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    "100 Years of Freefall" By Brian Hernandez   (Apr 2019) People Featured Photos Featured Art 100 years of Freefall

    “100 Years of Freefall”
    Colored pencil

    Brian Hernandez | USPA # 322723
    Lake Elsinore, California

    "Moe" By Dana Alenzi   (Jan 2019) Featured Photos Featured Art

    Watercolor and ink on canvas

    Dana Alenzi

    "Sunset Load" By Laura Dawson   (Oct 2018) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    Fused glass

    Laura Dawson
    lauradawsonglass.com

     

    "Untitled" By Christine Lewis   (Feb 2019) Featured Photos Featured Art

    Acrylic on canvas

    Christine Lewis
    Facebook.com/clewisdesignstudio

    "Untitled" By Josey Jones   (Mar 2019) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    “Untitled” 
    Acrylic on canvas

    Josey Jones | B-48775
    Toronto, Ohio

    "untitled" By Daniel Silva | B-49187   (Jan 2020) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    "untitled"
    Acrylic on drywall

    Daniel Silva | B-49187
    Huntington Beach, California
    danthehandymansilva@gmail.com

    "We're Awesome" By Rachel Kennedy   (Jul 2018) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    Rachel Kennedy | B-46618
    Clinton Township, Michigan 

    “100 Years of Freefall” By Stayesh Moghaddami Zamani   (May 2019) People Featured Photos Featured Art 100 years of Freefall

    “100 Years of Freefall”

    Colored pencil

    Stayesh Moghaddami Zamani | Age 15
    Tehran, Iran

    “100th Landing” By Sietske Dils   (Mar 2020) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    “100th Landing”
    Watercolor

    Sietske Dils

    “Anti-Gravity” By Ben Harris   (Nov 2018) Featured Photos Featured Art

    Digital

    Ben Harris | D-30873

    Salisbury, Maryland

    “Dog DayZ at the DZ” By Stephanie Bush   (Apr 2020) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    “Dog DayZ at the DZ”
    Acrylic on canvas

    Stephanie Bush
    Facebook.com/stephaniebushdesigns

    “Flying by Design” By Heather Weter and Karen Figenshau   (Aug 2018) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    Paint and marker
     

    Heather Weter and Karen Figenshau | B-47715 and A-80088
    Ozark, Missouri, and St. Louis, Missouri

    “High Altitude, Low Pull” By Shelrie Houlton | D-35229   (Dec 2019) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    “High Altitude, Low Pull”
    Mixed media

    Shelrie Houlton | D-35229
    Merritt Island, Florida
    shelriedawnsdesk@gmail.com

    “I Met Myself on the Mountain” By Kayla Perron   (Jun 2020) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    “I Met Myself on the Mountain”
    Ink on paper

    Kayla Perron | B-47722
    Orlando, Florida

    “Tandem Jump” By Cindy Guire   (Dec 2018) Featured Photos Featured Art

    Acrylic on drywall

    84” x 50” mural in the deli at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas

    Cindy Guire
    @artofskydiving

    “The Day Trip” By Colleen Mondics   (Sep 2018) People Featured Photos Featured Art

    Acrylic on Canvas
     

    Colleen Mondics | A-56684
    Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
    cemondics.webs.com

    2020 Jumpwear Photo by Pete Jabczynski | D-25812   (Jul 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo

    Tim Carothers models the latest in 2020 fashions on the way to altitude on re-opening weekend at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

    A Lofty Proposal Photo by Dalton Carvalho | D-25058   (Sep 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    While making a tandem skydive with instructor Iain Guthrie at Pepperell Skydiving Center in Massachusetts, Greicy Hoepers accepts a marriage proposal from Eliseu Matos, B-34200.

    Dalton Carvalho | D-25058

    A Record for Indiana Photo by Ted Freidline | D-31175   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo

    From left, Junior Melton, Dana Parker, camera flyer Dave Durant, Floyd Kehl, Chuck Surges and Al Lavine pose for the camera in October at Skydive Indianapolis in Frankfort, Indiana, after setting the Jumpers Over Seventy State Record for Largest Formation Skydive with a 5-way.

    A Truly Veteran Jumper Photo by Edward Heady   (Apr 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo

    Norwood Thomas, a World War II veteran who jumped into Normandy, France, on D-Day with the 101st Airborne Division, makes a tandem skydive with instructor Alberto Macias at Skydive Suffolk in Virginia.

    A Very Devoted Mother Photo by Eduardo Chavez Garcia   (Jan 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Tandem Instructor Francisco Nieto y Torres, D-37152, celebrates his 1,000th jump by taking his mother on a skydive at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Cuautla in Mexico.

    Aim High Photo by Aaron Schmidt | D-35802   (Jan 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call

    Joe Kelly, Tyler Moran and Cathy Leone, all members of the U.S. Air Force, make a patriotic hybrid jump at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    April 1979 Cover   (Apr 1979) Featured Photos Covers

    Kathy O'Brien swooping over Longmont, CO.  Photo by Alf Humphries.

    April 1980 Cover   (Apr 1980) Featured Photos Covers

    A flying carpet of jumpers over Limerick, PA.  Photo by Tom Dunn, courtesy of Jerry Irwin.

    April 1981 Cover   (Apr 1981) Featured Photos Covers

    Alaric R. Sampson, D-6127, caught this shot of Jeff Hicks, Walt Knodle, Tony Cory, Elizabeth St. Goar and Chip Port exiting a Sikorsky S58-T helicopter over Livermore, CA.  A member of the California Parachute Club at LIvermore, Sampson recently made his 900th jump there.

    April 1982 Cover   (Apr 1982) Featured Photos Covers

    From the "Please Release Me, Let Me Go" department comes this photo of Jorma Oster and what's left of his canopy, being dropped from a tri-plane over Malmi Airport in Helsinki, Finland  Oster used a Nikon camera with a wide-angle lens mounted on his leg to get the photo.  Oster, 28, has about 700 jumps, most of them with a camera, and is editor of Finland's "Laskuvarjourhirlu" parachuting magazine.

    April 1983 Cover   (Apr 1983) Featured Photos Covers

    Craig Fronk snapped this shot of the Divine Dragons skydiving team of Taiwan making a demo jump together with the U.S. 4-way team into Taiwan Stadium before some 25,000 spectators.  For more on the U.S. Team's historic trip, see Fronk's story, which begins on page 19.

    April 1984 Cover   (Apr 1984) Featured Photos Covers

    John Rodgers of San Diego, CA is a graphic artist and illustrator with more than 10 years' experience in the field.  This painting, entitled "Shuttle Jump," was inspired by Rodgers' interest in space and his friendship with Randy Forbes, B-9040, an avid skydiver.  "Both Randy and I were delighted to see Michael Carroll's 'Skydivers Over Jupiter' in PARACHUTIST...when I saw (it) I thought to myself...perfect, now I can bring that same sort of felling a little closer to home."

    April 1985 Cover   (Apr 1985) Featured Photos Covers

    European photographer Max Dereta was there to get this shot of a canopy stack forming high above the clouds over Texel, Holland.  The shot first appeared in Heinz Fischer's Skydiver Magazine.  For an American skydiving couple's view of skydiving in Europe, see the story by Dennis and Anne Worden on page 23.

    April 1986 Cover   (Apr 1986) Featured Photos Covers

    Norman Kent got this shot of 1985 U.S. Team members exiting a helicopter over Japan with Mt. Fujiyama in the background.

    April 1987 Cover   (Apr 1987) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike McGowan, D-5709, was hanging outside one of Skydive Arizona's Twin Beeches when he took this shot of a multi-plane formation exit on one of the 64-way diamond attempts in Coolidge, AZ at the end of last year.  More large diamond attempts are scheduled in both Arizona and Florida over Easter.

    April 1988 Cover   (Apr 1988) Featured Photos Covers

    Long-time contributing photographer Gus Wing, D-7117, submitted this photo of Mike Vordo, D-9792, under canopy over the Orange, VA drop zone.  Wing was also a contributor to the "Tunnel Boogie" event featured in this issue, beginning on page 36.

    April 1989 Cover   (Apr 1989) Featured Photos Covers

    Jumpers from Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisana fly a 10-way star over the Mississippi River.  Photographer Steve Wood, D-11234, took this shot during a Helio Stallion Boogie over the West Memphis, AK DZ last March.

    April 1990 Cover   (Apr 1990) Featured Photos Covers

    Dave Keith, D-5441, provided this shot of Cathy Conklin and James Hulse going floater for a load out of DC-3 "Our Douglas" over Hulse's house in Santa Maria, CA.  Eleven jumpers built a round for the back-yard demo.

    April 1991 Cover   (Apr 1991) Featured Photos Covers

    British Royal Marines built this European record CRW stack over Netherhaven in southern England—a 17-way diamond, with Simon Ward as photographer.  see story, page 26.

    April 1992 Cover   (Apr 1992) Featured Photos Covers

    Randy Thurston, D-10000, captured this shot of Dave Scott, D-12799, over Skydive Carolina! while filming a commercial for a new brand of strapless sandals, which are stuck to Scott's feet with a special adhesive that makes them reuseable.

    April 1993 Cover   (Apr 1993) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom McCollough exits, Wes Keeley lands, and Dave Kaiser races down the hill at the Paraski Nationals at Snowbird, Utah.  See Jerry Rouillard's story and more of Keith Stewart's photos of the meet on page 28.

    April 1994 Cover   (Apr 1994) Featured Photos Covers

    Professional photographer Tom Sanders, D-6503, fired this shot of Linda McKenzie exiting over the Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah at the 1994 Para-Ski Nationals.  More of Sanders' photography appears in this month's story on page 22, courtesy of Aerial Focus.

    April 1995 Cover   (Apr 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Ken Thompson, D-14125, took this month's cover shot over Lake Elsniore, California.  Tandem instructor Henry Boger assists with the pull as passenger Glen Ray, the drop zone pilot and mechanic at Skydive California, hams it up for the camera.

    April 1996 Cover   (Apr 1996) Featured Photos Covers

    Cameraman Greg Gasson shoots video of teammate Chifumi Sakakibara during a practice jump before attending last year's world freestyle championships in Germany, where the pair took second place.  Cover photo by Brent Finley, D-15461.

    April 1997 Cover   (Apr 1997) Featured Photos Covers

    Michael McGowan, D-5709, expands his photography horizons on this freefly jump with Kei Niizuma and Ron Noffz at Skydive Arizona's Valentine's Day Boogie in Eloy.  Bob Cregaw watches from a distance.  A complete report begins on page 48.

    April 1998 Cover   (Apr 1998) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Oscar Oczcowski catches this month's cover shot of novice team Friday the 13th Plus 1—Kevin Martin, Clint Hillis, Kevin Johnson and Lior Shachman—as they launch a star out of the Twin Otter at Skydive Arizona's Valentine's Day Money Meet in Eloy.

    April 1999 Cover   (Apr 1999) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Keith Larrett took this shot of Mike Swanson, Chris Lynch, Jason Aubin and Stefania Martinengo as they launch a train out of the Twin Otter over Skydive Sebastian in Florida.  Wendy Smith follows behind them.

    April 2000 Cover   (Apr 2000) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Oscar Oczkowski caught this shot of Washington jumpers Ken Hiatt and Richard Bailey exiting the hot-air balloon over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    April 2001 Cover   (Apr 2001) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brian Giboney took this shot of tandem instructor Ken Daidone and his student playing around with camera flyer Brian Erler over Skydive Space Center in Titusville, Florida.

    April 2002 Cover   (Apr 2002) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Adrian Nicholas took this shot of a formation skydive that Lyle Presse (head of formation) organized during the Puerto Rico 2nd Freefall Festival in Humacao.

    April 2003 Cover   (Apr 2003) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Jason Peters took this shot of the 24-way over Skydive Sebastian in Florida that has been submitted to the FAI as the official head-down world record.

    April 2004 Cover   (Apr 2004) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Joel Kiesel took this shot of Chris Fiala standing on Stan Gray, while John Skinner flies head down and docks on Fiala over Skydive Elsinore in California.

    April 2005 Cover   (Apr 2005) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Eric Shaden took this shot while freeflying with Matt Stewart during the Ixtapa Boogie in Mexico in February.

    April 2006 Cover   (Apr 2006) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Kamuran Bayrasli took this shot of Oren Peri and Leland Bendel launching a sit train dressed as the twin Chaunceys, characters in the MTV2 show, "Wonder Showzen."  They made the jump at the Ranch Parachute Club in Gardiner, New York, during the filming of a skydiving segment for the show.

    April 2007 Cover   (Apr 2007) Featured Photos Covers

    Ron Lengel captured this self portrait in the reflection of a chrome ball over Air Adventures in Clewiston, Florida. 

    April 2008 Cover   (Apr 2008) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Gary Wainwright captured this shot of 4-way teams Perris Fury, Bodyflight Storm and Paradox coming together for an impromptu 12-way above Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    April 2009 Cover   (Apr 2009) Featured Photos Covers

    photo by Joe Abeln | D-28755

    Jon Ewald photographs tandem instructor Mike Elliott of the U.S. Army Golden Knights taking Miss USA, Crystle Stewart, on a jump over Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, accompanied by teammates (clockwise from top right), Joe Jones, Dallas Berentis, Kurt Isenbarger, Jeff Schafer and Eric Heinsheimer.

    April 2012 Cover   (Apr 2012) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Jeff Nebelkopf | D-28355
    Canopy pilots (from top) Mikeal Stevens, Jonathan Tagle and Wuzi Wagner form a 3-stack and surf Mike Swanson while (clockwise from bottom left) Taya Weiss, Will Kitto and Barry Holubeck fly in formation during Raise the Sky's Project XRW at Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

    April 2013 Cover   (Apr 2013) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Randy Swallows | D-29371
    Mark Randall hangs from a skid in preparation for a helicopter jump at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

    April 2014 Cover   (Apr 2014) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858
    The 4-way base of a 20-way formation flies down the hill during a Wuest Ways event hosted by big-way organizers Doug and Marilyn Wuest at Skydive Perris in California.

    April 2015 Cover   (Apr 2015) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Craig O'Brien | D-19294

    Jumpers at Skydive Perris in California build a "human planet" formation, bringing to life Paul Bond's painting that appeared on the February 1980 cover of Parachutist portraying a then-imaginary 3-D skydive. 

    April 2016 Cover   (Apr 2016) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Tom Sanders | D-6503

    During the Party on the Playa II boogie in Tambor, Costa Rica, (clockwise from bottom left) Andy Harris, Mike Bess, Larenda Graham and Mark Schrag fly a 4-way over the Gulf of Nicoya.

    April 2017 Cover   (Apr 2017) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

    Aaron Johnson swoops the beach during the annual Puerto Escondido New Years Beach Boogie hosted by Skydive Cuautla in Mexico.

    April 2018 Cover   (Apr 2018) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Dan Chrobak  |  D-37105
    Neil Kuhlman swoops the surf at Mokuleia Beach while participating in an offsite jump during the Sky-HI invitational event at Pacific Skydiving Center in Waialua, Hawaii.

    April 2018 photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530   (Apr 2018) Homepage Featured Photos Closing In

    Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

    Mike Lewis pilots a canopy formation during the Freeze Your Buns Off Boogie at Skydive Lake Wales in Florida.

    April 2018 by Raymond Adams   (Apr 2018) Homepage Featured Photos Featured Event

    Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

    Jumpers exit during the Sebastian Vertical Elite Camp at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

    April 2018 Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468   (Apr 2018) Homepage Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

    Clancy Ewald, camera pool photographer at the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at Skydive Lake Wales, flies to the landing area after a round of competition.

    April 2019 Cover   (Apr 2019) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Gustavo Cabana | USPA #80952

    Franck Eloffe carves around a hybrid (Sharon Har-Noy Pilcher and Steve Curtis on their bellies with Pepijn Swint and Tom Feng hanging) during Tsunami Skydivers Exotic Boogies’ Party on the Playa 2019 in Tambor, Costa Rica.

    April 2020 Cover   (Apr 2020) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Tom Sanders | D-6503

    Plane owner Marcus Bastruck, pilot Oliver Wermann, camera-wing-mount fabricator Mike Bess and camera assistant (and wife) Denise Sanders helped Tom Sanders capture this photo of freefall camera flyer Bruno Brokken filming a formation skydiving group exiting a Super Caravan during Tsunami Skydivers Exotic Boogies’ event in the Maldives.

    April 2021 Cover   (Apr 2021) Featured Photos Covers
    Are You Ready for Some Football? Photo by Jeff Agard | D-16906   (Nov 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Carl Chittim of Aerial Extreme Skydiving Team leads the way into Levi’s Stadium for the San Francisco 49ers’ first home game of the season. 

    Ashes to Ashes Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858   (Aug 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Jumpers say goodbye to their friend Vern McGarry, D-7054, during his ash dive at Skydive Perris in California.

    Attending the Dance Photo by Kenyon Salo | D-25169   (Sep 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Gary Mancuso flies a 1,000-square-foot flag into the 1940’s World War II-Era Ball, a community event and fundraiser at the Boulder County Municipal Airport in Colorado. 

    August 1968 Cover   (Aug 1968) Homepage Featured Photos Covers

    Sam Alexander captures a moment of flashing sun, refreshing sky, and the comradeship of accomplishment high above the Taft, California, DZ.

    August 1969 Cover   (Aug 1969) Featured Photos Covers

    Jay Emery, D-203, is credited with this colorful shot of his own PC and Jim Eisenmenger's checkered PC out of Dallas, Texas.

    August 1979 Cover   (Aug 1979) Featured Photos Covers

    Presented for the first time at this year's National Championships in Richmond, IN was this newest of USPA perpetual trophies—the Eight-Way Team Championship Award.  Design and Production, Inc.—craftsmen associated with the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC created this trophy, an octagonal block of anodized aluminum and lucite standing on a mahogany base banded with removable silver plates on which the names of the members of the winning teams will be engraved each year.  28 inches high, it is the largest trophy in USPA's collection and is valued at more than $2,400.  It is on permanent display at USPA headquarters in Washington, DC.

    August 1980 Cover   (Aug 1980) Featured Photos Covers

    Official National Championships photographer Haney Martin caught 1980's new Individual Champions Matt O'Gwynn and Cheryl Stearns as each was presented with medals and trophies:  Matt holds the "Big Shot Glass", emblem of men's supremacy and Cheryl the sterling silver-and-crystal women's championship award.  The presentations were made at the individual awards banquet in Richmond, IN, on June 30th.  Both O'Gwynn and Stearns are now training with the 1980 U.S. Team, preparing for the World Championships in Bulgaria later this month.

    August 1981 Cover   (Aug 1981) Featured Photos Covers

    Rod Stafford, who painted this month's cover for PARACHUTIST, is an illustrator with Eastman Kodak.  He also does free-lance work, doing everything from technical illustrations to portraits.  Stafford, whose painting represents his brief general impressions of sport parachuting, has himself taken up jumping recently.

    August 1982 Cover   (Aug 1982) Featured Photos Covers

    Clarence R. "Butch" Thorne, a free-lance graphic specialist from Washington, D.C. created this month's cover design to symbolize the long history of the Parachtue Club of America and its successor, today's United States Parachute Association.  PCA's emblem—the "triangle" so familiar to old-time jumpers—was based on a sketch found in the notebook of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), who visualized a way to get man down out of the sky before man had learned to get up.  Da Vinci neither built nor tested his design.  Surrounded by a freefall formation is today's familiar USPA wings emblem.  Artist Thorne, 36, also designed the very popular 1980 and 1981 National Championships emblems—all without ever making a jump himself.  "And I have no plans, either," he says.

    August 1983 Cover   (Aug 1983) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom Sanders rigged up a camera on a boom to get this shot of him and Mike Quinn leaving a hot-air balloon piloted by Dave Dickson over Southern California.  Sanders was gathering video footage for a JVC film on video use in air sports.

