Skydive Chicago: 138 skydivers form a human snowflake
Posted by: Melanie Chapman
Published on: August 5th, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Skydivers broke records on Friday night, creating a 150-foot wide snowflake while falling from 18,500 feet at 220 miles per hour.
It took 138 divers 15 attempts to break the previous record of 108 skydivers, which was set back in 2009. The jump took months of planning, tryouts and training camps. In the end, all 138 participants came together — after leaping into place from six different planes — to form the incredible human snowflake.
Of course, without cameras to catch the footage, this record-breaking effort would all have been for nothing. So four cameramen jumped with the participants to capture both photo and video footage of their accomplishment.
Despite how incredible it would probably be, I doubt that I’ll ever convince myself to jump out of a plane. But that aside, I’m just trying to figure out how all of these people were able to make it to their places in the formation after plunging from six different planes. Hard work is an understatement.
Is skydiving on you list of things to do, or would you rather keep your feet close to solid ground? If you’re interested in diving from a plane, would you ever consider joining in one of these record-breaking efforts?