In the United Kingdom, a regional record was set by a team of skydivers in early October 2017.
The breaking of the skydive formation record occurred in the North West of the United Kingdom in the town of Flookbugh. The skydiving company responsible for organizing the regional record-breaking stunt was Skydive Northwest, based at Northwest Parachute Center, Cark.
A grand total of 26 skydivers jumped from two separate planes to complete this record. All of the 26 skydivers formed a formation in the sky. The skydive took place from an altitude of 15,000 feet above the ground.
Plans have already begun to replicate this stunt next year and beat the record.
Photographer Peter Hughes, who is from Kirkby in the UK, captured a picture of the skydiving formation record being broken. Hughes is an avid skydiver who is known for snapping pictures while airborne. He has completed a total of over 3,000 jumps himself. The photo he took appeared in an issue of Bay Living Magazine.
Hughes talked about the 26 people who took part in the record-breaking skydive. “The team is made up of regular jumpers who are a mix of locals and people from all over the UK,” Hughes said.
Hughes said that the group put quite a bit of effort into the attempt to break the skydive formation record and that it took commitment for people to show they had it in them to be part of the skydive.
“The jump has been planned for a year with loads of practice building up to it,” Hughes explained. “People had to prove themselves before they could be a part of it.”
According to the rules for the record-breaking skydive, the number of people exiting from the aircraft must equal the number that makes up the formation for the record to be official. So, if one person messes up and does not join in the formation, the record-attempt becomes nullified.
The skydiving team already has their aim on next year and breaking their own 26-person skydive formation record. In 2018, they are shooting to have 30 people jump in formation. This is also the maximum capacity of the aircraft that belong to Skydive Northwest. The event is planned for May 2018.
According to their website, “Skydive Northwest is one of the longest established skydiving centers in the UK, taking pride in providing skydiving experiences for over 40 years.”
Skydive Northwest is located by the Irish Sea. In addition, the website states, “We have spectacular views across the Lake District, Lake Windermere and Morecambe Bay, making Skydive Northwest one of the most picturesque centers in the world.”
There are various types of skydiving formation records. The largest skydiving formation recognized by the FAI in the world was a 400-way formation that occurred on February 8, 2006, in Thailand. The formation was held for a total of 4.25 seconds. Five airplanes were needed in this attempt and the skydivers jumped from a higher altitude of 25,000 feet.