    August 1984 Cover   (Aug 1984) Featured Photos Covers

    Jerry Goodsell, D-7631, used the dramatic scenery outside of Logan, UT, for a backdrop for this month's cover.  Goodsell's brother Lynn, Dave Rigby and Kelly Campbell are the happy models.  "We don't have a lot of big planes around here so they're not million-mans or anything but we do have some good scenery," says Goodsell, who started jumping when he was 16.

    August 1985 Cover   (Aug 1985) Featured Photos Covers

    Joe O'Leary, D-8727, got this month's cover shot of Steven Haskett, Dwight MacArthur and Sam White over the Brazos Valley Paracenter in Bryan, TX.  All four jumpers are members of the Texas A&M University Sport Parachute Club which uses Brazos Valley as its home DZ.  Shortly after taking this shot O'Leary was en route to Spaceland, TX where he took part in an apparent world record 23-stack June 16 (see page 19).

    August 1986 Cover   (Aug 1986) Featured Photos Covers

    Craig Hanson, who served this year as USPA's official photographer for the National Championships of Style and Accuracy and CRW, accompanied the Prism 4-way rotation team on their apparent world record jump: 20 rotations in three minutes.  Apparent records were also set in women's group accuracy and largest freefall formation, the latter when a 100-way was completed and held for nearly eight seconds over Muskogee during the Nationals Boogie.

    August 1987 Cover   (Aug 1987) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom Sanders grabs the action on film as B.J. Worth doubles for James Bond and Jake Lombard (with knife) plays the part of the evil Necros in the upcoming 007 film "The Living Daylights."  Worth's story on how the complex stunts required by the script were filmed begins on page 18.

    August 1988 Cover   (Aug 1988) Featured Photos Covers

    Paul Landry, D-5684, supplied us with this shot of Gus Evans, D-6065, (white canopy, bottom of the top triplane) celebrating his 2000th jump with a triplane diamond over Lodi, CA.  Each triplane is piloted by a member of 1987's CRW champion 4-way sequential team, Slam Factor.

    August 1989 Cover   (Aug 1989) Featured Photos Covers

    Kevin McCann, D-10018, caught Ron Huffmaster spiraling down over the Gulf of Mexico during an invitational boogie organized by Rick and Donna Wynn June 9-11 at Sugarloaf Key, FL.  Dan Haggarty provided his Twin Beech for almost 70 skydivers from various DZs around the state and as far north as Massachussetts.

    August 1990 Cover   (Aug 1990) Featured Photos Covers

    For the first time in 33 months, the unmistakable photography of Norman Kent, D-8369, returns to the cover of PARACHUTIST (although his work has been featured dozens of times inside in the meantime.)  This shot was taken in Key Largo, FL.  Kent has been active in Hollywood, where he lives.  A sample of his recent work graced last month's center spread.

    August 1991 Cover   (Aug 1991) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom Sanders, D-6503, filmed this sequence for the upcoming FOX network TX show, "Ultimate Challenge." World-famous stunt pilots Craig Hoskings and Jim Franklin flew jumpers Jim Wallace (red) and Kevin Donnelly (yellow) to 18,000 feet, deployed drogues from their Stearman bi-planes and the two skydivers successfully switched planes.  Norman Kent was also on hand with his cameras, and Jerry Meyers performed the first few attempts with Donnelly.

    August 1992 Cover   (Aug 1992) Featured Photos Covers

    Clarence R. Thorn, a freelance specialist from Washington, DC, created this month's cover design to symbolize the history and progression of the Parachute Club of America and its successor, today's USPA.  His design first appeared on the 25th anniversary edition of PARACHUTIST in August, 1982.  PCA's original symbol, the triangle was based on a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), who envisioned a way for man to descend from the sky even before the concept of air travel.

    August 1993 Cover   (Aug 1993) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Pine Pienaar, D-13240, took this shot of tandem instructor Jim Wallace, his passenger Peter Gallagher and Gail Sims as the trio exited over the California countryside between the Perris Valley and Bear Creek airports.   Gallagher, who normally pilots the balloon, said after his first jump, "Now I know why you guys love jumping out of my balloon so much."

    August 1994 Cover   (Aug 1994) Featured Photos Covers

    The 4-way team known as Arizona Air Speed practices for the camera of cover photographer Michael McGowan, D-5709, and team videographer John Leming over Skydive Arizona, host of the 1994 Nationals of Formation Skydiving this October.

    August 1995 Cover   (Aug 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer, Brent Finley, D-15461, chases canopy pilot Greg Gasson down to the landing area at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.  Gasson and Finley have been working hard as a team to produce quality images for Parachutist, and this one marks Finley's first magazine cover shot.

    August 1996 Cover   (Aug 1996) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brad Hood, D-10270, of Jump Run Productions took this shot of a 104-way building over Perris Valley, California, last month.  The skydive was practice for jumpers in the base of the 300-way attempts to be held in Slovakia this fall.

    August 1997 Cover   (Aug 1997) Featured Photos Covers

    Dave Major of Aerial Focus took this shot of tandem instructor Jim Wallace and student Paige MacDonald over Skydive Elsinore in Southern California.  Wallace is one of America's most experienced skydiving instructors.

    August 1998 Cover   (Aug 1998) Featured Photos Covers

    Filming for a Coca-Cola commercial, Norman Kent took this shot of Craig Fronk, Jeff Jones, Guy Manos, Pam Manos and Mike Michigan exiting in specially-built Eclipse rigs, Jan DeBont ("Speed" and "Twister") directed the commercial; Digital Domain ("Titanic") created the special effects.

    August 1999 Cover   (Aug 1999) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Chris Norton took this shot of jumpers exiting a Super CASA for an 18-way over Skydive Cross Keys in Williamstown, New Jersey.

    August 2000 Cover   (Aug 2000) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Robbie Culver took this shot of jumpers exiting the Twin Otter for a big-way formation skydive over Chicagoland Skydiving in Hinckley, Illinois, during the Memorial Day weekend.

    August 2001 Cover   (Aug 2001) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Wendy Smith took this shot of the Russian 8-way team on its way to becoming the new world champion at the World Air Games in Granada, Spain, in June.

    August 2002 Cover   (Aug 2002) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Craig O'Brien took this shot of members of the Performance Designs and Icarus Canopies factory teams flying their cross-braced canopies together over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.  PD canopy pilots, top to bottom:  Shannon Pilcher, Jay Moledzki and Heath Richardson.  Icarus canopy pilots, top to bottom:  Jim Slaton, J.C. Colclasure and Clint Clawson.

    August 2003 Cover   (Aug 2003) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Jimmy Halliday took this shot of Miles Daisher (left) and Steven Blincoe, members of the Dust Devils freefly team, over the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales while training for the upcoming U.S. Nationals.

    August 2004 Cover   (Aug 2004) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Sergeant Dave Wherley took this shot of former President Bush reaching to release the drogue as tandem instructor Staff Sergeant Bryan Schnell salutes over College Station, Texas, as part of the 41@80 celebration.

    August 2005 Cover   (Aug 2005) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Bryan Harrell took this shot of women's 4-way team Fastrax Select turning points during a training camp at Skydive Elsinore in California.  the team includes Elisa Behnk, Kris Byrne, Michelle Carlstrom, Tammi Rettig and camera flyer Sarah Brownlee.

    August 2006 Cover   (Aug 2006) Featured Photos Covers

    Peter Wiedemann took this shot of Scott Palmer, Josh Aikins and Dan Drage posing as former United States presidents on a jump over Skydive Ogden in Utah.

    August 2007 Cover   (Aug 2007) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Peter Gerencser captured the shot of freeflyers chunking an exit out of the Otter above Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, during Project Horizon V.

    August 2009 Cover   (Aug 2009) Featured Photos Covers

    photo by Eric Holcomb | B-32493

    Eric Wickfield (top) and Whitney Robinson exit over the coast at the Memorial Day Beach Boogie at Emerald coast Skydivers in Elberta, Alabama.

    August 2012 Cover   (Aug 2012) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Mike Burdon | USPA #206262
    Tom Naef pilots his canopy under the Mediterranean Sea during a photo shoot for the Submission Project.

    August 2013 Cover   (Aug 2013) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Niklas Daniel | D-28906
    Justin Price photographs Todd Love (bottom center) flying a 9-way with a group of world champion skydivers to celebrate earning his A license at Skydive Arizona in Eloy through the Operation X-Wing Program.

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    Paulo Pires (center) and (from left) Luis Prinetto, Nicolas Lesser, Gabriel Martin and Juan Manuel Garcia Coni angle fly during the Elite Latin Skydivers event at Skydive Perris in California.

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    Omar Alhegelan takes freeflying to the Himalayas during the May 2016 Skydive Everest expedition in Nepal.

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    Clockwise from top, Ze Miguel Abreu, Pier Luigi Querci and Guillermo Martinez exit for an upright dive during a freefly weekend organized by the team Cowabonga at USPA Foreign Affiliate Drop Zone Skydive Madrid, Ocaña in Ocaña, Toledo, Spain.

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    Matt Leonard from Team Control Tower flies his canopy over new USPA Foreign Affiliate DZ Skydive Bovec in Slovenia.

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    Will Penny (bottom) leads a jump during the Euro Fly4Life Camp at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Algarve in Portimão, Portugal.

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    At Skydive Perris in California, the Top Flite team, led by Kevin Kierce, flies a 16-way during its first skills camp since the DZ re-opened. 

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    Jake Cormier and Jarod Orrell orbit one another over Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

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    Kevin Kierce leads the base down the hill during the Top Flite formation skydiving event at Skydive Perris in California.

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    Gian Franco Malinconi Reyes kneels down to greet his loyal companion, Frankie, in the landing area after a jump.

    Bras for a Cause Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Marian Sparks (center) founder of the breast cancer charity Jump for the Rose, makes a pink-bra-clad skydive with (from left) Marshall Madden, Greg Armstrong, Patie Duttlinger and James Davis during the Jump for the Rose Pinkfest Boogie at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

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    Mariana Franceschetto shoots Greg Crozier as he swoops in from the last jump of the head-down world record attempts at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

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    Dallas Disturbance builds a formation on its way to taking the silver medal in 16-way formation skydiving at the USPA National Skydiving Championships at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

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    Photo by Michael Tomaselli  | D-18530

    During the USPA Nationals, members of the gold-medal-winning 4-way sequential canopy formation team the Dawgfathers take in the view at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

     

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    Monique Lai (left) and Jeff Harrigan dock on the hill during a sunset 8-way at Connecticut Parachutists Inc. in Ellington.

     

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    Joshua Reinert flies above the pyramids of Khafre and Khufu during the Sky Seekers Boogie in Egypt.

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    Photo by David Wybenga |  D-31682

    CT True Blue from the University of Connecticut turns points on its way to taking gold in 4-way advanced formation skydiving at the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Centerspread Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530   (Apr 2019) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Jumpers fly a canopy formation during the Freeze Your Buns Off Boogie at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

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    Thodoris Douzenis lands after a day of jumping at Skydive Athens in Kopaida, Greece.

    Centerspread Photo by Zach Lewis | D-21616   (May 2019) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Craig Girard keys the point during a training jump with  16-way formation skydiving team Dallas Disturbance at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Centerspread Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251   (Jun 2019) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Tom Baker and Cameron McMahan perform a dynamic angle jump at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

    Centerspread Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369   (Jul 2019) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Karine Joly and Greg Crozier of French freefly champion team AirWax enjoy a skydive while visiting Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

    Centerspread Photo by Elliot Byrd I D-32251   (Aug 2019) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Jade Papke and Zach Sabel share in the stoke of an awesome skydive during the CarolinaFest Boogie at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

    Centerspread Photo by David Cherry | D-33500   (Sep 2019) Featured Photos Centerspread

    At Skydive Orange in Virginia, David Wybenga gets down on one knee in front of Melanie Firth during a photo shoot for the couple's save-the-date cards for their upcoming wedding.

    Centerspread Photo by David Cherry I D-33500   (Nov 2019) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Beau Riebe swoops the pond during the open freestyle canopy piloting test event at the USPA Nationals.

    Centerspread Photo by Juan Mayer | D-26130   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Photo by Juan Mayer | D-26130

    Olav Zipser, Waleed El-Malt, Ammar Mohamed and Wade Sutcliffe peek out the back of a C-130 Hercules while preparing to jump over the Great Pyramids of Giza during the Sky Seekers Boogie in Egypt.

    Centerspread Photo by Bruno Brokken | USPA #96017   (Jan 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Siân Stokes and Milko Hodgkinson enjoy a fun jump during Tsunami Skydivers’ Boogie in Belize.

    Centerspread Photo by Juan Mayer I D-26130   (Feb 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Wingsuit flyer Alex Stont makes his way back to the landing area after a jump with the Skytrash Wingsuit Team during the DBX Boogie at the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus in the United Arab Emirates.  

    Centerspread Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468   (Mar 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Air Force Boomers turns points on its way to taking the silver in open 4-way formation skydiving at the USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships at Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales.

    Centerspread Photo by Norman Kent I D-8369   (Apr 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Patrizio Di Toma rides in a raft held by Alex Klöckner (left) and Franco Darman at the New Year’s Beach Boogie at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Cuautla in Mexico.

    Centerspread Photo by Marco Furst | D-32690   (May 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

    A 20-way dynamic flock plays in the sky during the second Flock and Flow event at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

    Centerspread Painting by Yvette Walter  I D-32690   (Jun 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Painting by Yvette Walter  I D-32690

    “Fun with Friends”
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    Centerspread Photo by Craig O’Brien   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Friends of jumper Kellie Infante, who passed away earlier in the year, honor her memory by performing a simulated ash release with pink feathers at Skydive Perris in California.

    Centerspread Photo by Raymond Adams   (Oct 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Wingsuit flyer Craig Lambton carves around skysurfer Kyle Batchelor during Shredfest at Cleveland Skydiving Center in Garrettsville, Ohio.

    Centerspread By Norman Kent | D-8369   (Oct 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Jumpers form a big-way round, the signature formation of the 2020 Heroes Skydiving event at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

    Centerspread By Kevin Latz | C-48875   (Dec 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Kelly Turbeville and Erika Schneid freefly at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

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    Camera flyer Matt Biggs shoots a formation building during the North Carolina State Record Attempts at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford.

    Centerspread Photo by Alex Swindle I D-31305   (Feb 2021) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Pteam Pterodactyl—Andrew Velazquez (left) and George Hargis—practice some acrobatic wingsuit routines over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

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    During the New Year’s Beach Boogie hosted by Skydive Cuautla in Mexico, Caroline Layne (left) and Amanda Hart sit-fly over Puerto Escondido and have so much fun that they laugh out loud.

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    Photo by Carlos Felix |  D-36519
    Steve Verner swoops in for landing after a hop-and-pop skydive during a cloudy day at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

    Closing In Photo by Elliot Byrd   (Jul 2018) Featured Photos Closing In

    Organizer Jason Brigmon (bottom) makes a 2-way freefly jump with Neal Wiggs at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

    Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251

    Closing In Photo by Bruno Brokken   (Aug 2018) Featured Photos Closing In

    A multicultural group of jumpers—(clockwise from top) Herman Landsman of the Netherlands, Mathieu Boyer of France, Samantha Joseph of the U.S., Hani Lapodi of the United Arab Emirates, Nicolás Fierro of Chile and Robert Compton of the U.S.—form a star over the Pyramid of Khafre in Giza, Egypt.

    Photo by Bruno Brokken | USPA #96017

    Closing In Photo by Laszlo Andacs   (Sep 2018) Featured Photos Closing In

    At Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York, (clockwise from left) Stephen Boyle, Dennis Dorman and Eric Junge launch a 3-way head down exit.

    Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

    Closing In Photo by Zach Lewis   (Oct 2018) Featured Photos Closing In

    Photo by Zach Lewis | D-21616

    Vanessa Meyer of 4-way formation skydiving team Victorious Secret waves hi to the camera flyer during a training day at Skydive Spaceland–Dallas in Whitewright, Texas.

    Closing In Photo by Jeff Johnson   (Nov 2018) Featured Photos Closing In

    Photo by Jeff Johnson | D-21060

    At Pacific Northwest Skydiving Center in Mulino, Oregon, Scott Harris officiates and Zac Rubenson shoots video as Jesse Castillo, A-76089, and Lauren Lopez, B-49142, recreate their wedding that took place on the ground moments earlier.

    Closing In Photo by Niklas Daniel   (Dec 2018) Featured Photos Closing In

    Photo by Niklas Daniel | D-28906

    Kris Kringle (David Robinson) spreads holiday cheer with his reindeer (Andrew Velasquez) at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Closing In Photo by Jeff Agard | D-16906   (Jan 2019) Featured Photos Closing In

    Photo by Jeff Agard |  D-16906
    Will DeBlois swoops a pond, jumps a berm and swoops a second pond, eventually landing dry, at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Closing In Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369   (Feb 2019) Featured Photos Closing In

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    Bryce Schunke flies toward the formation during the wingsuit world record attempts at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

    Closing In Photo by David Cherry   (Mar 2019) Featured Photos Closing In

    Photo by David Cherry |  D-33500

    At the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Air Force Rejects competes in 2-way vertical formation skydiving, in which they took the bronze medal.

    Closing In Photo by David Cherry   (Apr 2019) Featured Photos Closing In

    During the annual Puerto Rico Freefall Festival at Xtreme Divers West in Arecibo, (from top) Dustin De Salvo, Rachael Duenskie and Derek Hart pull off a train exit.

    Closing In Photo by Craig O'Brien | D19294   (Jun 2019) Featured Photos Closing In
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    The Fly Warriors (Raph Coudray, Luis Adolfo Lopez-Mendez and David Nimmo) get in a 3-way at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain.

    Closing In Photo by Craig O'Brien | D-19294   (Sep 2019) Featured Photos Closing In
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    At the USPA Nationals at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, camera flyer Chad Ross of Polaris shoots his teammates, Matthew Fry and Katie Hansen, on their way to taking gold in artistic freefly.

    Closing In Photo by Norman Kent | D8369   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Closing In

    Photo by Norman Kent | D8369

    Konstantin Petrijcuk leads an angle-flying jump during the Jump for the Rose Pinkfest boogie at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, that raised money for breast-cancer clinic The Rose.

    Closing In Photo by Ralph Turner I C-43075   (Feb 2020) Featured Photos Closing In

    Rafael Dunin, Reid Moak and Andrea Nelson shred the skies during the Invasion boogie at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

    Closing In Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Mar 2020) Featured Photos Closing In

    Konstantin Kunts rips up the pond at midnight on New Year’s Eve at Skydive City Zephyrhills’ Z-Carnivale.

    Closing In Photo by Craig O’Brian | D-19294   (Apr 2020) Featured Photos Closing In

    Katie Hansen and Matthew Fry of Team Polaris, the 2019 USPA National Champions of Freefly, get in some training at Skydive Perris in California.

    Closing In Photo By Juan Mayer | D-26130   (May 2020) Featured Photos Closing In

    At USPA Foreign Affiliate Go Fly Paraquedismo in Boituva, Brazil, Roberta Mancino and Val Sobol take a dock during the Wingsuit Carnival Boogie organized by Leo Orsini of Flyerz Wingsuit School.

    Closing In Photo by Vince Callender I D-19514   (Jun 2020) Featured Photos Closing In

    At Dallas Tandem Skydiving in Ennis, Texas, Tandem Instructor Rudy Reyes uses his downtime to play with an old C-9 canopy.

    Closing In Photo by Daniel Angulo I D-28777   (Aug 2020) Featured Photos Closing In

    Members of the various freefly teams who competed in the TeXas Speedway freefly vs. bellyfly event at Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon, Texas, get together after the competition for an angle dive.

    Closing In Photo by Reto Nyffenegger I D-29695   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Closing In

    Mirjam Grossenbacher enjoys a freefly jump at USPA Foreign Affiliate DZ Skydive Switzerland in Reichenbach.

    Closing In Photo by Juan Manuel Forero   (Oct 2020) Featured Photos Closing In

    Liam Wertheimer runs out his landing at Skydive Spaceland–Clewiston in Florida.

