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World Record Set For Formation Skydiving By Women

Record Set On Saturday, November 25th During Event In Arizona

A group of 32 women set a world record for skydiving in formation on November 25th during an event held at Skydive Arizona over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The women exited two airplanes in formation at 18,000 feet. It was the fourth jump of the day, and the 14th attempt of the event.

The formation was what is known by skydivers as an upright formation in which everyone in a position that looks like sitting in a chair--"sit-flying" in skydiving lingo.

This is the first all-female world record event of its kind.

The group jumped multiple times each day over the four-day event, simultaneously exiting two airplanes in formation from altitudes above 16,000 feet for each attempt. They had only about 50 seconds to complete the large formation while plummeting toward the ground at speeds in excess of 170 mph before separating from each other and opening their parachutes.
 
The international team included 40 women from across the U.S. and as far away as Canada, Finland, France, Norway and the Netherlands who travelled to Arizona in hopes of earning coveted slots on the record skydive.

The event was sanctioned by the U.S. Parachute Association.

(Image by Steve Curtis provided by the USPA)

FMI: www.uspa.org

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