January 22, 2015 - A world record sky dive attempt will be part of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, with an international team of top sky divers aiming to make history at The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.
The Skydiving Hall of Fame based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, will organize the 108-person jump team for the record attempts sanctioned by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which is the official organization that maintains the world’s aviation-related records. The teams will practice and prepare with record attempts at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, before the scheduled record attempts on July 22 and 24 at Oshkosh (weather and conditions permitting).
“Sky divers have been part of the EAA AirVenture air show for decades, but the opportunity to have a world-record attempt at Oshkosh is something unprecedented here, and very exciting,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs, who leads the AirVenture event organizing team. “The Skydiving Hall of Fame is bringing the best of the best in their community to Oshkosh, matching the standard of performers that have made the AirVenture air show a true all-star event.”
The Skydiving Hall of Fame team, known as the Eagles, will jump from as high as 20,000 feet from its Short SC.7 Skyvan and de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters to begin their record attempts. Any record would then be confirmed by FAI and its U.S. representative, the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).
“These seasoned sky divers, who are among the best in the world, face enormous challenges,” said James F. “Curt” Curtis, president and CEO of the Skydiving Museum & Skydiving Hall of Fame. “To achieve an FAI world record while performing a high-profile professional exhibition requires extraordinary skill, talent, and focus. But the opportunity to attempt this at Oshkosh during AirVenture week is a unique moment for our community.”