    Closing In Photo by Daniel Angulo   (Oct 2020) Featured Photos Closing In

    From top, Todd Gleason, Eric Issacs, Victor Olivo, organizer Luis Prinetto, Max Salinas and Andrei Ponomarev enjoy a sunset angle jump during the Tropical Space Camp at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

    Closing In Photo by Nikko Mamallo   (Jan 2021) Featured Photos Closing In

    Austin Larman (top left) and Josh Sattler fly above (from foreground) Erick Herrhaeger, Andy Farrington and Braden Roseborough during sunset at Kapowsin Air Sports in Shelton, Washington.

    Closing In Photo by Mike McGowan I D-5709   (Feb 2021) Featured Photos Closing In

    Kirk Verner (front) and Niklas Hemlin of 8-way team Airspeed XP8 land in succession after a training jump at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Closing In Photo by Gen Montreuil I D-31992   (Mar 2021) Featured Photos Closing In

    Photo by Gen Montreuil I D-31992

    (From front) Wendi Corbin, Ashley Jordon, Hailee Tashnick and Rob Johnson execute a train exit during Sisters in Skydiving’s Golden Girls Boogie at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

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    Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

    During the P3 Power Play at Skydive Perris in California, 18 jumpers test out a spiral-staircase formation designed by Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld in preparation for attempting a 54-way version of the same formation the next day.

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    Photo by Javier Ortiz | D-28774

    Cayla Siegel (left), Gillian Eastman (right) and Michelle Daimion proudly show their patriotic spirit at Skydive Cross Keys’ 4th of July Boogie in Willliamstown, New Jersey.

    Current Events Photo by Jeff Agard | D-16906   (Aug 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    At Skydive Phoenix in Maricopa, Arizona, Mark Sunman, D-24493, celebrates the 20th anniversary of his first jump by getting current after eight years out of the sport.

    Cypres Demo Team Receives Guinness Record   (Jul 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call

    In May, the CYPRES Demo Team received the official Guinness World Record for Largest Flag Flown While Parachuting. The team set the record when member Ralf Grabowsky flew a 2,607.21-square-meter (28.063.76-square-foot) German flag on July 11, 2017, at the opening ceremony for the CISM World Military Parachuting Championship 2017 in Warendorf, Germany.

    D-1 Becomes JON-23   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Lew Sanborn, D-1, celebrates his 90th birthday at Mid-America Sport Parachute Club in Taylorville, Illinois, where friends held a cookout in his honor and presented him with a certificate proclaiming him the 23rd member of Jumpers Over Ninety (a subgroup of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society).

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    Henry Gonzales, a member of the Latin Skydivers, displays lots of Christmas color in this month's cover photo by Allen Silver.

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    This month's jam-packed issue features a psychedelic cover designed by Carolyn Gruber, USPA's Office Manager.

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    Vic Logan in a head-down dive over Elsinore, CA.  Photo by Paul Grimshaw of Santa Barbara, CA.

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    Pat McGowan touches down on snow capped Sibley Pond in West Pittsfield, ME.  Photo by Helen Godin.

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    U.S. Parachute Team photographer Jim Baker caught this shot of Glenn Bangs, Mark Gabriel and Bob Finn of the U.S. 4-way Team lined up on 40-Tango for a practice exit shortly before their gold medal finish in the World Parachuting Championships.  Not pictured is the fourth member of the team, Andy Gerber (who is inside the aircraft).  This month's story on the World Meet, and the U.S. Team's gold sweep, begins on page 15.

    December 1982 Cover   (Dec 1982) Featured Photos Covers

    Dave Waterman of the British Parachute Association captured Geoff Sanders and Rob Colpus in a stack over the Swiss Alps near St. Moritz.  The jumps were part of a television production for Milk Tray chocolates.

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    Robert McQuilkin took this photo of an unidentified jumper over Innsbruck, Austria during a U.S. Ski Association presentation.  McQuilkin, who has made some seven jumps ("The club went defunct but I'm a great admirer of the sport," he says) is a photo-journalist from Wheaton, IL specializing in adventure sports.  His photos have been published in the New York Times, Field and Stream, Ski, Backpacker, Outside and other similar publications.

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    Photographer Lou Bottoms caught Florida jumper Kathy Embrey following a stream of other jumpers after an exit from the Mr. Douglas DC-3 at the DeLand, FL drop zone earlier this year.  The jumps culminated in a women's world record 48-way formation.

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    Gus Wing, D-7117, strapped his 35mm on the tail of the trail Cessna for this shot of a formation load exit over the Buckingham Parachute Center in Orange, VA.  Pilot Bob Churchill, D-7253, snapped the photo as his airplane emptied.

    December 1986 Cover   (Dec 1986) Featured Photos Covers

    The ranks of skydivers have always included celebrities: professional football players, TV actresses, state politicians.  But this month's cover shows someone of far greater stature touching down with Bill Booth after his first jump: Ron Reagan, the President's son.  Details of Ron's jumps for the "Good Morning America" TV show are on page 17; the cover photo was taken by Michael Takash, a shooter for the News-Journal newspaper in Daytona Beach, FL.

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    Keith Eisberg was among the U.S. contingent at the World Championships of Relative Work in Brazil in late September.  His cover photograph shows the gold medal winning U.S. 8-way team transitioning between two of their record-setting 131 points.  Below the Golden Knights is Rio Iguacu, which forms the border between Brazil and Argentina.

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    Leo Dickinson of Griswold, England took this picture of jumpers leaving from a Casa 212 over Spain.  Courtesy: British Parachute Association.

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    Michelle Byrd (right), age 10 of Mesquite, TX, contributed this month's cover, entitled "My Momma's First 4-Stack, Almost."  The PARACHUTIST staff selected her art from among dozens of other responses to a call for children's cover art in the August issue.  Many of the staff's favorites appear in this month's center spread.  Michelle is picutred here with her sister, Stephanie, age 6 and their mother, Kim, C-19512.

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    Tom Sanders, D-6503, gets back-to-back covers (see last month) with another breathtaking photograph.  This time, it's his favorite subject, Jan Davis, under canopy over Mt. Edgemont in New Zealand.

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    Ian Graham, of Caledonian Graphics in Zephyrhills, FL, designed this year's Nationals logo.  He also provided art for last year's Nationals and last winter's Collegiate Championships.  A skydiver since 1978, Graham is a former member of the British Royal Marines Freefall Skydiving Team who piloted the world's tallest 24-canopy stack.

    December 1992 Cover   (Dec 1992) Featured Photos Covers

    This photograph of Diamond Quest '92, the group that successfully completed a new world record 38-way canopy relative work formation over Richland, WA on October 10, appears courtesy of the Tri-City Herald newspaper located in Tri Cities, WA.  A complete story on the new CRW record appears on page 30 of this issue.

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    Photographer Michael McGowan, D-5709, captures Kate Cooper while she spots a DC-3 over Perris Valley, California during the dropzone's recent 100-way attempts (see Paragrams, page 14).

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    Photographer Michael McGowan, D-5709, captures the 4-way formation skydiving team Arizona Air Speed as they land at the 1994 U.S. Nationals in Eloy, one of the best-attended Nationals in years.  Arizona Air Speed won the 4-way open division with an average of 19.8 points in ten rounds of competition.  For a full report on USPA's National Championships, see page 39.

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    Brian Rogers, D-16358, caught this shot of 10-way speed star champions "DeLand XTZ" during the 1995 U.S. National Skydiving Championships held in DeLand, Florida.  Rogers served on staff as chief cameraman among a crew of 40 filming the event.

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    Freefall photographer Tom Sanders, D-6503, catches members of World Team '96 as they swoop to thier slots on one of 12 world record attempts in Anapa, Russia.  The group's largest formation was a 297-way.  A full report begins on page 26.

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    Photographer Brad Hood of Jump Run Productions catches a unique angle as women build a canopy formation during one of the CRW world record attempts over Perris Valley Skydiving.  For a complete report on the attempts, see page 44.

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    Photographer Eli Thompson took this shot of freeflyers falling head down trailing tubes at this summer's Vichy Boogie in France.

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    Photographer Thomas McDow took this shot of himself and his Orbit Punks freefly teammates, Jim Slaton and Danny Davis, in the reflection of a chrome ball over Skydive Houston in Waller, Texas.

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    Photographer Michael McGowan took this shot of a 4-way and overall formation skydiving national champion Arizona Airspeed at practice over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.  Team members are John Eagle, Craig Girard, Neal Houston, Mark Kirkby and camera flyer Marc Steinbaugh.

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    Photographer Sven Zimmermann took this shot of Steve Curtis (head down) and Omar Alhegelan during a practice jump over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.  The pair, along with camera flyer Tim Straus, are members of Arizona Freeflight, the new national freeflying champions.

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    Photographer Brad Hood of Jump Run Productions took this shot of the 131-way that marks a new women's world-record set during the Jump for the Cause event at Perris Valley Skydiving in California in October.

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    Photographer Norman Kent took this shot of 16-way Deguello turning points on its way to a bronze medal at the 2003 U.S. Nationals at the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales.

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    Photographer Michael McGowan took this shot of national and world champion DeLand Majik members Joey Jones, Doug Park, Gary Smith and Solly Williams turning pieces during the 2004 U.S. Nationals at Perris Valley Skydiving in  California on their way to a second consecutive nationals gold medal.

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    Photographer Roy Muller took this shot of a rodeo-freefly hybrid jump over Bay Area Skydiving in Byron, California.  Holly Umbel rides on J.P. Kelly, who docks on sit-flyer Chris Quaintance, while Keith Myers flies head down.

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    Photographer Thabet Kamal took this shot of (clockwise from left) Egyptian Parachuting Team members Ibrahem Abo Elwafa and Ehab Mahmoud with Brian Pangburn and Chris Gay performing what they believe to be the world's first 4-way downplane over Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales.

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    Photographer Karen Lewis captured this shot of Parachutist Over Phorty Society (POPS) members building a abase while they wait for swoopers to join them on their way to a new 113-way POPS world record.

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    Photographer Wendy Smith captured this shot of instructor Tom Noonan and student Scott Diesel high above the Himalayas during the groundbreaking Skydive Everest expedition this September.

    December 2012 Cover   (Dec 2012) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo courtesy of balazgardi.com for Red Bull
    Felix Baumgartner celebrates after landing in Roswell, New Mexico, after setting the world record for highest altitude skydive.

    December 2013 Cover   (Dec 2013) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369
    At Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida, Gage Galle of the Performance Designs Factory Team "threads the needle" through a group of canopy formation skydivers at PD's Project Orange, an event highlighting all aspects of canopy flight

    December 2014   (Dec 2014) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

    Lesley Gale (center) and Kate Cooper-Jensen (green helmet) lead the base out of the Skyvan during the world record sequential event.

    December 2015 Cover   (Dec 2015) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Rick Winkler | D-32647

    Team Wicked Wingsuits - on its way to winning gold in the first USPA National Championships of Acrobatic Wingsuit Flying.

    December 2016 Cover   (Dec 2016) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Niklas Daniel | D-28906

    EagleBear (Andre Gerner, Joseph Gerner and Nathan Roth) turn points on the way to taking the silver medal in open mixed formation skydiving at the USPA Nationals at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    December 2017 Cover   (Dec 2017) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862

    SDC Core launches a formation on its way to earning the Vertical Formation Skydiving National Championship at the USPA Nationals at Skydive Perris in California.

    December 2018 Cover   (Dec 2018) Featured Photos Covers

    PHOTO BY David Wybenga   |   D-31862

    During the USPA National Parachuting Championships at Skydive Sebastian in Florida, Cheryl Stearns exits the aircraft on her way to winning the gold medal in accuracy landing and setting the U.S. Record for Lowest 10-Round Accuracy Landing Score with a total score of 10 cm. 

    December 2019 Cover   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

    John Skinner wears a bright and color-coordinated outfit for a freefly jump at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York. 

    December 2020 Cover   (Dec 2020) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Craig Amrine | D-23425

    Vanessa Larroca participates in the Flips and Shenanigans freestyle event and competition at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    December 2021 Cover   (Dec 2021) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Benjamin Forde | D-30397

    Brendan Haddon of Kapowsin Air Sports leaves everything out on the pond as he swoops his way to a gold medal in the advanced class of canopy piloting-freestyle at the USPA National Championships at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

     

    Desert Birds Photo by Juan Mayer | D-26130   (Mar 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Johann Kruger, Rashid Abdullah and Darren Burke fly their wingsuits at the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus in the United Arab Emirates.

    Desert Sunset Photo by Juan Mayer | D-26130   (Apr 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Canopy pilot Junior Ludvik and wingsuit pilot Calin Dobos fly together at the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus in the United Arab Emirates.

    Don’t Let It Give You a Big Head Photo by Wes Moraes | D-28020   (Mar 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo

    Instructors Roberto Olazabal and Rich LaBarr (as Nextiva phone company’s mascot XBert) make a promotional jump over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Feataured DZ Photo by Dale Warner | D-28151   (Jun 2019) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Richard Garrett (top) and Kendall Sage of the Silver Wings Parachute Team fly a 2-stack at Skydive Atlanta.

    Featured DZ Photo by Roy Wimmer-Jablom   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Photo by Roy Wimmer-Jablom | USPA #279679
    Team Zion Freefly makes a practice jump at Skydive DeLand in Florida.

    Featured DZ Photo by Zack Line   (Jul 2018) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Andy Beck and Jarod Thompson sit fly at Oklahoma Skydiving Center.

    Photo by Zack Line  |  D-36774

    Featured DZ Photo by Jessice Brownlow   (Aug 2018) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Brian Genereux hangs from a helicopter during the Bay Area Skydiving’s Grand Reopening Boogie on Memorial Day weekend.

    Photo by Jessice Brownlow | D-30516

    Featured DZ Photo by Max Sidner   (Sep 2018) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Amy and Cliff Butler exit over Skydive Monroe.

    Photo by Max Sidner | D-24801

    Featured DZ Photo by Reto Nyffenegger | D-29695   (Mar 2019) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Tamsyn Signe leads a wingsuit flock during the March of the Penguins Boogie at Paracentrum Texel.

    Featured DZ Photo by Eduardo Garibi | D-24051   (Apr 2019) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Tandem instructor Alejandro Riebeling takes a break from making student jumps to skysurf over South Padre Island.

    Featured DZ Photo by Gen Montreuil | D-31992   (May 2019) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    From left, Vicky Benzing, Matt Beaubien and Terry Burch make a balloon jump at Skydive Arizona.

    Featured DZ Photo by George Hargis  | D-36681   (Jul 2019) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Andy Riggs and Ally Lesnick make a 2-way head-up jump at Skydive Milwaukee.

    Featured DZ Photo by David Phillips  | D-36806   (Aug 2019) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Jumpers fly head down during West Plains Skydiving’s Memorial Weekend Boogie.

    Featured DZ Photo by Allison Gillilan | D-36806   (Sep 2019) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    DZOs Mike Bohn and Leland Procell skim across the landing area at Orange Skies Free Fall Center.

    Featured DZ Photo by David Major | D-8351   (Oct 2019) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Arturo Espinosa celebrates his 300th jump and 43rd birthday by making a hybrid with Manrique Ramirez Sabat and Bernardo Jimenez Vega at Skydive Pura Vida.

    Featured DZ Photo by Salim Rubiales | D-35624   (Nov 2019) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Anais Zanotti, Gabriela Fleury de Castro, Justin Hope and Jake Johnson freefly at Skydive Miami.

    Featured DZ Photo by Lonnie Kirk | D-18988   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Jeff Weiss makes a sunset swoop at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio.

    Featured DZ Photo by Aref Al Awadhi | D-27077   (Jan 2020) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Faris Al Obaid, Mohammed Al Mutairi, Nicole Arnulphy and Abraham Harutyunyan fly a tube formation at Kuwait Skydive & Fly.

    Featured DZ Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Feb 2020) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Jumpers fly a head-down formation during the Live Bigz event at Skydive Spaceland–Dallas.

    Featured DZ Photo by Kristian Caulder | D-27107   (Mar 2020) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    At Skydive Elsinore, Brian Hromin leads an angle jump toward the Santa Rosa Mountains. 

    Featured DZ Photo by Nikko Mamallo | D-34272   (May 2020) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Kyle Donohue (top) and Kevin Gallay fly a wingsuit stack at Kapowsin Air Sports in Shelton, Washington.

    Featured DZ Photo by Nick Cahill   (Jun 2020) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Nick Cahill smiles for a selfie at Pacific Skydiving Center.

    Featured DZ Photo by Nick Nash | D-36692   (Jul 2020) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Bradley Allen hangs below Mariah Funcannon (left) and Steve Osner at Skydive Kansas City.

    Featured DZ Photo by Bert Navarrete | D-19159   (Aug 2020) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Jamie Miller follows Ryan Uldrich out the door as he leads an angle jump at Skydive Cross Keys.

    Featured DZ Photo by Andrew Matsis | D-38560   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Brendan Greeley (left) and wingsuit flyer Alexander Lemaire carve around each other at Skydive Danielson.

    Featured Event Photo By Seth Kuttruff   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos Featured Event

     Photo by Seth Kuttruff | D-32445

    On a drizzly day during the Cheese Boogie at Skydive Milwaukee in East Troy, Wisconsin, Vanessa Mohawk follows four jumpers out the door (from left, Joshua Gifford, Adam Wirtz, Dan Wagner and Tim Hajewski) as they launch a head-up round.

    Featured Event Photo by Norman Kent   (Jul 2018) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Jumpers angle fly at the March Fly4Life Flight Camp at Skydive DeLand in Florida.

    Photo by Norman Kent  |  D-8369

    Featured Event Photo by David Bryce   (Aug 2018) Featured Photos Featured Event

    During a weekend of jumping out of history at Jumptown in Orange, Massachusetts, Casey Tylek exits Whiskey 7, a World War II-era C-47 that carried 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers during the D-Day invasions.

    Photo by David Bryce | D-20372

    Featured Event Photo by Nathan Roth   (Sep 2018) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Alex Patterson and Erick Arevalo work on head-down exits with Brianne Thompson during the Arizona X-Force Vericial Challenge at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Photo by Nathan Roth | C-41152

    Featured Event Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369   (Mar 2019) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Jumpers fly a formation during the Wingsuit World Record Attempts at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

    Featured Event Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530   (Apr 2019) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Jumpers build a sunset canopy formation during January’s Freeze Your Buns Off Boogie at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

    Featured Event Photo by George Katsoulis | USPA #93010   (May 2019) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Jumpers exit at Skydive Elsinore in California on their way to setting a 27-way Korean Record for Largest Formation Skydive.

    Featured Event Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Jun 2019) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Travis Mickle swoops the pond on his way to taking the overall bronze medal at Florida Canopy Piloting Association Meet 2 at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

    Featured Event Photo by Gary Wainwright | USPA #137455   (Jul 2019) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Jumpers fly a formation at the Sequential Games event organized by Milko Hodgkinson, Dieter Kirsch and Patrick Passe at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Algarve in Portugal.

    Featured Event Photo by Luciano Bacque | USPA #140185   (Aug 2019) Featured Photos Featured Event

    At the P3 Spring Fling at Skydive Perris in California, jumpers build one of the intricate big-way formations that are the hallmarks of the event.

    Featured Event Photo by Zach Lewis | D-21616   (Sep 2019) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Erin Lewis (pink helmet) organizes a 3-way for newer jumpers at the Cinco de Mayo Boogie at Skydive Orange in Virginia.

    Featured Event Photo by Jeff Donohue | C-36419   (Oct 2019) Featured Photos Featured Event

    From left, Bryce Schunke, Travis Mickle, Gilles Gueveneux and Dylan Mitchell enjoy a wingsuit skydive at the Flock ‘til You Drop event at Sky’s the Limit in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

    Featured Event Photo by Eddie Phillips | USPA #317981   (Nov 2019) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Melissa Abner flies her canopy in for landing at the Sisters in Skydiving Boogie at Skydive Tennessee in Tullahoma.

