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If at First You Don't Succeed...

By Ric Reynolds

July 23, 2015 - One-hundred-eight expert skydivers from 15 nations and 31 states dropped into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 Wednesday in an attempt to set a 108-way skydive sequential record.

They bailed out of five different aircraft—four Twin Otters and a Short Sherpa—in their attempt. And after starting from nearly 21,000 feet msl, it looked like they achieved it; at first.

Until, that is, a judge reviewing video of the “Eagles over Oshkosh” noticed that one grip was missed.

One-hundred-seven but short.

Still, “It was really a fantastic dive,” said Gulcin Gilbert, media director for Eagles Over Oshkosh. “But the judges are very thorough, and while it looks like a successful attempt, a grip was missed.

You know what they say: If at first you don't succeed...

“We’ll try again on Friday, so long as the weather cooperates,” she added.

The team is presented by the Skydiving Hall of Fame and they plan two additional attempts. The first is scheduled during today's afternoon air show at 3:02 p.m.; if needed, the other drop happens at 5:30 p.m.

The jumpers are among the best around, with between 5,000 and 20,000 jumps each—and totaling more than a million jumps overall.

Nations represented on the team include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, the United States, and Venezuela.
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