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Wed, Jun 12, 2019

Twenty Skydivers Claim World Record Flying Upright

Jump Took Place At Skydive Spaceland—Houston in Rosharon, TX

An international team of 20 elite skydivers are claiming a new world record by completing four different formations on the same skydive while flying in an upright position on Sunday, May 26. The team traveled from around the globe for the record event at Skydive Spaceland—Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

After leaping from an aircraft more than 16,000 feet above the ground, the group built the formations flying in a position that looks like sitting in a chair—“upright” in skydiving lingo. They had less than 60 seconds to complete the formations while plummeting toward the ground at speeds approaching 200 mph before separating from each other and opening their parachutes.

A group of 45 skydivers first set the Texas state record for largest single upright formation earlier that day. A smaller group then went up to complete multiple formations on the same skydive, ultimately setting the four-point 20-way world record. Videographers jumped with the team to capture all the action.

The U.S. Parachute Association will submit the record to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the international air sports governing body, for ratification as an official world record.

Next month, a team of 100 skydivers will gather at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, to attempt to break the world record for largest upright formation. The previous record of 72 skydivers was set at Skydive Arizona in Eloy in April 2015.

(Image provided with USPA news release by Nathan Roth)

FMI: www.uspa.org

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