    Featured Event Photo by Michael Brewer  | D-33350   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Kevin Arcamona chases down the base during Skydive Midwest’s Freefly Fest invitational sequential event in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.

    Featured Event Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Jan 2020) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Marina Prokopenko comes in for landing at the Gemini Bridges geologic formation during the MOAB Boogie hosted by Skydive Moab in Utah.

    Featured Event Photo by Anthony Zerbonia | D-34481   (Feb 2020) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Flanked by wingsuit flyers Andy Kenny and Melissa Pettito, Richo Butts flies his canopy atop a backflying Kenny David Covel during Wingsuit Weekend at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio.

    Featured Event Photo by Daniel Darby | D-33942   (Mar 2020) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Kasha Farrington flies in a wingsuit stack over Katie Hansen at the She Flocks event at Skydive Perris in California.

    Featured Event Photo by Daniel Darby | D-33942   (Mar 2020) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Kasha Farrington flies in a wingsuit stack over Katie Hansen at the She Flocks event at Skydive Perris in California.

    Featured Event Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Apr 2020) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Larry Melton flies the American flag on Veteran’s Day during the Jump For Valor Boogie at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

    Featured Event Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369   (May 2020) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Jumpers at the New Year’s Beach Boogie at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Cuautla in Mexico enjoy a sunset tracking jump organized by Luis Prinetto and Remi Angeli. 

    Featured Event Photo by Marco Fürst | D-32690   (Jun 2020) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Matt Leonard, Andreas Mosling, Marcus Denniston, Allison Reay, Matt Siegman and Cameron King fly in formation at the Flock and Flow canopy piloting event at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

    Featured Event Photo by Marco Fürst | D-32690   (Jun 2020) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Matt Leonard, Andreas Mosling, Marcus Denniston, Allison Reay, Matt Siegman and Cameron King fly in formation at the Flock and Flow canopy piloting event at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

    Featured Event Photo by Eddie Phillips | USPA #397981   (Jul 2020) Featured Photos Featured Event

    John Pitts lands during the re-opening weekend at Skydive Tennessee in Tullahoma.

    Featured Event Photo by Chris Wagner | D-5479   (Aug 2020) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Jumpers participate in the Virginia state sequential formation skydiving record attempts—which nearly completed before one of the planes experienced mechanical trouble and ended the attempts—at Skydive Suffolk.

    Featured Event Photo by Garth Baker | USPA #346098   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Sven Jeseppi swoops in during a speed round at the Florida Canopy Piloting Association meet at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Daniel Schiermeyer   (Apr 2018) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Jumpers fly an early-season sunset 19-way over Skydive Carolina in Chester South Carolina to celebrate Lauren Piscetalli, D-34257, making her 3,000th jump and Amie Begg, C-46156, making her 400th.

    Photo by Daniel Schiermeyer  |  D-31153

    Featured Jumper   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos

     Photo by Tom Sanders |  D-6503

    At the Boogie in Belize, Elizabeth Higgins, D-13274, who was not current but wanted to make her 1,000th jump over the Great Blue Hole, fulfills her wish on a tandem with instructor Andy Malchiodi.

    Featured Jumper by Elliot Byrd   (Jul 2018) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Photo By Elliot Byrd | D-32251

    Sean Van Acker, B-46379, celebrates his 100th jump with Courtney McCarthy at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, while wearing Chewbacca costumes.

    Featured Jumper By Pete Jabczynski   (Aug 2018) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    By Pete Jabczynski| D-25812

    At Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, T.J. Hine, D-13580, catches the photographer’s eye as he prepares to exit for his 5,000th jump.

    Featured Jumper by Noah Clarke   (Sep 2018) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    By Noah Clark| D-36812

    Wearing rig with a tertiary canopy, Noah Clarke hangs under a 28-foot-diameter round parachute manufactured in January 1953 that he will cut away to celebrate his 1,000th skydive.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468   (Jan 2019) To New Heights Featured Photos

    At Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York, Jim Cupples, D-23572, flies his canopy back to the DZ during his 10,000th jump.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251   (Feb 2019) To New Heights Featured Photos

    Joe Abeln and Laura Golly celebrate their engagement by doing a 2-way at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Katie Mendonca   (Mar 2019) To New Heights Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    At Dallas Skydive Center in Caddo Mills, Texas, Ken Gillespie, D-2952, waves to the camera after making a jump with streamers to celebrate his 50th anniversary of skydiving.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Ioannis Vlachiotis | D-31871   (Apr 2019) To New Heights Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    At Skydive Athens in Kastro, Greece, Panagiotis Spanos, A-78613, makes a scantily-clad, midwinter jump to celebrate his 100th skydive.

    Featured Jumper Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862   (May 2019) To New Heights Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Steve Woodford (maroon rig) celebrates his 1,000th skydive since having a liver transplant by building a “1,000 L” formation (complete with comma) with friends at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858   (Jun 2019) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Karen Bodin (purple helmet), D-37818, makes one of a series of birthday jumps organized by Kevin Kierce at Skydive Perris in California.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Ioannis Vlachiotis | D-31871   (Jul 2019) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Tasos Michalopoulos (center), B-45316, celebrates his 38th birthday with 10 friends at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Athens in Kopaida, Greece.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858   (Sep 2019) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Duffy Fainer, D-9662, makes his 4,000th jump in the center of a room dive during the Top Flight 20-Ways event at Skydive Perris in California.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Rich Robinson | D-27420   (Oct 2019) To New Heights Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Jay Luccioni (black and yellow rig), D-9753, celebrates the 40th anniversary of his first jump with friends at Aerohio Skydiving Center in Rittman, Ohio. 

    Featured Jumper Photo by Bryan Buechler | D-20455   (Nov 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo

    Jason and Mel Jerusalem, D-26171 and D-26162, celebrate 15 years of marriage by making a jump at Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

    Featured Jumper Photos by Pete Jabczynski | D-25812   (Dec 2019) To New Heights Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    On back-to-back loads organized by T.J. Hine at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, Doug Janssen (left photo, red helmet), C-46750, celebrates his 2,000th jump and Larry Stein (right photo, blue jumpsuit with black grippers), D-9016, celebrates his 5,000th jump.

    Featured Jumper Photos by Kamuran Bayrasli | D-21394   (Jan 2020) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Mike Scotton (red, yellow and black rig), D-33933, makes his 1,000th jump with friends at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Feb 2020) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Monica Dunigan (10 o’clock), B-51298, celebrates her 100th jump with friends during the Ladies by the Lake Boogie at Cleveland Skydiving Center in Garrettsville, Ohio.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Adrian Daszkowski | D-31628   (Mar 2020) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Ingvild Finvåg, D-34774, celebrates her 600th jump by hanging from a hybrid with friends at Skydive Spain in Seville.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468   (Apr 2020) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    At the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, Xiaoyang Ma, A-91902, competes for the first time at the USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships, where he took a bronze in novice sport accuracy. 

    Featured Jumper Photo by Tom Sanders  | D-6503   (May 2020) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    At sunrise during Tsunami Skydivers Exotic Boogies’ event in the Maldives, John Dobleman (whom most jumpers know as “Mad John”), D-7790, takes the center of the formation during his 6,000th skydive.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Alex Swindle | D-31305   (Jun 2020) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    John and Alex Hicks (yellow helmets, center), D-23553 and D-23554, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with friends at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Pete Jabczynski | D-25812   (Jul 2020) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Tom Camire (green helmet), D-25536, makes his 2,700th jump during Summerfest 2019 at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois. 

    Featured Jumper Photo by Alex Swindle | D-31305   (Aug 2020) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    David Robinson (red and white rig), D-33346, and friends celebrate his 70th birthday with a 17-way formation of the number 70 at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Pete Jabczynski | D-25812   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Phil Lamm (upper right, blue helmet) and friends complete a 16-way in celebration of his 3,000th jump at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

    Featured Jumper Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Oct 2020) People Featured Photos

    Ben Renze (green shoes) celebrates his 100th jump with a hybrid skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

    Featured Jumpers Photo by Sean Kennedy | D-37877   (Aug 2019) To New Heights Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

    Taryn Mikel, B-48432, and Bob Haas, C-46715, make a jump to celebrate their engagement at Wisconsin Skydiving Center in Jefferson, where they met shortly after completing their AFF courses.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Terry Hopkins   (Apr 2018) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Videographer Lauren Piscatelli shoots her mother making a skydive with tandem instructor Dan Hammond at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

    Photo by Terry Hopkins | D-24503

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Jeff Agard   (May 2018) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    During an AFF Instructor Rating Course at Skydive Phoenix in Maricopa, Arizona, candidate Jason Allison (top) exits with AFF Instructor Examiner Dave Lepka for an evaluation jump. 

    Photo by Jeff Agard  |  D-16906

    Featured Training Photo Photo By Mark Leglise   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Tony Bourke uses humor and colorful language to get across his points during a Safety Day presentation at Skydive Oregon in Molalla. 

     Photo by Mark Leglise | C-44062 

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Ioannis Vlachiotis   (Jul 2018) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    AFF Instructors Anastasis Sideris and Dimitris Sourlis fly with student Christos Tsoros at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Athens in Kastro, Greece. 

    Photo by Ioannis Vlachiotis | D-31871

    Featured Training Photo Photo by David Cherry   (Aug 2018) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Having just landed, a tandem pair watches another pair come in on its final approach at Skydive Orange in Virginia.

    Photo by David Cherry | D-33500

    Featured Training Photo Photo By David Gerstein   (Sep 2018) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    AFF Instructor Cat Brown gives a hand signal to her student at Connecticut Parachutists Inc. in Ellington.

    Photo By David Gerstein  | D-28242

    Featured Training Photo Photo by David Cherry   (Oct 2018) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Instructors Tammer Ramini (left and Dan Doyle take and AFF student on his first jump at Skydive Orange in Virginia.

    Photo by David Cherry | D-33500

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Elliot Byrd   (Nov 2018) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    From left, William Middlebrooks, Cate Allington and Lauren Byrd practice an AFF exit from the Otter during CarolinaFest at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

    Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251

    Featured Training Photo By Steve Curtis | D-20818   (Dec 2018) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Niklas Daniel practices a head-down outfacing carve around a skyball over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Photo by Steve Curtis | D-20818

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468   (Jan 2019) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    At Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York, AFF student Kyle Nielson makes his required hop-and-pop jump from 3,500 feet.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Stefania Martinengo | D-23147   (Feb 2019) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    At Skydive DeLand in Florida, instructor Luis Prinetto hosts a discussion with attendees of a Leading Workshop course, which gives flyers the tools to successfully lead and participate in movement jumps. 

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Luke Aikins | D-21189   (Mar 2019) Safety & Training Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Safety and Training Advisor Keri Bell points out the signatures of the 59 A-license holders that Skydive Kapowsin in Shelton, Washington, trained in 2018.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Krystle Wright for Red Bull   (Apr 2019) Safety & Training Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    During a USPA Tandem Instructor Rating Course during the Red Bull Fly Girls event at Skydive DeLand in Florida, rating candidate Katie Hansen and a faux student perform a mock exit.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Ioannis Vlachiotis | D-31871   (May 2019) Safety & Training Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Instructors Anastasis Sideris and Dimitris Sourlis exit with a Category C AFF student at Skydive Athens in Kopaida, Greece.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Zach Lewis | D-21616   (Jun 2019) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Michael Erickson (black and yellow rig) coaches John Kidd Sr. at Skydive Spaceland-Dallas in Whitewright, Texas.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251   (Jul 2019) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Paul Wyckoff (right) gets freefly coaching from P.J. Jackson at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Nick Rockow | D-28792   (Aug 2019) Safety & Training Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    North Central Regional Director and AFF Instructor Examiner Michael Wadkins geeks the camera while evaluating instructor candidates Connor McCauley and Constantin Mircea Moisei during an AFF rating course at Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin, Wisconsin.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Sep 2019) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Fashion model Gracen Taylor-Marie Kerr makes her first skydive with instructor David Fulk at CarolinaFest at Skydive Carolina in South Carolina. (Weird coincidence alert: The instructor, student and photographer on this jump all share the same birthday—December 11.)

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468   (Oct 2019) Safety & Training Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Diana Martin checks her altitude during an AFF jump with instructors Erin Engelsen (left) and Dennis Dorman at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Mari Kossman | B-50628   (Nov 2019) Safety & Training Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    AFF Instructor Tim Hajewski guides an AFF student through the landing pattern at Skydive Milwaukee in East Troy, Wisconsin.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Carlos Rodriguez | D-33453   (Dec 2019) Safety & Training Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    A tandem student points out his altitude as he makes his first skydive with instructor Jeff Whitt at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Mark Kirschenbaum/Hypoxic | D-28511   (Jan 2020) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    During the Aeronautrixx Unicorn Sisters in Skydiving Boogie at Skydive California in Tracy, organizer Julie Kleinwort and Jack Wang assemble a Mr. Potato Head in freefall, a fun activity that also helps to develop proximity skills. 

    Featured Training Photo Photo by George Katsoulis | USPA #93010   (Feb 2020) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Organizer Christy Frikken smiles for the camera while leading a jump during the P3 Sequential Camp at Skydive Perris in California.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530   (Mar 2020) Safety & Training Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Canopy formation coach Brian Stempin high fives new CF jumper Scot Flynn during a training jump at the Freeze Your Pups event at Skydive DeLand in Florida.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Melanie Johnson | D-28964   (Apr 2020) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Instructors Kyle Whittier and Carmen Villamil (who mentions this photo in her “Profile” in this issue) take a student on his first AFF jump at Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Gen Montreuil | D-31992   (May 2020) Safety & Training Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    At Skydive Arizona in Eloy, veteran canopy formation skydivers Kevin Vetter (top) and Pat Marcanio (center) teach Julia Wilde the finer points of taking docks as she learns the discipline.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Brian Festi | D-26788   (Jun 2020) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Jumpers gather around a life-flight helicopter during a Safety Day seminar at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Dave Bryce | D-20372   (Jul 2020) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Instructor Matt Leonard of Superior Flight Solutions films James Deller’s landing for use in the debrief during a canopy course at Jumptown in Orange Massachusetts.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by Eddie Phillips | USPA #317981   (Aug 2020) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Justin Fuller performs a gear check on Alyssa Buron before boarding the plane at Skydive Tennessee in Tullahoma.

    Featured Training Photo Photo by David Gerstein | D-28242   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    Tandem instructor Mike Hennessy gears up a tandem student at Connecticut Parachutists Inc. in Ellington.

    February 1969 Cover   (Feb 1969) Featured Photos Covers

    Doug Goff of the USMA shot this striking composition of silhouettes during the NCPL Meet at Zephyrhills, Florida.

    February 1979 Cover   (Feb 1979) Featured Photos Covers

    Bill Sutton photographed these jumpers doing a small load over Pelicanland, MD.  For a fresh look at "small stuff", see "Quality vs. Quantity" by Roger Hull on page 19.

    February 1980 Cover   (Feb 1980) Featured Photos Covers

    Artist Paul Bond is a skydiver and commercial artist in Des Plaines, IL.  He first envisioned this 12-way "planet" after seeing films on TV of the first 50-way at Elsinore, CA.  Bond has spent much free time since then drafting, sketching and painting this artwork, an appropriate symbol of skydiving in the decade to come.  He feels this dive "is the next logical step in freefall formations," and adds "I hope people have fun trying to figure out how to do this one in freefall."  For related story see page 19.

    February 1981 Cover   (Feb 1981) Featured Photos Covers

    "Diver" Dan Gonzales displays the typical reaction to the typical pie facial after his 1,000th jump at Pacific Parachute Center in Sheridan, OR.  The 1,000-jump load was a 16-way Jewel, with Diver Dan backing the 16th.  Pictures at left are participants on the load: left to right kneeling—Paul (Rastus) Siemienczuk, Terry Kowing, Randy Kerr, Mike Milota and Tim Davies; left to right standing—Diver Dan, Terry (Bonz) Dean, Nancy Smith, Mike (Michigan) Sandberg, Marty Scott, Steve Wells, Lance R. O'Mance, Sally Wenner, Larry (LDK) Kelley and Jack DeChristopher.  Not pictures is Russell Rallens.  Both photos by Susan E Ferrell.

    February 1982 Cover   (Feb 1982) Featured Photos Covers

    Pattie Gillespie caught Joy Burtis landing on the bow of the 65-foot yacht Shaman in Lake Union near Seattle, WA on her 1,000th jump.  Jumps of this nature can be very tricky and must be made in accordance with USPA's Basic Safety Regulations.  In addition, they should also conform with USPA Part 113, Doctrine, Water Jumps; and USPA Part 118, Doctrine, Demonstration Jumps.

    February 1983 Cover   (Feb 1983) Featured Photos Covers

    Gus Wing, D-7117, caught this shot of the Tubesteak Boogie group forming a 24-way donut flake over Brooksville, FL at sunset.  Wing jumps regularly at the Orange drop zone in Charlottesville, VA.

    February 1984 Cover   (Feb 1984) Featured Photos Covers

    Craig Fronk got the top cover picture of teammates Kent Lane, Dave Wilds, Irv Callahan and Mike Sheerin.  The fivesome, with only a few practice dives together, nonetheless managed to bring home a silver medal in the 4-way event at the World Championships of Relative Work in South Africa, Dec. 9-19.

    Team Leader Dona Reilly took the picture of the U.S. 8-way Team that took home not only the gold medal, but a world record as well.  Standing left to right are Mike Sheerin, Dave Wilds, Kent Lane, Scott Meek and Irv Callahan; kneeling are Danny Peters, Mike Parnell and Craig Fronk.  Not pictured are team members Ken Crabtree and Mike Gennis.

    February 1985 Cover   (Feb 1985) Featured Photos Covers

    Tanya Stringham, D-7121, leaned out the window of Bill Dause's DC-3 to get this exit shot of the Dead Meat 10-way team during the Best of the West meet at the Lodi, CA DZ.  Although reigning national champions of the 10-way event, Dead Meat was beaten by The Clutch at the Best of the West competition.

    February 1986 Cover   (Feb 1986) Featured Photos Covers

    Craig Hanson, D-8245, got this shot of the Impulse 8-way team in practice over Perris Valley, CA.  Impulse finished in a tie for fifth at the 1985 National Skydiving Championships in Muskogee, OK.

    February 1987 Cover   (Feb 1987) Featured Photos Covers

    Frequent PARACHUTIST contributor Gus Wing, like several other freefall photographers, traveled a lot last year, keeping his camera pointed at several world record large RW formation attempts.  He brought back this photo from British Columbia where some 12 tries at the first 100-way formation fell just short of success.  The 100-way barrier was broken in Muskogee the following month, but that record stood for less than 30 days before the 120-way in Quincy, IL  established the current mark.

    February 1988 Cover   (Feb 1988) Featured Photos Covers

    Peter Degerfeldt of Sweden, featured in last month's issue of PARACHUTIST for his descent by parachute from Mt. Everest, is also the winner of the 1987 Parashootist Photo Contest in the air-to-air category.  Degerfeldt wins a complete new skydiving system for this shot of himself exiting a Pitts Special biplane piloted by Orvar Bergvall.  More contest winners are featured in this issue, beginning on page 16.

    February 1989 Cover   (Feb 1989) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike McGowan captures the graceful and daring Sandra Williams suspended on a trapeze below her teammate Marsha Buckentin.  The two Floridians perform with the Misty Blues skydiving exhibition team nationwide.  According to Buckentin, how to perform the trapeze trick is a "team secret."

    February 1990 Cover   (Feb 1990) Featured Photos Covers

    Jamie Paul provided this winterscape featuring the new kids on the CRW block, Quantum Leap, practicing over the Archway Parachute Center in Sparta, IL.  The team clobbered some of the perennial winners to place second during U.S. Team tryouts at Clewiston, FL over the Christmas and New Year's holiday.

