height of 4,000m in Sweden. He got a ‘WFFT’ tattoo made while skydiving with Nordin. WFFT stands for World’s First Freefall Tattoo!
- Approximately 3.1 million skydives occur annually. Out of this, the average number of fatalities is around 55 which is less than 1% of the jumps that take place.[Like interesting tidbits like this? Read our top 10 interesting facts you might not have known about the Himalayas]
- Some of the most daring skydivers include a 92 year old man sporting artificial knees, a hearing aid and weighing 105 pounds who leaped from 3,500 feet did a solo jump and a 90 years old woman who skydived from 12,000 feet to celebrate her birthday.
- The first skydiving centre in India was set up by Sports Authority of Gujarat while the first skydiving school in India, Agni Aviation is located in Bangalore.
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UPDATE: Some newer facts which we couldn’t miss out on:
- The extravagant designer Adrian Ionel Haiduc, owner of the H’Art Design Ltd.jewerly company, launched his collection “Man’s on Air” with the participation of 11 parachutists who launched from a plane wearing his creations. This set the world record for the highest launch of a jewelry collection.
- The largest all-female skydiving formation-world record was set by 181 female skydivers who joined together to set the new world record for the largest all-female skydiving formation. This was done in order to raise money in the fight against breast cancer, raising over 900-thousand dollars towards the cause.
- 3 skydivers including 2 britons, Leo Dickinson and Ralph Mitchell, and an Indian Air Force officer, Ramesh Tripathi, jumped from an airplane at 20,000 ft (6.1 km) and landed by parachute at Gorak Shep, a frozen lake bed, 16,940ft. (5.1 km) above sea level, near Mount Everest-setting the world for the highest parachute jump landing.
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It is said to take about 10 to 15 jumps before an amateur jumper can do so without an instructor. Get to know all the good, bad and ugly facts about skydiving. After all, skydiving is a new era of adventure. Sky diving is going to be a memorable experience for you, just go out there, relax and have the time of your life! And for those who love a little more thrill, put on your gears and try hot air ballooning, paragliding and even bungee jumping. For it’s all about connecting the sky and earth!
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