The Kid Should See This

World Record Group Skydive – 164-Person Formation

This incredible world record video includes 164 hand-picked pro and amateur skydivers, 7 planes, and a remarkable hand-in-hand group formation assembled within 75 seconds of free fall. Event co-organizers Jon DeVore and Mike Swanson explain the work before the dive:

Swanson: We call it “walking it” — we build the formation, as it’s going to be in the sky, on the ground. We mock up all the people who are going to be in the different planes. We have people called floaters who leave early and float up to the formation, and divers who leave late and dive down to the formation.

DeVore: We do 40- and 50-way dives that would be the base of the formation just to make sure everything is working. It’s just a process; if the gears aren’t meshing well, you go to the drawing board and rotate people… It’s a constant game of moving things around until everything just locks in and works.

And about the dive itself:

DeVore: …We’ve had communication devices in the past, but what works so well and is also so organic and magical about the whole thing, is that when you’re in it and the record hits, there’s just this click and this hum and this vibration that goes on where everything’s pretty effortless and people aren’t struggling.

When you start feeling that, you look around at people across from you and they’re smiling and nodding, you know they’re not seeing anybody having trouble and they’re getting the same thing off you. On this record, when everybody landed they were high-fiving without even having to see video.

skydive-world-record-164-formation-redbull02

skydive-world-record-164-formation-redbull01

File under: practice and teamwork.

Watch these next: Jetman Yves Rossy flies over Dubai, the aerobatic paragliding of Théo de Blic, and Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128k’.

via Laughing Squid.

This feature is being tested. Saves will disappear if you clear cookies. Find saved videos here.

🌈 Related videos

Ashima Shiraishi, one of the best rock climbers in the world

Rion Nakaya

Surfing a really long wave off the coast of Namibia: Drone & POV GoPro views

Rion Nakaya

The Slinky Drop in slow motion – Veritasium

Rion Nakaya

Adrienn Banhegyi’s world record jump rope skills

Rion Nakaya

How do roller coasters affect your body?

Rion Nakaya

Flying in a F-16 Fighter Jet with the USAF Thunderbirds

Rion Nakaya

202 skydivers set a world record over Perris, California

Rion Nakaya

A world record 217-way 3 points skydive over Arizona in 360°

Rion Nakaya

Alana Nichols, the first woman to win gold in two Paralympics

Rion Nakaya

 
Browse the TKSST Video Collections

Get 7 smart videos delivered every week.

 

Subscribe