    February 1991 Cover   (Feb 1991) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike Ince, D-7424, sneaks up behind Sherry Herssig over SkyDance Skydiving in Davis, CA, nestled in the wine country northeast of San Francisco.

    February 1992 Cover   (Feb 1992) Featured Photos Covers

    Norman Kent, D-8369, was on hand to film a group of world class skydivers invited to perform at the Club Med resort in Eleuthra in the Bahamas last October.  He shot this group exiting from a Twin Otter over the island.

    February 1993 Cover   (Feb 1993) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Tom Sanders, D-6503, captured this shot of Jan Davis over Monument Valley, Utah while filming a television commercial for a German razor blade manufacturer.

    February 1994 Cover   (Feb 1994) Featured Photos Covers

    World famous skydiving photographer Norman Kent captured his wife Deanna practicing her freestyle techniques in the skies over DeLand, FL, during a freefall shooting session for Kent's new book—just published— which features the best of his lifetime photo collection.

    February 1995 Cover   (Feb 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    Freefall cameraman Jamie Paul, D-12641, took this 8-way shot over the Missouri River Valley Skydivers in Lexington, Missouri.  Paul, a professional studio photographer by trade, has placed in the top three videographer slots in world freestyle competition for the past four years.

    February 1996 Cover   (Feb 1996) Featured Photos Covers

    Ron Griffith, D-16869, captures a 10-way falling through the warm Florida skies over Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida.

    February 1997 Cover   (Feb 1997) Featured Photos Covers

    Freefall photographer Jo Stanley took this picture of the German 8-way team completing a double satellite during a practice jump over Skydive DeLand in DeLand Florida.  This European team is one of many that uses DeLand as a training ground.

    February 1998 Cover   (Feb 1998) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brent Finley took this shot of Arizona Airspeed 8 launching an exit out of the Twin Otter during a practice jump over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    February 1999 Cover   (Feb 1999) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Joe McBride took this shot of Colorado jumper Nick Kaminski maneuvering through the air blades at last summer's World Freefall Convention in Quincy, Illinois.

    February 2000 Cover   (Feb 2000) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom Sanders of Aerial Focus arranged this shot from a camera strapped to organizer Tony Domenico's stomach during the 282-way world record in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.  The shot was fired via remote control as Domenico deployed out of the completed formation, signalling breakoff.

    February 2001 Cover   (Feb 2001) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Steve Utter took this shot of freeflyers building a three-dimensional formation during the recent Space Games at Skydive America Palm Beach in Pahokee, Florida.  The jumpers are (left to right) Dave Brown and Rook Nelson head down, Tom Balzer and Alejandro Ramos on their bellies and (top to bottom) Chris Fiala and Max Cohn on their feet.

    February 2002 Cover   (Feb 2002) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Craig O'Brien took this shot of Eli Thompson holding a tube as he docks on skysurfer Gonzalo Espinosa from Argentina during the Flyboyz Freefly Film Festival at Perris Valley Skydiving in California this past November.

    February 2003 Cover   (Feb 2003) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Jason Peters took this shot of the completed 300-way that set a new world record for largest freefall formation December 12, 2002, over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    February 2004 Cover   (Feb 2004) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Jason Peters took this photo of a group of women exiting the Skyvan during the women's head-down world record attempts last November at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.  The event yielded a 16-way world record.

    February 2005 Cover   (Feb 2005) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Bryan Scott took this shot of canopy formation jumpers flying a 16-way diamond as part of a training camp that Mike Lewis conducted during the Thanksgiving Boogie at Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida.

    February 2006 Cover   (Feb 2006) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Francisco Neri of the Performance Designs Factory Team took this self-portrait with a foot-mounted camera while flying his canopy over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    February 2007 Cover   (Feb 2007) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Harry Parker took this shot of formation skydivers exiting over Skydive Sebstian in Florida on a jump organized by Lyle Presse during the DZ's Psycho Carnivale weekend.

    February 2008 Cover   (Feb 2008) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer David Major captured this shot of Mike Messick trailing a streamer under canopy above Black Rock City, Nevada, during the annual Burning Man festival.

    February 2009 Cover   (Feb 2009) Featured Photos Covers

    Willy Boeykens captured this photograph of jumpers exiting the Ecuadorean Air Force's C-130 Hercules over Boogie Ecuador in Salinas.

    February 2012 Photo By Dawie du Plessis | USPA# 190345   (Feb 2012) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Dawie du Plessis | USPA# 190345
    In the Himalayas, Bill Booth jumps from 30,000 feet with Mount Everest as his backdrop.

    February 2013 Cover   (Feb 2013) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Rolf Kuratle | C-28064
    On his way to winning the overall gold medal for canopy piloting, Curt Bartholomew competes in a distance round during the 2013 World Parachuting Championships at Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

    February 2014 Covers   (Feb 2014) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Jason Peters | D-23332
    At Skydive Arizona in Eloy, 63 jumpers set the Women's World Record for Largest Head-Down Formation.

    February 2015 Cover   (Feb 2015) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Samantha Schwann | C-37975 

    Niklas Daniel swoops the pond at Skydive Arizona. 

    February 2016 Cover   (Feb 2016) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Juan Mayer | D-26130

    The U.S. Army Golden Knights 8-way formation skydiving team makes a practice jump for the World Air Games at Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where the team took the gold medal and set a single-round world record of 33 points.

    February 2017 Cover   (Feb 2017) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Willy Boeykens | USPA #10569

    Phoenix-Fly team Need 4 Speed builds a formation during its five-day artistic wingsuit flying event at the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus in the United Arab Emirates.

    February 2018 Cover   (Feb 2018) Homepage Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Daniel Dupuis | D-33713
    Wes Sandler (top) and Anthony Zerbonia back fly in their wingsuits at Skydive San Diego in Jamul, California.

    February 2019 Cover   (Feb 2019) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Michael Tomaselli  |  D-18530

    Canopy pilot Iain Jensen and wingsuit flyer Will Kitto fly an XRW formation through the keyhole of a canopy formation during the Project Blacklist 2018 event at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.  

    February 2020 Cover   (Feb 2020) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Bruno Brokken | USPA #96017

    Jim Dolan, Brad Jessey, Janet Jessey and Casey Pruett fly a 4-way over Meteor Crater, the most well-preserved meteor-impact site in the world, in the desert of Arizona.

    February 2021 Cover   (Feb 2021) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

    Jumpers exit during the Florida Head-Down Record attempts hosted by Collective Pitch at Skydive DeLand, where they set a 47-way state record.

    Flagging Down a Record Photo by Sergey Ignatov | D-35570   (Mar 2019) People Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    On December 30, three Kuwaiti Army officers and USPA members, Salem Almail, Nasser Alsabah and Fahad Alyaqoub, set the Guinness World Record for Largest Flag Flown in Freefall with a 63-square-meter (approximately 678-square-foot) flag at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Qatar in Al Khor, United Arab Emirates.

    Florida Breezes Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530   (Apr 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Team Fastrax practices advanced flag-flying techniques at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

    Fly By Night Photo By Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

    Kyle Stubbs swoops in for landing during the Fitz Boogie, an annual St. Patrick’s Day event in Fitzgerald, Georgia.

    Flying unicorns Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    A herd of unicorns (Michelle Hart, Karla Katherine, Jeannette Copeland and Marina Prokopenko) takes to the skies at the Aeronautrixx Unicorn Boogie, a Sisters in Skydiving event at Skydive California in Tracy.

    Follow the Sun Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530   (Mar 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Canopy formation skydivers fly a 16-way at the Freeze Your Buns Off Boogie at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

    For Dad Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    At Skydive San Diego in Jamul, California, instructor Patrick Woodruff takes Rachelle Babler for a tandem skydive to release the ashes of her father, 28-year Navy veteran Stanley Ljosdal. Ljosdal never got to make a jump, and Babler said, “That’s why I had to do it for him.”

    Forever Over Ohio Photo by Lonnie Kirk | D-18988   (Oct 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Dave Lunardi releases the ashes of longtime jumper Terry Zimmerlin, D-12981, at the Cleveland Skydiving Center in Garrettsville, Ohio.

    Forever the Queen Photo by Norris Gearhart | D-24594   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    During the Carol Clay Birthday Boogie at Virginia Skydiving Center in Petersburg, jumpers celebrate the life of the jumper known to all as "the Queen" by making her honorary 20,000th skydive.

    Game of Jones Photo by Terry Schumacher | D-22794   (Apr 2018) Homepage Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo

    Photo by Terry Schumacher | D-22794

    During a 10-way speed formation skydiving competition at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, team Games of Jones—featuring patriarch Bill Jones and five other members of his family—build a point.

    Golden Anniversary   (Aug 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    While at Mile-Hi Skydiving Center in Longmont, Colorado, celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first jump, Bill Boles, D-2907, poses in the landing area with his daughter, Kristin, who is an AFF student and accompanied her father in the plane for the occasion.

    Golden Opportunity Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251   (Nov 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call

    At Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, the U.S. Army Golden Knights 8-way formation skydiving team trains for the World Championships.

    Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251

    Honoring a Friend Photo by Andrew Revesz | USPA # 343132   (Nov 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Jumpers honor longtime formation skydiver and rigger Jim Tafralian, who died in an August plane crash, by building a “JT” in the air at Midwest Freefall Sport Parachute Club in Ray, Michigan.

    Hop And Popping The Question Photo by August Haeuser   (Jul 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Photo by August Haeuser | D-32152

    How It Was Captured: “Echoes in Time” A Parachutist Staff Report | Photos by Brianne Thompson   (Jul 2021) Featured Photos

    In honor of USPA’s 75th anniversary, Niklas Daniel, D-28906, of AXIS Fight School captured the striking photo that is the centerspread of this issue of Parachutist.

    In the Skies Again Photo by Austin George | D-37428   (Jul 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    From left: Matt Congdon, Keith Jones, Chris Haslam, Colin Conway and Scott Robinson enjoy a canopy flock at Skydive Midwest in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, the weekend after quarantine lifted.

    January 1969 Cover   (Jan 1969) Featured Photos Covers

    Steve Duell leads out a load of Wisconsin's "Sky Knights" SPC in this unique chase-plane shot by Heinz Kultmeier of the Milwaukee Sentinel.

    January 1979 Cover   (Jan 1979) Featured Photos Covers

    Defending national para-ski champion Nick Kingery stomps the disc during last year's meet at Sun Valley, ID.  Kingery needed two dead centers to earn a razor-thin victory (1 point out of over 4000) against European professionals and more than 50 other American competitors.  The third annual U.S. National Para-Ski Championships is scheduled April 3-5, 1979, again at Sun Valley.  Photo by "Brother" Jack Sorenson.

    January 1980 Cover   (Jan 1980) Featured Photos Covers

    Braving a sub-zero wind-chill factor, Eastern Conference Director Dave Waight gets his "knees in the breeze"  over Maytown, PA.

    January 1981 Cover   (Jan 1981) Featured Photos Covers

    Rick Snow caught this shot of Mitch Decoteau leaving the formation early becausae of an inadvertent opening over Zephyrhills.

    January 1982 Cover   (Jan 1982) Featured Photos Covers

    Gus Wing, D-7117, took this sunset photo of the Perris Valley CReW team at the World Meet Boogie.  Gus, a regular jumper in Orange, VA, is currently residing in Zephyrhills, FL.

    January 1983 Cover   (Jan 1983) Featured Photos Covers

    Doug Sayre, D-7967, mounted his helmet camera backwards to catch this shot of Chuck Prodey exiting a C-180 over the Pelicanland DZ in Ridgely, MD.  Sayre works extensively with the Accelerated Freefall program at Pelicanland, shooting video and stills of AFF students. as well as shooting fun jumpers.

    January 1984 Cover   (Jan 1984) Featured Photos Covers

    Jack Tillitson, D-8539, leaves a Stearman biplane piloted and owned by Craig Bliss over Weiser Airpark in Houston, TX.  Ron Cole, D-8530, was the man behind the camera who grabbed this shot from a World War II vintage "Birddog" chase plane with a zoom lens.  Cole is an obstetrician and gynecologist in Raytown, TX.

    January 1985 Cover   (Jan 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    Stephanie Griffin, Kathy Steffen and Debbie Turner touch down a triplane at the San Diego Airsports DZ.  Tom Sanders of Aerial Focus, a frequent contributor to PARACHUTIST, took the shot.  Debbie, incidentally, was featured in the May, 1984 issue of PARACHUTIST when she qualified as number one of USPA's Eagle Freefall Award, according to the system created by Vice President George Bush.

    January 1986 Cover   (Jan 1986) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom Sanders brought back this shot of the Army Parachute 8-way Team exiting the Bird Machine DC-3 from the 1985 National Skydiving Championships in Muskogee.  Edged out for the gold medal by Coors, Golden Knight Commanding Officer Larry Nelson told PARACHUTIST recently that the APT would again concentrate on the 8-way event in '86.

    January 1987 Cover   (Jan 1987) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike McGowan, D-5709, got this shot at the 1986 Turkey Meet in Zephyrhills, FL.  McGowan headed a team of a dozen freefall photographers who provided air-to-air video coverage; their tapes were used to judge all four events.  More information and final results of the meet appear in this month's At Presstime section.

    January 1988 Cover   (Jan 1988) Featured Photos Covers

    Simon Ward, a professional photographer and skydiver from Great Britain, submitted this shot of the British Royal Marine CRW Team.  Well known in his native land and in Europe, Ward was one of several photographers who covered the world record 126-way in Belgium last year.  He has also contributed to USPA's annual calendar for the last two years.

    January 1989 Cover   (Jan 1989) Featured Photos Covers

    Brian LeSchander, D-10442, snapped this photo of Jerry Kessler, D-5192, on a dead center approach during an accuracy and RW meet at the Rochester, NY Skydivers DZ.

    January 1990 Cover   (Jan 1990) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom Sanders, D-6503, caught an unidentified jumper a few hundred feet above the desert during a spectacular sunset at Skydive Arizona in Coolidge.

    January 1991 Cover   (Jan 1991) Featured Photos Covers

    During filming of Norman Kent's new video, "Kinesthesia," Gus Wing, D-7117, photographed Deanna Kent against a sunset in the Florida Keys.

    January 1992 Cover   (Jan 1992) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike McGowan, D-5709, captures Pam Godwin's smiling Fly-by over the Paragators DZ in Umatilla, FL, during the annual POPS winter meet.  Pam's parents, Jimmy and Wilma Godwin, run the meet.

    January 1993 Cover   (Jan 1993) Featured Photos Covers

    Graphic artist Lore Tucker of Reedley, CA designed this month's cover as the logo for the 1992 U.S. National Skydiving Championships hosted by SkyDance SkyDiving at Skydive Arizona.  A complete report of this year's Nationals begins on page 28 of this issue.

    January 1994 Cover   (Jan 1994) Featured Photos Covers

    Freefall photographer Pay Hayter, D-12821, took this month's  cover shot of a 36-way canopy stack over Richland, Washington in October 1992.  The jump was part of a Diamond Quest '92 attempt to set a new world record, which they eventually did.  Hayter's photo also received "Honorable Mention" in USPA's Parashootist II Photo Contest for the "In the Air" category (see page 35 for the rest of the winners).

    January 1995 Cover   (Jan 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    Freefall cinematographer Norman Kent, D-8369, gets his first cover in nearly a year with this shot of Don Thomas filling in for "Drop Zone" star Wesley Snipes over the Florida Keys.  Kent and fellow cameraman Tom Sanders did a tremendous job of filming the action, and their still photography shows it.  The full behind-the-scenes article appears on page 32.

    January 1996 Cover   (Jan 1996) Featured Photos Covers

    As a high layer of clouds shadows the drop zone, photographer Ron Griffith, D-16869, snaps a shot of jumpers exiting a Twin Otter over Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida.

    January 1997 Cover   (Jan 1997) Featured Photos Covers

    Brad Hood, D-10270, of Jump Run Productions follows this 16-way diamond through the skies of Perris Valley in Southern California.  This photo was taken during the DZ's Thanksgiving boogie.  Hood is a frequent contributor to Parachutist.

    January 1998 Cover   (Jan 1998) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom Sanders of Aerial Focus snapped the shot of B.J. Worth, a.k.a. James Bond, as he exited a helicopter off the Florida Keys for a scene in the latest Bond film, "Tomorrow Never Dies."

    January 1999 Cover   (Jan 1999) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brian Erler captures World Cup of Formation Skydiving 4-way champion Space Center FX--Dawn English, Chris Irwin, Joey Jones and Doug Park--during a practice jump over Skydive Space Center in Titusville, Florida.

    January 2000 Cover   (Jan 2000) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Mike Skeffington took this photograph of what he calls "the tower."  Over Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, Jody Wawerski and Carl Ferguson stand on the backs of Mark Lamberson and Marv Wawerski, while Orly King flies head down.

    January 2001 Cover   (Jan 2001) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Janine Hill took this shot of (left to right) John Shoffner, Jon DeVore and Steve Blincoe playing with a weighted Red Bull can over Skydive Lake Tahoe in Beckwourth, California.

    January 2002 Cover   (Jan 2002) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Norman Kent took this shot of a 4-stack flying over Marathon Key, Florida, during Skydive Sebastian's annual Keys Boogie in November.  The jumpers are Jeannie Bankston, Rebecca Carswell, Martin Clennon and Mike Paolin.

    January 2003 Cover   (Jan 2003) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Norman Kent took this shot of one of the five 50-ways a group of canopy formation jumpers completed to claim an unofficial U.S. record during a CF big-way event at Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales.

    January 2004 Cover   (Jan 2004) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Lance Boyd took this shot of the 70-way canopy formation world record built over the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales in November.  Norman Kent films from above.

    January 2005 Cover   (Jan 2005) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Loic Jean-Albert took this shot of Luigi Cani flying his Icarus VX 39-square-foot canopy with Jeb Corliss in his wingsuit over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    January 2006 Cover   (Jan 2006) Featured Photos Covers

    Photograher Norman Kent took this shot of the new 85-way canopy formation world record built November 26 over the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales.  All the jumpers used Performance Designs Lightning canopies.

    January 2007 Cover   (Jan 2007) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Scotty Burns took this shot of Art Shaffer flying over Marathon Key in Florida during the Keys Boogie as (left to right) Jeff Nebelkopf, Mike Swearingen and Paul Mazzillo fly in the distance.

    January 2008 Cover   (Jan 2008) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Norman Kent captured this shot of canopy formation jumpers completing a 100-way formation using their Performance Designs Lightning canopies over the Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales, setting a new world record.

    January 2009 Cover   (Jan 2009) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike McGowan captured this photograph of Arizona Airspeed concentrating on winning gold in the 4-way open competition at the USPA Nationals.

    January 2012 Photo by Bill Schmitz | D-30164   (Jan 2012) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Bill Schmitz | D-30164

    Over Skydive Arizona in Eloy, SDC Standard trains for what will be a first-place performance in the open class of the 2011 USPA National Championships of Vertical Formation Skydiving.

    January 2013 Cover   (Jan 2013) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Niklas Daniel | D-28906
    Over Skydive Arizona in Eloy, the U.S. Army Golden Knights 4-way formation skydiving team's videographer, Scott Janise, films Laura Dickmeyer, Angela Nichols, Jen Schaben and Dannielle Woosley as they exit a Twin Otter on their way to become the first all-female team to medal in the open class at the USPA National Skydiving Championships.

    January 2014 Cover   (Jan 2014) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Brian Binder | D-32459
    Bob Caminha flies his canopy over the scenic landscape surrounding Skydive San Diego in Jamul, California.

    January 2015 Cover   (Jan 2015) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Dave Jourdan

    During one of the test jumps for his successful high-altitude world record attempt, Alan Eustace waves to the StratEx ground crew as a balloon lifts him to the stratosphere.

    January 2016 Cover   (Jan 2016) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Martin Lemay | D-33608

    Team Super Serious exits a Twin Otter for a round of vertical formation skydiving at the USPA National Skydiving Championships.

    January 2017 Cover   (Jan 2017) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

    Jumpers set the 40-way Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Night Formation Skydive at SKYDIVE ARIZONA in Eloy.

    January 2018 by James Hatch   (Feb 2018) Homepage Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    PHOTO BY James Hatch | D-21729

    Coach Carlye Bartolomeo (right) helps student Lauren Pfeifer work on her freefall skills.

    January 2018 Cover   (Jan 2018) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

    Caroline Layne chases rainbows with her Aerodyne Pilot canopy over New Smyrna Beach, Florida, during the Disappearing Island Boogie (so named because the island in the Intracoastal Waterway is above water only a few hours a day due to tides) organized by Martin Sutton with aircraft from Skydive DeLand.

    January 2019 Cover   (Jan 2019) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Cheryl Brown   |   USPA #244108
    Jay Sanders swoops the pond at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida during the For the Legends canopy piloting event during the International Skydiving Museum’s Hall of Fame celebrations.

    January 2020 Cover   (Jan 2020) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Gustavo Cabana | USPA #80952

    Forty-three jumpers turn points over Skydive Perris in California on their way to claiming the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Four-Point Canopy Formation Skydive.

    January 2021 Cover   (Jan 2021) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858

    James Davis dives toward a building formation during the Wuest Ways event at Skydive Perris in California.

    January 2022 Cover   (Jan 2022) Featured Photos Covers

    photo by Bruno Brokken | USPA #96017

    July 1968 Cover   (Jul 1968) Featured Photos Covers
    July 1969 Cover   (Jul 1969) Featured Photos Covers

    Dave Price receives his USPA Gold Wings from Al Longenberger in a cold December sky over Pennsylvania in this photo by Don Kellner.

    July 1979 Cover   (Jul 1979) Featured Photos Covers

    Jim Lucas of Williamsport, MD flies some unusual Canopy RW at the Southern Cross drop zone in Downsville, MD.  Jim's "extra" canopy belongs to Jose Rodriguez of Crofton, MD  who intetionally cutaway after forming a biplane canopy hookup with Jim.  Playing it smart and safe, Jose wore an extra reserve for this jump.

    P.S. That's Russian for "Sport Parachuting."  The full report begins on page 27.

    July 1980 Cover   (Jul 1980) Featured Photos Covers

    The Golden Knights build an 8-way Frisbee in the skies over Yuma, AZ.  USAPT photo.

    July 1981 Cover   (Jul 1981) Featured Photos Covers

    U.S. Army Parachute Team photographer Phil Rogge captured this shot of the Golden Knights in a unique formation:  four rodeo-rider 2-ways with all grips complete.  A full story on Wild and Crazy Skydives appears on page 45.

    July 1982 Cover   (Jul 1982) Featured Photos Covers

    Gus Wing, D-7117, a frequent contributor to PARACHUTIST, supplied this cover shot of Karen Milliken, D-5984, exiting the DC-3 Mr. Douglas over Palatka, FL.  Gus also supplied the color photos for the feature story on funnels on page 22.

    July 1983 Cover   (Jul 1983) Featured Photos Covers

    Don Caltvedt got this shot of James Bond (Jake Lombard, doubling for actor Roger Moore) and the evil Gobinda (B.J. Worth) battling it out atop a Beechcraft as a Helio-Porter chase plane films for the movie "Octopussy."  For more on how Worth, Lombard and others put the sequence together, see this month's story on page 19.

    July 1984 Cover   (Jul 1984) Featured Photos Covers

    Alex Barnes, D-6466, Dan Gillespie, D-7032, and Mike Williams, D-7266, ride a 3-stack over the DZ in Orange VA.  One of many drop zones around the country currently experiencing problems with neighbors, the Orange DZ is operating under a temporary permit.

    July 1985 Cover   (Jul 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    Bill Davis got this shot of brother Bob landing at the annual Virginia City (NV) Camel Race.  "The event draws in excess of 20,000 people to the small mountain town between Reno and Carson City," says Bob.  "Camel jockeys come from around the world to race their dromedaries down C Street."  Bill, pictured here, is an emergency medical technician awaiting entrance to medical school who often works as a member of the ground crew during his brother's demonstration jumps.

    July 1986 Cover   (Jul 1986) Featured Photos Covers

    Gus Wing, D-7117, a frequent contributor to PARACHUTIST, supplied this photo of former Skydive DeLand co-owner/operator Tom Piras over the Florida DZ during this year's Easter boogie.  Piras' former partner Bob Hallett has since assumed full control of the drop zone.

    July 1987 Cover   (Jul 1987) Featured Photos Covers

    Dave Flanagan got this shot of a 20-way sequential dive during the Memorial Day boogie at the Spaceland drop zone near Houston, TX.  Flanagan, 34, is relatively new to the freefall photography game; he's got just over 400 jumps, 150 of which have been with a camera.  He also takes stills and movies underwater.  Monday through Friday he's a research scientist at the Johnson Space Center where he's working on the space station project.

    July 1988 Cover   (Jul 1988) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike McGowan, D-5709, submitted this point of view of Brigitte Hallett, D-9375, (foreground), and Mike Raible, D-5495, exiting the Freefall Express Twin Otter in formation with DC-3 Mr. Douglas and the Pilatus Porter Turbo Mingo over Skydive DeLand, FL.  (See story on page 22.)

    July 1989 Cover   (Jul 1989) Featured Photos Covers

    Andrjez Jezmanowicz, D-9978, got this shot of Jack Witt, Mike Meyer, Mike Mayotte and Scott Matenaer of the Sky People canopy relative work team over Milwaukee, WI.

    July 1990 Cover   (Jul 1990) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike McGowan, D-5709, flies in behind a giant U.S. flag carried by his wife, Misty Blues team member Nancy Auge, during the teams's training camp last spring at Flager Aviation in Bunnell, FL.  (See related story on page 24.)  McGowan became entangled with a similar flag while trying to get this shot last winter and had to resort to reserve procedures to get clear.

    July 1991 Cover   (Jul 1991) Featured Photos Covers

    Skyhi Visual Productions' J.J. Johnson, D-6920, followed the U.S. Army's Golden Knights and their assigned cameraman, Pine Pinaar, as they scored another National Championships in 8-way.  See the full report on page 44.

    July 1992 Cover   (Jul 1992) Featured Photos Covers

    Guy Wright, D-7958, exits from the tailgate of a DeHavilland Caribou over the United Parachtute Club in Gilbertsvill, PA.  Photograph by Mike McGowan.

    July 1993 Cover   (Jul 1993) Featured Photos Covers

    Fun Air Productions' Michael McGowan, D-5709, aims his lens at a 10-way formation over the ramps at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    July 1994 Cover   (Jul 1994) Featured Photos Covers

    Kevin Butler, a member of the Greater Kansas City Skydivers, trails the American flag into the opening ceremonies of the air race show while cameraman Jamie Paul, D-12641, follows him down.  The three-day event drew more than 100,000 people to the airfield.

    July 1995 Cover   (Jul 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    The 1995 USPA Canopy Buyer's Guide features canopy manufacturers from all over the world.  This month's cover is bordered with a shot from each of those represented in the Buyer's Guide, which starts on page 31.

    July 1996 Cover   (Jul 1996) Featured Photos Covers

    The July cover represents three decades of photos from the Parachutist files.  As USPA celebrates its 50th birthday, we'd like to say "thanks" to all those who've contributed over the years.  See page 17 for a list of photographers who made this cover possible.

    July 1997 Cover   (Jul 1997) Featured Photos Covers

    Freefall photographer Michael McGowan, D-5709, took this shot of skydivers completing a Mission Impossible skydive over the fantastic back drop of San Carlos, Mexico.  Arizona jumper George Jicha organizes several Mission Impossible Invitationals each year.

    July 1998 Cover   (Jul 1998) Featured Photos Covers

    Brad Hood of Jump Run Productions snapped this shot of the U.S. Canopy Formation Team during a practice jump over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    July 1999 Cover   (Jul 1999) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brian Erler took this shot of Dan O'Flaherty jumping a specially-designed Uncle Sam outfit over Skydive Space Center in Titusville, Florida.

    July 2000 Cover   (Jul 2000) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brad Hood of Jump Run Productions took this shot of the U.S. canopy formation 4-way sequential team flying a diamond during a practice jump over The Parachute Center in Lodi, California.

    July 2001 Cover   (Jul 2001) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Norman Kent used a specially-designed hand-mount camera to snap this shot of (front to back) Vladi Pesa, Kim Griffin and Nicole Angelides flying their Birdman suits over Skydive DeLand in Florida.

    July 2002 Cover   (Jul 2002) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Bryan Scott took this shot of the quadraplane diamond that canopy formation jumpers built May 4 over Skydive Sebastian in Florida. 

    July 2003 Cover   (Jul 2003) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Francisco Neri took this shot of Heath Richardson of the Performance Designs Factory Team carving through the lily pads at the Deep Woods Ranch in DeLand, Florida.

    July 2004 Cover   (Jul 2004) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Tony Hathaway took this shot of Kaz Sheekey while exiting the Super Otter for a freefly jump over Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida.

    July 2005 Cover   (Jul 2005) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Eli Thompson took this shot of (left to right) Cathy Bouette, Clint Clawson, Sarah Thompson and Fabian Raidel exiting the Super Otter over Perris Valley Skydiving in California to celebrate Bouette's 21st birthday.

    July 2006 Cover   (Jul 2006) Featured Photos Covers

    Top half:  The cover from the first Parachutist magazine, November/December 1957.  Bottom half:  Photographer Blake Johnson captures Jason Lemley flying his canopy in 2006.  The original images are shown her in their entirety.

    July 2007 Cover   (Jul 2007) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Tom Sanders of Aerial Focus captured this shot of Oliver Furrer dressed as the title character in one of 20th Century Fox's summer releases, "Fantatistic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," during a promotional demo above Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

    July 2008 Cover   (Jul 2008) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Norman Kent captured this shot of Team Fastrax members Travis Donely, John Hart, Brian Marzluf and Doug Park in freefall with a sophisticated pyrotechnics system attached to their legs during a demo training jump over Skydive Palatka in Florida.

    July 2009 Cover   (Jul 2009) Featured Photos Covers

    photo by Steve Sinski

    Dan Cook of the U.S. Army Golden Knights kicks off Memorial Day weekend celebrations by flying a POW-MIA flag onto Liberty Island in New York Harbor.

    July 2012 Cover   (Jul 2012) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Niklas Daniel | D-28906
    Steve Curtis photographs a hybrid during the Freefly Sequentials.

    July 2013 Cover   (Jul 2013) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Katie Blain | C-38725
    Yuri Garmashov competes in a speed round during the USPA National Championships of Canopy Piloting at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

    July 2015 Cover   (Jul 2015) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Luciano Bacque | #140185

    Jumpers complete a challenging formation at the P3 Spring Fling event at Skydive Perris in California. 

    July 2016 Cover   (Jul 2016) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Caroline Layne | D-14528

    On Flag Day, Team Fastrax performs a demo jump into downtown Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall, where the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated and adopted.

    July 2017 Cover   (Jul 2017) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Niklas Daniel | D-28906

    Mike Hall jumps with the American flag while the sun begins to set at SKYDIVE ARIZONA in Eloy.

    July 2018 Cover   (Jul 2018) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Michael Tomaselli  |  D-18530
    At Skydive Lake Wales in Florida, canopy formation skydivers Chris Gay, Scott Lazarus, Ihab Mahmoud and Greg Meadows make a triple flag jump.  

    July 2019 Cover   (Jul 2019) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

    Team Fastrax practices its demo skills during a training day at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

    July 2020 Cover   (Jul 2020) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Daniel Schiermeyer | D-31153

    Near the end of a beautiful day, Jurga Berry exits a helicopter at Skydive Carolina in Chester, South Carolina.

    July 2021 Cover   (Jul 2021) Featured Photos Covers
    Jump Like a Pharaoh Photo by Gary Wainwright | USPA #137455   (Apr 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Milko Hodgkinson organizes a pyramid-shaped formation over the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.

    Jumpers Honor Infante at Perris   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    On July 14, friends and colleagues of Kellie Infante, B-46875, performed a memorial series of jumps at Skydive Perris in California, her home drop zone. 

    Jumpers Rally for Suicide Prevention Photo by Ralph Turner   (Jan 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call

    Members of Fly Team Evil exit a balloon during the suicide-prevention event.

    June 1968 Cover   (Jun 1968) Homepage Featured Photos Covers

    Navy photographer Dale Hyder, who was stationed in Hawaii in June of 1968, captured this colorful composition of canopies at the Kanuia DZ where he frequently jumped. Hyder obviously had a passion for photography but was also an active skydiver who qualified to compete in the 1968 Nationals. 

    June 1968 Para-Gear Equipment Ad   (Jun 2018) Homepage Featured Photos
    June 1969 Cover   (Jun 1969) Featured Photos Covers

    High over the plains of Colorado, an Air Force Academy Cadet exits a Cessna 206, the official aircraft for the 1969 U.S. National Parachuting Championships.  Photo by John J. Garrity, Jr.

    June 1979 Cover   (Jun 1979) Featured Photos Covers

    Carl Boenish caught this 20-way formation during a break in the weather at the Deland Invitational Meet.  For more on the meet turn to page 46.

    June 1980 Cover   (Jun 1980) Featured Photos Covers

    Thundering into the pea gravel at the Tahlequah, OK drop zone is George McCandless  Photo by George Frey.

    June 1981 Cover   (Jun 1981) Featured Photos Covers

    Carl Boenish snapped this shot of a color-coordinated 16-way donut flake against the clouds.  The jump was one of several made in preparation for the 60-way built in Florida Easter Weekend.  Joe Svec's story on the 60-way begins on page 37.

    June 1982 Cover   (Jun 1982) Featured Photos Covers

    Gus Mattia caught this shot of George and Harriet McCulloch, one of the most unique teams in skydiving today.  Mattia's story about the McCullochs appears on page 17 of this issue.

    June 1983 Cover   (Jun 1983) Featured Photos Covers

    April 4, 1983: Shuttle Launch

    Norman Kent of Los Angeles traveled across the country Easter week to cover the invitational 72-way meet in DeLand, FL (see story, page 25).  The day after the meet, Monday, April 4, Kent got this shot of a group of jumpers over DeLand with the space shuttle Challenger blasting off in the background from Cape Kennedy.

    June 1984 Cover   (Jun 1984) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Norman Kent has been a busy and well-traveled jumper recently.  He shot this month's cover—showing his wife Diana, fellow photographer Pedro Barroeta and members of the Chinese Team over Acapulco, Mexico—during the Pan Am Parachuting Championships and First International Open Cup of Parachuting in Uruapan.  Not too long thereafter, Kent was in DeLand, FL where he shot video and stills of the 90-way formation built at the end of DeLand's Easter Boogie.

    June 1985 Cover   (Jun 1985) Featured Photos Covers

    Who's that guy under a square canopy flying around the Eiffel Tower?  Why's that helicopter hovering so close?  And what's that boat with the balloons doing in the Seine River?  It's all in the name of Hollywood and the greater glory of James Bond movies and you can find out all about it by reading B.J. Worth's story on page 27.  Cover photo by Don Caltvedt.

    June 1986 Cover   (Jun 1986) Featured Photos Covers

    Bob Feisthamel submitted this Ken Jorgensen photo of Feisthamel's Tension Free teammates Bob Suchor, Lynn Kleen and Daryl Dassinger over Spearfish, SD.  Tension Free took home a box of medals from last year's National Skydiving Championships of CRW, including gold medals in 4-way sequential and 8-way speed stack and silver medals in 4-way rotation.

    June 1987 Cover   (Jun 1987) Featured Photos Covers

    The classic student-in-tow nightmare was recreated for the cameras of Leo Dickinson, co-conspirator with Pete Reynolds on the continuing Wally Gubbins project. (See story, this issue.)  Dickinson, a native of England, has made 54 television documentaries since his first one in 1970.  The inset photo is of Gregory Robertson, who saved an unconscious fellow jumper by pulling her reserve ripcord.  (See related story.)

    June 1988 Cover   (Jun 1988) Featured Photos Covers

    Jan Davis, D-11120, Cathy Conklin, D-9073, and Gary Wirth, D-8986, frolic in an azure Illinois sky before the camera of frequent cover contributor Tom Sanders, D-6503.

    June 1989 Cover   (Jun 1989) Featured Photos Covers

    Robert Tomany, D-9376, caught this of his sister Nancy right after her first jump in tandem with Richard Linden over the Seagoville, TX drop zone.

    June 1990 Cover   (Jun 1990) Featured Photos Covers

    All of America's trophies and medals from the Canopy Relataive Work Championships in Chiangmai, Thailand were photographed just after the award ceremony by Cliff Dobson, D-1193.  This cover picture is a first for Dobson since his initial static line in 1962, despite 5,000-plus jumps, seven world championships and 21 world medals.  Dobson, who runs the Skydive Tampa Bay group member DZ in Florida, has competed 15 times at the Nationals, often with his son Cliffer.  His daughter Michele is also a serious jumper.  For the story of the championships, see page 18.

    June 1991 Cover   (Jun 1991) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom LeBus, D-12034, snapped this shot of Denny Gainor and Danny Albert over Perris, CA.

    June 1992 Cover   (Jun 1992) Featured Photos Covers

    Gus Wing, D-7117, chases freefall photographer Norman Kent (with out camera this time) as he sizes up skysurfer Bob Hallett over Skydive DeLand, FL.  See related story on page 23.

    June 1993 Cover   (Jun 1993) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Mike Lee, D-10990, took this shot of tandem instructor Art Paton and his passenger Debbie Good over Perris Valley Skydiving on Paton's 1000th tandem jump.

    June 1994 Cover   (Jun 1994) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Chuck Smith, D-11350, fired ths shot of the Glide Path Express CRW team during a practice jump over Marathon Key, Florida last year.  Smith's photo was an entry in the 1994 photo contest and received an "Honorable Mention" from the judges.

    June 1995 Cover   (Jun 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    This 3-way balloon exit over Arizona was filmed by Michael McGowan, D-5709, as part of his Skydive USA: Part 2 video release.  The women (identified only as Krisi, Missie and Debbie) focus their attention on the camera as McGowan steps off backwards.

    June 1996 Cover   (Jun 1996) Featured Photos Covers

    Michael McGowan, D-5709, captures a coloful 4-way over Pensacola Beach in Florida.  the Skydive was part of a weekly, Friday afternoon demo by jumpers from Skydive the Emerald Coast based out of Elberta, Alabama—located just across the stateline.

    June 1997 Cover   (Jun 1997) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Jan Davis, D-11120, of Aerial Focus took this shot of Harry Parker screaming down the slope during the '97 Blade Running competition at Squaw Valley in California.  A full report of the event begins on page 24.

    June 1998 Cover   (Jun 1998) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Tom Sanders of Aerial Focus snaps this shot from above as Lyn and Deb Kleen perform their Parabatics exhibition routine over Skydive Lost Prairie in Montana.

    June 1999 Cover   (Jun 1999) Featured Photos Covers

    Over Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in Washington State, photographer Norman Kent took this shot of Ken Franklin playing with his peregrine falcon, Frightful, during the filming of Ken'ts new movie, "Willing to Fly."

    June 2000 Cover   (Jun 2000) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Craig O'Brien took this shot of world-champion female skysurfer Tanya Garcia-O'Brien leading a tracking dive on her skyboard over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.  The other trackers are (top to bottom) Billy Calhoun IV, Mike Ortiz, Eli Thompson and Jeff Calesa.

    June 2001 Cover   (Jun 2001) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Bobby Page took this shot of a 9-way head-down jump during the Freefly Shindig at Skydive DeLand in Florida in April.  Chris Fiala holds the center, as (clockwise from top center) Raymond Adams, Janine Hill, John Shoffner, Stan Gray, Thomas Hughes, Kyle Starch, Trey Holladay and Eric Deren surround him.

    June 2002 Cover   (Jun 2002) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Norman Kent took this shot of Rook Nelson swooping his Performance Designs Velocity during the Caribbean Challenge on Margarita Island in Venezuela.

    June 2003 Cover   (Jun 2003) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Michael McGowan took this shot of jumpers turning pieces on a formation skydive over San Carlos, Mexico, during the South of the Border Boogie in March.

    June 2004 Cover   (Jun 2004) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Dean O'Flaherty took this shot of April Ballard (left) and Shanda Sheppard making their first helicopter jumps during the Leap into Leap Year Boogie at Skydive Space Center in Titusville, Florida.  Mark Ciccotto hangs from the skid.

    June 2005 Cover   (Jun 2005) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Jason Peters took this shot of the 53-way head-down formation that the group is claiming as a new world record, completed April 29 over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    June 2006 Cover   (Jun 2006) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Matt Hoover took this shot of a big-way wingsuit flock during the Z-Flock and Dock at Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida, in April.

    June 2007 Cover   (Jun 2007) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Jens Hameister captured this shot of Team Extreme's Nick Batsch (left) and Jim Slaton performing at the Al Ain airshow in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    June 2008 Cover   (Jun 2008) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Hal Moore captured this shot of Rob Wallace during a 2-way freefly dive above Xtreme Divers West in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

    June 2009 Cover   (Jun 2009) Featured Photos Covers

    photo by Jason Peters | D-23332

    Matt Hill exits a balloon during an advertising photo shoot over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    June 2012 Cover   (Jun 2012) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Jim Harris | USPA #160885
    Over Skydive Spain in Seville, freefly team Volare (from left, Daniel Parker, Frazer Smith and Mike Carpenter) trains for the 2012 FAI World Parachuting Championships held in Dubai. 

    June 2013 Cover   (Jun 2013) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Zach Schroedel | D-29163
    Ted Chen flies his wingsuit at Bay Area Skydiving in Byron, California.

    June 2014 Cover   (Jul 2014) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Cheryl Brown| USPA #244108
    Thomas Dellibac lands during the zone accuracy event while on his way to winning the open-class overall gold medal at the USPA National Championships of Canopy Piloting.

    June 2014 Cover   (Jun 2014) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Zach Schroedel | D-29163
    Bram Clement, owner of the SkydiveRatings instructor school in Zephyrhills, Florida, plays the student while exiting a Skyvan with AFF-rating candidate Ryan Bolohan.

    June 2015 Cover   (Jun 2015) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Max Haim | D-23779

    While wearing L.E.D. lights, Abdulbari Qubaisi swoops the pond at Skydive Dubai. 

    June 2016 Cover   (Jun 2016) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

    Jaime Tristancho (left) takes on Milton Pachon in a game of Quidditch during filming of a television commercial by Plan 9 Films for telecommunications company EBT at Skydive Colombia.

    June 2017 Cover   (Jun 2017) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Dan Dupuis | D-33713

    From top, Andy Farrington, Nic Sacco, Mike Steen, Will Kitto and Matt Gerdes take pictures of each other taking pictures of each other during a Squirrel wingsuits meet-up event at Skydive Moab in Utah.

    June 2018 Cover   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Norman Kent  |  D-8369
    Richard Scheurich (foreground) and Luis Prinetto from Team Fly4Life fly their Performance Designs Valkyrie Hybrid canopies in formation after a jump during the Fly4Life Flight Camp at Skydive DeLand in Florida.

    June 2019 Cover   (Jun 2019) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Jeff Donohue | C-36419

    From top, Kyle Lobpries, Scott Callantine and Wess Sandler fly their wingsuits during the FYRE Boogie in Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.

    June 2020 Cover   (Jun 2020) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo Norman Kent | D-8369

    Caroline Layne daydreams about the fun she had at the End of the Year Boogie 2019-2020 hosted by USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Cuautla in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

    June 2021 Cover   (Jun 2021) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Tim Parrant | D-34622

    Wingsuit flyer Dani Roman orbits skysurfer Juan Ventura Sanchez Finguer and belly-flyer Pete Allum at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain.

    Kiss Pass by Matthew Files   (Apr 2018) Featured Photos Featured Art

    “Kiss Pass”  
    Oil on Canvas

    Matthew Files | B-42132
    South Weymouth, Massachusetts 

    Let’s Dance Photo by David Cherry | D-33500   (Apr 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Chazi Blacksher and John Blackburn put on their dancing shoes at Skydive Arizona in Eloy for a local magazine piece promoting a children’s nonprofit event.

    Life Celebration Photo by Cindy Akers   (Oct 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    At Start Skydiving in Middletown, Ohio, Cheryl Compton watches her husband, Larry Compton of Team Fastrax, bringing home a 7,800-square-foot flag during the life-celebration jump for Fastrax team member Larry Lemaster, who died in the June crash of a King Air in Hawaii.

    Line Up By David Cherry   (Aug 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Jumpers fly head down during the Sun Path Sequentials freefly event at Skydive Midwest in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.

    Photo by David Cherry | D-33500

    Living on the Edge Photo by Kandace Rawling | D-38328   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy demonstrates his edge-flying technique.

    March 1969 Cover   (Mar 1969) Featured Photos Covers

    Ralph Minnarich shot this sunset silhouette with a 16 mm gun camera (over Elsinore, California) and blew it up through an internegative process. The jumper is Jeep Gehrighty.

    March 1979 Cover   (Mar 1979) Featured Photos Covers

    A six plane canopy formation cruises through northern California skies above Lake Berryessa.  From top to bottom are Bob Bonitz, Dan O'Brien, Richard KJar, Tim Davies, Bill Dause and Norton Thomas.  Shortly after Andy Keech took this photo, Bungee Walrus and Ray Ferrell entered, making it the largest plane formation ever constructed.  Cindy Frueh's article on canopy relative work begins on page 25.

    March 1980 Cover   (Mar 1980) Featured Photos Covers

    Rick Ellwanger, D-3634, tracks off into the sunset after a skydive over the Coolidge, AZ Parachute Ranch.  Rick, by the way, holds a PhD in Chemistry and is Technical Director for American Cyanamid in his hometown of Tuscon, AZ.  Photo by Tony Gonzales and courtesy of Adventure/Travel magazine.

    March 1981 Cover   (Mar 1981) Featured Photos Covers

    Norman Kent designed a special camera mount to capture this shot of an exit from Kennie Gibson's five-place balloon over Perris Valley. That's Kent on the bottom, shooting up at Robin Lopez and Kent's wife, Diana.

    March 1982 Cover   (Mar 1982) Featured Photos Covers

    John Noak, D-6410, caught this shot of Clay Muse, Harry Becker and others flooding out the door of a Twin Beech over Coolidge, AZ.

    March 1983 Cover   (Mar 1983) Featured Photos Covers

    Kevin Donnelly takes in the view of the Grand Canyon from the top wing of a Stearman biplane during filming for the movie "Flyers."  See page 25 for Donnelly's story on how a special airplane-to-airplane transfer stunt for the movie was successfully pulled off.

    March 1984 Cover   (Mar 1984) Featured Photos Covers

    Frequent PARACHUTIST contributor Tom Sanders captured this month's cover photo of David Altenberg descending through a quiet and colorful sunset at the San Diego Air Sports DZ in California.

    March 1985 Cover   (Mar 1985) Featured Photos Covers

    Gus Wing brought back this shot of his wife Kemper on a demo the couple performed into the University of Virginia football stadium in Charlottesville, VA.  The occasion was the Virginia Cavaliers/Maryland Terrapins football game.

    March 1986 Cover   (Mar 1986) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Alf Humphries docked last on an 8-stack over Loveland, CO to get this shot.  Top to bottom in the formation are Jeff Wagner, Doug Wyatt, Bruce McQuery, Tim Monsees, Keith Butler, Stuart Wyatt, and unidentified jumper and Humphries.

    March 1987 Cover   (Mar 1987) Featured Photos Covers

    Norman Kent submitted this photo of the Four N Legion Team—Jeff Barbani, Abadulaziz Ojjeh, Joe Nepute and Tom Piras—over Lapalisse, France where they finished third at the French Open Championships in August of last year.

    March 1988 Cover   (Mar 1988) Featured Photos Covers

    John Hagdorn of Lauderdale Lakes, FL snapped this photograph of Chieko Alford alighting in the peas at Air Adventures in Clewiston, FL.  This was one of the many excellent shots submitted to the 1987 Photoshootist contest.

    March 1989 Cover   (Mar 1989) Featured Photos Covers

    Denny Gainor (known to his many friends as Bear) set this shot of himself up from a boom attached to the basket of a balloon over Southern California.  Gainor jumps with the California Aerial Performance Parachute Team.

    March 1990 Cover   (Mar 1990) Featured Photos Covers

    Andrzej Jesmanowicz, D-9978, followed this CRW maneuver building over the Wisconsin Skydivers DZ in Menominee Falls, WI.  The group, led by Mike Mayotte, was attempting a "five-by-side," and according to Jezmanowicz, "came pretty close."  They expect to try again this season.

    March 1991 Cover   (Mar 1991) Featured Photos Covers

    With Lake Okeechobee in the background, Mike Allen, D-10180, captures 4-way practice over Clewiston, FL.  Allen works fulltime for a Miami-based TV production company.

    March 1992 Cover   (Mar 1992) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike McGowan, D-5709, gets his second cover in 1992 (see feature on page 25).  This time, he captures Team Pursuit practicing over Skydive Arizona.  Members include (top) Kevin Vetter, (right wing) Chris Knight, (left wing) captain Joe Lambright, and (bottom) newest member Paul Joseph.  McGowan flew into the top of the formation, flipped upside down in his risers and released to position himself for this shot.

    March 1993 Cover   (Mar 1993) Featured Photos Covers

    Kicking off PARACHUTIST's new cover design are two freefall photographers, Jamie Paul (in the photo) and Tony Loper (behind the camera).  Paul is currently men's freestyle co-champion videographer.

    March 1994 Cover   (Mar 1994) Featured Photos Covers

    Freefall photographer Norman Kent, D-8369, captured this image while filming a video for the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway last month.  See pages 35-37 for more details.

    March 1995 Cover   (Mar 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    Gone but not forgotten...this month's cover photo features the work of the late Mike Allen, D-10180.  His excellent photography lives on in this shot of Vince Caschetta, D-12762, in the skies over Clewiston, Florida.

    March 1996 Cover   (Mar 1996) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Keith Hewes, D-11908, takes a unique angle on the U.S. Air Force 4-way team over Front Range Skydivers in Calhan, Colorado, where ground level is 6,509 feet MSL.

    March 1997 Cover   (Mar 1997) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brian Erler, D-14757, took this photograph of skysurfer Sean McCormick and videographer Cliff Burch practiciing over Skydive Space Center in Titusville, Florida.  the pair will compete in the SSI Pro Tour, beginning this month.

    March 1998 Cover   (Mar 1998) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Michael McGowan catches a couple of lucky raffle winners enjoying a free ride at last July's Skydive Lost Prairie Boogie in Montana.

    March 1999 Cover   (Mar 1999) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Eli Thompson of Flyboyz Productions took this shot of Mike Ortiz, Jeff Calesa and Billy Calhoun IV during a tracking jump over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    March 2000 Cover   (Mar 2000) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brian Erler took this shot of Joao Fernandez and Juliana Se sharing a challenging kiss pass over Skydive Space Center in Titusville, Florida.

    March 2001 Cover   (Mar 2001) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brent Finley took this shot of pieces of a larger formation tracking away during last year's Arizona Challenge skydives at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    March 2002 Cover   (Mar 2002) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Tom Sanders of Aerial Focus snapped this shot using a wireless transmitter to a camera strapped to the foot of J.C. Colclasure as he swoops along the shore of Lake Havasu in Arizona.

    March 2003 Cover   (Mar 2003) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Dave Brown took this shot of national champion freefly team Alchemy, with (left to right) Mike Swanson, Rook Nelson and Jon DeVore, during the team's first training camp of the new season at Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

    March 2004 Cover   (Mar 2004) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Craig O'Brien took this shot of jumpers completing a 357-way over Tok-Li, Thailand, February 6 to claim a new world record for largest freefall formation.

    March 2005 Cover   (Mar 2005) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Michael McGowan took this shot of British 4-way team Spank, with Nick Lupton, Ian Matthews, Andy Pook and Kevin Sargent, exiting the Skyvan for a training jump over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    March 2006 Cover   (Mar 2006) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Hans Berggren took this shot of World Team 2006's new world record for largest freefall formation, a 400-way completed February 8 over Udon Thani, Thailand.

    March 2007 Cover   (Mar 2007) Featured Photos Covers

    Nix White took this shot of (left to right) Larry Summerfield, Shawn Tufts and Josh Leasure of the Navy Parachute Team performing a 3-way side-by-side over Skydive San Diego.  USPA staff took five versions of March 2007 Parachutist covers to the Parachute Industry Association symposium in February and had attendees vote for their favorite.  White's photograph garnered the win.

    March 2008 Cover   (Mar 2008) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Craig O'Brien captured this shot of Eli Thompson (bottom) and Mike Nikolaev hanging from the chest straps of Pat McGowan (left) and Alex Nikolaev over the Pacific Skydiving Center on Waialua, Hawaii.

    March 2009 Cover   (Mar 2009) Featured Photos Covers

    photo by Ori Kuper | C-35707

    At dawn, a cadet from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point lands on the tuffet during the classic accuracy event at the 2008 USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships.

    March 2012 Photo By Mike McGowan | D-5709   (Mar 2012) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Mike McGowan | D-5709

    Ben Barringer, cadet wing commander at the U.S. Air Force Academy, bears down on the tuffet during the open classic accuracy event at the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships

    March 2013 Cover   (Mar 2013) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Brian Buckland | D-19047
    Some of the world's most accomplished vertical formation skydivers transition between points at the Dubai Sequentials, an invitational event held by Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

    March 2014 Cover   (Mar 2014) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Randy Swallows| D-31271
    During the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at Florida Skydiving Center/Skydive Lake Wales, Air Force Eufouria sets a 40-point national collegiate skydiving record on its way to winning gold in the 4-way open formation skydiving event.

    March 2015 Cover   (Mar 2015) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

    Douglas Hendrix moves in on the score pad on his way to taking the bronze medal in the sport accuracy masters class at the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships.

    March 2016 Cover   (Mar 2016) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

    Zach Vasnick demonstrates that with great sport accuracy comes great responsibility (as well as the intermediate gold medal) at the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at Skydive Lake Wales in Florida.

    March 2017 Cover   (Mar 2017) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

    During a jump at Lake Beresford near Skydive DeLand in Florida, Beau Riebe realizes that there’s no chance he’s landing in the boat that Luis Prinetto is driving while Claudio Cagnasso (who earlier also missed the boat) watches from a passenger seat

    March 2018   (Mar 2018) Parachutist Safety & Training Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

    PHOTO BY Justin Duclos | D-33248

    Jevin Johnson makes his first AFF jump instructed by his father, Jeff Johnson (right), and Austin Larman at Kapowsin Air Sports in Shelton, Washington.

    March 2018 Cover   (Mar 2018) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

    Team 6-Way and Chill (Douglas Hendrix, Nick Jayakar, Stephanie Krar, William Savage, Alex Teskey and Andrew Yin) from the University of Connecticut builds a round during the 6-way formation skydiving event at the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships at Skydive Lake Wales in Florida.

    March 2019 Cover   (Mar 2019) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Raymond Adams  | D-30158

    Professional stuntman Eric Salas cuts away from a flaming tertiary canopy (which he set afire with a flare gun) before deploying his true main canopy at Skydive Georgia in Cedartown.

    March 2020 Cover   (Mar 2020) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

    Matthew Lovetri sets up another on-target landing on his way to taking gold in the open sport accuracy event, as well as the Most Competitive Collegiate Skydiver award, at the USPA National Collegiate Skydiving Championships at Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales.

    March 2021 Cover   (Mar 2021) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Alex Swindle | D-31305

    Wingsuit skydiver Karlee King back-flies over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    May 1968 Cover   (May 1968) Homepage Featured Photos Covers

    Tony Bardell of the Seattle Sky Divers, flying alongside in Jack Ady's PT-22, shot this sequence of some of the Seattle bunch nonchalantly departing a Howard on floats.

    May 1969 Cover   (May 1969) Featured Photos Covers

    M. Anderson Jenkins composed this delicate silhouette of Terry Prouty cruising silently in the sun above California's Perris Valley DZ.

    May 1979 Cover   (May 1979) Featured Photos Covers

    Carl Boenish shot this cut-away main over Elsinore, CA.  The jumper under reserve is Jim Handbury.

    May 1980 Cover   (May 1980) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Carl Nelson, courtesy Roger Nelson.

    May 1981 Cover   (May 1981) Featured Photos Covers

    USPA President Larry Bagley captured this shot of new U.S. Para-ski Champion Tom Heinecke about to bury the disc at the Park West Para-ski meet.  This month's story about the Para-ski Championships begins on page 21.

    May 1982 Cover   (May 1982) Featured Photos Covers

    Erick Vickery of Bedford, MA caught this shot of the Golden Knights opening the 1982 National Para-ski Championships in Great Barrington, MA.  (Story on page 19).  The Knights choreographed the demo perfectly—they touched down just as the last notes of the National Anthem sounded.

    May 1983 Cover   (May 1983) Featured Photos Covers

    Eric Vickery of Bedford, MA, got this shot of an accuracy run during competition at the 1983 National Para-ski Championships at Gore Mountain in upstate New York.  More of Vickery's shots—along with the story and results from the meet—begin on page 27 of this issue of PARACHUTIST.

    May 1984 Cover   (May 1984) Featured Photos Covers

    Gus Wing, D-7117, was one of four jumpers to make a demo into Virginia Polytechnical Institute in Blacksburg, VA as part of a pre-game show for the football game against Virginia Military Institute.  Pictured are Phil Matthews, Buzz Connor and Tinker Hillman over VPI's Lane Stadium.

    May 1985 Cover   (May 1985) Featured Photos Covers

    Rande Deluca, D-5878, caught this month's cover shot of a DC-3 dumping a load out of two side doors.  Deluca was one of the early pioneers of freefall photography; with nearly 3,000 jumps he is one of the most experienced shooters in the sport.

    May 1986 Cover   (May 1986) Featured Photos Covers

    Eric Vickery, C-15915, was there to record Bob Johns of Alaska on an accuracy approach during the 1986 National Para-ski Championships in Utah.  Johns tied with Nick Kingery for first place in the men's open accuracy event.  More photos and the report on the Championships begins on page 25.

    May 1987 Cover   (May 1987) Featured Photos Covers

    Cover photo by Lynn Scheer.

    May 1988 Cover   (May 1988) Featured Photos Covers

    Bob Tomany, D-9376, USPA's official photograher for the 1988 Para-ski Nationals, caught this shot of a competitior shooting accuracy in the snow.  Tomany overwhelmed headquarters with ninety 8 x 10 magnificent color prints that he individually processed, over 400 more on proofsheets and two rolls worth of black-and-white snapshots.  His fine contribution can be futher explored in the accompanying report beginning on page 38.

    May 1989 Cover   (May 1989) Featured Photos Covers

    Greg Miklasiewicz, C-12423, of Fairfax, VA, captured this classic of a competition landing at this year's U.S. Para-Ski Nationals.  This year, he went to observe; next year, he says he'll compete.

    May 1990 Cover   (May 1990) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike Allen, D-10180, caught Shelly Jones in a freestyle T over the Air Adventures Florida DZ in Clewiston.  She is the daughter of Bill and Kay Jones, who operate the DZ, the site of last winter's U.S. Collegiate National Skydiving Championships.  This is the second PARACHUTIST cover shot at Clewiston; the last one appeared in March, 1988.

    May 1991 Cover   (May 1991) Featured Photos Covers

    A Utah-based jumper with 1200-plus jumps, Keith Stewart, D-8176, the official photographer for this year's National ParaSki Championships, catpured Rick Barta on final for the "peas"at Park West.   the full Championships report begins on page 24 of this issue.

    May 1992 Cover   (May 1992) Featured Photos Covers

    Official USPA National ParaSki Championships photographer Keith Stewart, D-8176, took this shot at the landing area of this year's meet in Park West, UT.  Keith served his second year in a row as USPA's official photographer, and his work appeared on the May 1991 cover as well.

    May 1993 Cover   (May 1993) Featured Photos Covers

    Norman Kent, D-8369, puts Tampa CReW between himself and the sun over Flager Beach, Fla., while filming a promotion for Performance Designs Lightning canopies.

    May 1994 Cover   (May 1994) Featured Photos Covers

    Professional photographer Jamie Paul, D-12641, swoops after Chuck Karcher over the Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island last January.  The skydive was part of a week-long boogie hosted by Bahamas Freefall Adventure which attracted 65 jumpers to the tropical resort.  Due to a few rainouts this year, the Bahamas boogie will be held during the month of April in 1995.

    May 1995 Cover   (May 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    Freefall photographer Jamie Paul, D-12641, captures Scott Smith and Patrick de Gayardon dueling it up on their boards at last year's world skysurfing championships in Eloy, Arizona.  Smith's hidden chest and leg straps give him the streamline yet functional look!

    May 1996 Cover   (May 1996) Featured Photos Covers

    Cameraman Michael McGowan, D-5709, captures the essence of accuracy competition as he photographs Dick Rapacilo during the POPS annual winter meet held in Umatilla, Florida.

    May 1997 Cover   (May 1997) Featured Photos Covers

    Freefall photographer Joe Jennings, D-13033, gets this once-in-a-lifetime shot of AFF student George Bush checking his altitude over Yuma, Arizona.  Reserve-side jumpmaster Andy Serrano keeps a close watch.  A full report begins on page 20.

    May 1998 Cover   (May 1998) Featured Photos Covers

    Fritz Pfnur snapped this shot of his Fly Boyz teammates Eli Thompson and Mike Ortiz performing a mind warp over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    May 1999 Cover   (May 1999) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Tony Hathaway took this shot of Paul Fairbanks, Jason Hyder and their AFF level 1 student, Corwyn Cortez, over Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida.

    May 2000 Cover   (May 2000) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Michael McGowan caught this shot as formation skydivers turn pieces during the South of the Border Boogie in San Carlos, Mexico.

    May 2001 Cover   (May 2001) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Andrew Staich took this shot of Elsinore Psycho Cirkus teammates Lary Sprock and Heath Richardson on a jump over Skydive Elsinore in California.

    May 2002 Cover   (May 2002) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Adam Rosen took this shot of a multi-level hybrid dive during last year's World Freefall Convention in Quincy, Illinois.  Storm Dunker is docked on the left; Damian Atkinson carries the yellow tube and Stuey Newman the red tube.  The upright flyers are Chris Salcone and Heath Richardson (bottom).

    May 2003 Cover   (May 2003) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Craig O'Brien took this shot of the Ilse Vanbouchout and Dan Cook exiting a hot air balloon over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    May 2004 Cover   (May 2004) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Michael McGowan took this shot of Keith and Yvette Walter, Tom Wood, Katie Sell, Chuck Blue and Jen McGowan flying a 6-way zipper over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    May 2005 Cover   (May 2005) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Craig O'Brien took this shot of formation skydivers flying a 24-way over Prachuap, Thailand, during the Thai Sky Festival in March.

    May 2006 Cover   (May 2006) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Andrey Veselov snapped this shot of Shigeyoshi Fujisawa taking a ride on an inflatable toy, with Eiko Shimura holding on for support, on a jump during the Thai Sky Festival in Prachuap, Thailand, in March.

    May 2007 Cover   (May 2007) Featured Photos Covers

    Sergeant Jon Ewald captiured this shot of the U.S. Army Golden Knights Black demonstration team training over Yuma, Arizona.

    May 2008 Cover   (May 2008) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Jason Peters captured this shot of the 20-way women's head-down formation that the group is claiming as a new world record, completed March 21 over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    May 2009 Cover   (May 2009) Featured Photos Covers

    photo by Brett Newman | USPA #130487

    Members of Team Off Track (from top), Roger Mulckey, Shea Convery and Cameron Jarrett, fly their canopies over the Richmond River in Ballina, New South Wales, Australia.

    May 2012 Cover   (May 2012) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Harry Parker | D-15425
    After waiting all day for the winds to die down, Matthew Spicer concentrates on his exit during a student currency jump over Skydive Sebastian in Florida.

    May 2013 Cover   (May 2013) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Bryan Scott | D-10265
    In the beam of a 22,000-lumen plasma light, jumpers practice their canopy flying at Florida Skydiving Center in Lake Wales in anticipation of setting the unofficial night canopy formation world record, a 26-way, a few weeks later.

    May 2014 Cover   (May 2014) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369
    Diana Osuna and Alex Klockner exit over Banderas Bay during Skydive Mex's Pachanga Beach Boogie in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

    May 2015 Cover   (May 2015) Featured Photos Covers

     

    Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

    Caroline Layne goes for a magic carpet ride on wingsuit flyer Jeff Provenzano at the Pachangon Beach Boogie in Mexico.

    May 2016 Cover   (May 2016) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Javier Ortiz | D-28774

    Olga Naumova (center) celebrates her birthday with Jakud Sklenka (left) and Joao Paulo by making a balloon jump at the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus in the United Arab Emirates.

    May 2017 Cover   (May 2017) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Ralph Turner | C-43075

    Anais Zanotti and Salim Rubiales move in to dock during a freefly jump at Skydive Miami in Homestead, Florida.

    May 2018 Cover   (May 2018) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Tom Sanders  |  D-6503
    Jumpers fly a round over the Great Blue Hole, a large submarine sinkhole in the Caribbean, during the Boogie in Belize.

    May 2018 by Gen Montreuil   (May 2018) Featured Photos Featured Event

    Jumpers fly a hybrid during the SIS of ArOZona Sisters in Skydiving event at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Photo by Gen Montreuil  |  D-31992

    May 2018 Photo by David Lake | D-30458   (May 2018) Featured Photos Featured DZ

    Photo by David Lake  |  D-30458

    Damien Ettema swoops the pond at Skydive New England.

    May 2018 Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (May 2018) Featured Photos Closing In

    Photo by Raymond Adams  |  D-30158

    Devin LaMon and Ashley Maurice enjoy a freefly jump during the Pepe's Island Boogie in Panama. 

    May 2019 Cover   (May 2019) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Bruno Brokken |USPA #96017

    At Skydive Sebastian in Florida, the CF World Team sets the 36-way Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Canopy Formation Skydive at Night.

    May 2020 Cover   (May 2020) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

    A canopy formation doesn’t quite go according to plan at the annual Spring Fling event at Skydive Sebastian in Florida. (No jumpers were injured—or even needed to cut away—in the making of this photo.)

    May 2021 Cover   (May 2021) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Mark Kirschenbaum for Hypoxic | D-28511

    Rookie Lauren Rodes works on her head-up docking with coach Seth Logan during the Rookie Roundup at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Missing Justin Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251   (Jun 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Jumpers at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, fly a missing-man formation in honor of Justin Lowell Goff, who passed away April 21.

    Mystery Solved Photo by Lonnie Kirk | D-18988   (Jul 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    At Skydive City Zephyhills in Florida, Doug Cross reveals the source of chem trails as Marcie Smith looks on.

    Nailing The Record Photo by Steve Shorten   (Jul 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Photo By Steve Shorten | D-27932

    Jumpers Paul Cochran, Art Cross, Tim Guy, Daryl Harmon, Mike McCormick, Jim Nelson, Dana Parker, Dick Pigg, Bob Summers, Jim Trimby and Ed Zell set the 11-way Indiana Skydivers Over Sixty Record for Largest Formation Skydive over Frankfort, Indiana.

    November 1968 Cover   (Nov 1968) Featured Photos Covers

    Shooting from a chase plane, Stan Kreiser catches members of the Air Force Academy Parachute Team jumping an Air Commando C-123K over Colorado.

    November 1969 Cover   (Nov 1969) Featured Photos Covers

    A "Gold Wings Star" shot by Carl Boenish over Elsinore, Calif. In the picture are Gold Wingers Jerry Rouillard, Joe Faulk, Mike Corah, Bill Edwards, Jay Gifford, Mike Milts and "Skratch" Garrison.

    November 1979 Cover   (Nov 1979) Featured Photos Covers

    Gary Young of Tustin, CA unintenionally demonstrates the importance of a pre-flight pin-check during a 16-way exit over Elsinore, CA.  Fortunately nothing was injured except his pride.  Photo by Norman A. Kent.

    November 1980 Cover   (Nov 1980) Featured Photos Covers

    Russ Armbruster, coming down in the November dusk.  Photo by Don Hinton.

    November 1981 Cover   (Nov 1981) Featured Photos Covers

    Rob Omstead, D-6747, Ernie Smith, C-14793, and Barney Kerr, C-12331, of the Scravel Hill Skydivers splash down during a demo jump into the Albany Timber Carnival in Oregon.  Photographer Vickie Dufur, with 99 jumps and a fresh piece of plaster on her leg, is also a member of the club.

    November 1982 Cover   (Nov 1982) Featured Photos Covers

    Perhaps using a Navy LST for a jump platform isn't the same as leaping out of a DC-3 at 12,500 feet but Phil Murdoch and photographer John Noak, D-6410, figured it was the best they could do at the time.  Noak shot the photo during survival training for Air Force personnel in Biscayne Bay south of Miami, FL.

    November 1983 Cover   (Nov 1983) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike Swain, D-2078, took this self-portrait over Florida with the help of photographers John Cloud and Dick Dickinson (non-jumpers who are "very successful with mounting cameras in unusual places," according to Swain) and a motorized Nikon with an extreme wide-angle 8mm lens.  Swain is the director of photography and vice president of Hack Swain Productions, a motion picture studio in Sarasota, FL and has been a member of USPA for 15 years.

    November 1984 Cover   (Nov 1984) Featured Photos Covers

    Martin Klett, D-7827, took this shot of Connie Murphy, Dennis Hendrick and Steve Johnson hamming it up over the Perris Valley drop zone in California.  According to Murphy, "Skydiving can be many things to us, but one thing's for sure...It's fun."

    November 1985 Cover   (Nov 1985) Featured Photos Covers

    Norman Kent, who spent most of last month in Yugoslavia for the VIth World Championships of RW (page 15) submitted this photo of a 3-stack landing at Perris Valley Paracenter prior to his departure.  Kent's photos of the world championships will accompany Craig Fronk's complete story in next month's PARACHUTIST.

    November 1986 Cover   (Nov 1986) Featured Photos Covers

    This month's cover was shot by Dave "Bluebaker" Hancock, 32, a five-year member of the Australian 8-way team with more than 3,500 jumps.  It shows the American CRW sequential team practicing over the lighthouse at Byron Bay, which, as the most easterly point in Australia, is roughly equivalent to America's Cape Hatteras.  A complete report on the World CRW Championships in Australia begins on page 16.

    November 1987 Cover   (Nov 1987) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom Sanders was part of the American contingent which visited Seoul, South Korea for the World Cup of Champions in late September.  This shot was taken by Sanders during one of the practice RW demonstration jumps into the Olympic Stadium, which will be the site of many of next year's Summer Olympic events.  More details on the South Korea trip appear in the At Presstime section on page 30.

    November 1988 Cover   (Nov 1988) Featured Photos Covers

    Michigan skydiver, pilot and stained glass artist Patte Alsterberg originally conceived this month's cover design as a glass etching to commemorate skydiving's role in the 1988 Summer Olympics.

    November 1989 Cover   (Nov 1989) Featured Photos Covers

    Gus Wing, D-7117, was over the SkyDance DZ in Davis, CA to film this "room dive" organized by Bungee Wallace during the Wilbury Invitational held there on August 18-20.

    November 1990 Cover   (Nov 1990) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom Sanders, D-6503, caught this exclusive photo of the World Record (as yet unofficial) Women's CRW formation built over the October 6-7 weekend in Madera, CA.  The group was organized by Linda Stokely and Lori Bartlett.  Sanders and camerman-CRW enthusiast Brad Hood teamed together to film the event.  Sanders, a professional cinematographer with 4,000 jumps, plans to use this footage in an upcoming movie about several action sports.

    November 1991 Cover   (Nov 1991) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom Sanders, D-6503, took this photograph of stuntmen Jake Lombard and Jeff Habberstad over Lake Powell, UT, while filming the low-pull scene of the movie, "Point Break" featuring Patrick Swayze. Sanders' work appears in a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Point Break" on page 32.

    November 1992 Cover   (Nov 1992) Featured Photos Covers

    The late Mike Allen, D-10180, took this photograph over the Florida Keys during Memorial Day weekend 1991.  Regretfully, PARACHUTIST has not been able to use it until now; Allen did earlier this year in an automobile accident in his home state of Florida.  His excellent photography has appeared several times within the pages of PARACHUTIST.

    November 1993 Cover   (Nov 1993) Featured Photos Covers

    Jamie Paul caught this shot of teammate Tamara Koyn during the 1993 Skyblazin' World Championships in Empuriabrava, Spain last month.  The pair took a silver medal in the women's freestyle division at the competition.

    November 1994 Cover   (Nov 1994) Featured Photos Covers

    CRW photographer Pay Hayter, D-12821, lurked a 17-way diamond over Kapowsin Air Sports in Washington state to get this shot in 1992.  Several jumpers on the load were also part of the Diamond Quest '94 group who just built a new world record over Davis, California, on October 12.  Check "Paragrams" on page 13 for more details.

    November 1995 Cover   (Nov 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer David Keith, D-5441, took this shot of fellow videoman Martin Evans, tandem instructor Mike Ince and his passenger over SkyDance SkyDiving in Davis, California.  Keith's inverted flying style provided the unique angle on the formation.

    November 1996 Cover   (Nov 1996) Featured Photos Covers

    From the state of Maine, Scott Jaszlics, D-12215, swoops the pond after a jump at Skydive Lebanon.  Freefall photographer Gustavo Cabana of Argentina, now a resident of Perris, California, captured this image in late June.

    November 1997 Cover   (Nov 1997) Featured Photos Covers

    Freefall photographer Michael McGowan provides this month's cover shot of Oliver Furrer and Christian Schmidt at pull time over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.  This skysurfing team took the gold in the 1st World Championships of Freestyle and Skysurfing at the 1st World Air Games in Efes, Turkey.

    November 1998 Cover   (Nov 1998) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Tony Hathaway took this shot of tandem instructor Jason Hyder and passenger Kelly Hutcheson as they celebrate their engagement over Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida.  Ron Hill and Sally Lawrence join in on the fun.

    November 1999 Cover   (Nov 1999) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Michael McGowan took this shot of the U.S. Army Golden Knights during a jump over Skydive Cross Keys in Williamstown, New Jersey.  The Knights reclaimed the U.S. 8-way title at September's formation skydiving nationals.

    November 2000 Cover   (Nov 2000) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Norman Kent took this shot of Nicole Angelides and Hunter Roberts playing around over Skydive DeLand in Florida.  Kent used and eight-millimeter lens for the shot.

    November 2001 Cover   (Nov 2001) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Janine Hill took this shot of (front to back) Toby Tyler, Ginny Stone and George Lake exiting for a freefly jump over Skydive Lake Tahoe in Beckwourth, California.

    November 2002 Cover   (Nov 2002) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Craig O'Brien took this shot of Jim Slaton swooping across the pond during the Pro Swooping Tour 2002 Team Challenge at Perris Valley Skydiving in Californina in October.

    November 2003 Cover   (Nov 2003) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Jason Peters took this shot of Missy Nelson (top) and Amy Chmelecki of the Suger Gliderz freefly team practicing their moves over Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

    November 2004 Cover   (Nov 2004) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Eric Shaden took this shot of Kenny Jaworski docking on Brad Vancina during a freefly jump over Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

    November 2005 Cover   (Nov 2005) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Norman Kent took this shot of the new women's world record, a 151-way completed September 30 over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    November 2006 Cover   (Nov 2006) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Raymond Adams took this shot of Team Mandrin training over Skydive the Farm in Rockmart, Georgia, for the upcoming U.S. nationals vertical formation skydiving demonstration event.  The team includes (left to right) camera flyer Brian Buckland, Kyle Starck, Dave Brown, Jon Pinyon and Eric Deren.

    November 2007 Cover   (Nov 2007) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Bryan Scott captured this shot of a 15-way canopy formation during a recent CF world record tryout camp at Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida.

    November 2008 Cover   (Nov 2008) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer J.C. Colclasure captured this shot of Jonathan Tagle of the PD Factory Team throwing the peace sign under canopy during Swoop Week at Mile-Hi Skydiving Center in Longmont, Colorado.

    November 2012 Cover   (Nov 2012) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Cheryl Brown | USPA #244108
    Robert Waspe prepares to land his canopy as the morning sun rises behind dissipating clouds at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

    November 2013 Cover   (Nov 2013) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Brian Festi | D-26788

    Clean Air turns points on its way to winning the gold medal in the canopy formation skydiving 4-way rotations event at the 2013 USPA Nationals at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

    November 2014 Cover   (Nov 2014) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Randy Swallows | D-31271

    Fresh off of its win at the 2014 World Championships of 8-Way Formation Skydiving, the US Army Golden Knights turn in another gold-medal-winning performance at the USPA Nationals.

    November 2015 Cover   (Nov 2015) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

    Jeff Kauffman (top) and David Hanley of team Skyscrapers take a stand above Skydive Dallas. 

    November 2016 Cover   (Nov 2016) Homepage Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Rick Winkler | D-32647

    At Skydive Elsinore in California, Taylor Cole, Eric Gallan, Sean Jones and Will Kitto of U.S. Canopy Formation Team Elsinore Too Wrapped Up make a practice jump to prepare for competing in the rotations event at the FAI World Parachuting Championships Mondial.

    November 2017 Cover   (Nov 2017) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Daniel Angulo | D-28777

    On his way to taking the gold medal in accuracy landing, Rick Kuhns approaches the tuffet during an 11th-round jump-off with fellow competitor Jimmy Drummond at the 2017 USPA National Parachuting Championships at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

    November 2018 Cover   (Nov 2018) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by David Cherry | D-33500

    Mixed formation skydiving team Fallhalla (Chris Gunter, Paul Harris and Emily Royal) turns points on its way to taking fourth in the advanced class at the USPA National Skydiving Championships at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

    November 2019 Cover   (Nov 2019) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862

    Prior to the start of the USPA National Championships at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, members of SDC Rhythm XP (Douglas Barron, Andrew Happick, JaNette Lefkowitz and Steve Lefkowitz) practice for the open 4-way formation skydiving event, where they took the gold medal.

    November 2020 Cover   (Oct 2020) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Craig O’Brien | D-19294

    Magician and C-licensed skydiver David Blaine takes off under a cluster of weather balloons to make a nearly 25,000-foot jump over Page, Arizona, for his YouTube special event “Ascension.”

    November 2021 Cover   (Nov 2021) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Roy Wimmer-Jaglom | USPA #310489

    Johannes Bergfors flies his canopy through a scenic mountain valley during the ToraTora Adventure Boogie at USPA Foreign Affiliate Skydive Bovec in Slovenia.

    O Yeah! Photo by Craig O'Brien | D-19294   (Nov 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    At the Big O Boogie at Skydive Orange in Virginia, (from left) Nancy Koreen, Zachary Hoffman and Grayson Hoffman enjoy a head-down skydive.

    Photo by Craig O'Brien | D-19294

    October 1968 Cover   (Oct 1968) Featured Photos Covers

    Members of the U.S. Parachute Team hit the target at Bad Kreuznach, Germany, during practice en route to the World Meet.  Photo by Chip Maury

    October 1969 Cover   (Oct 1969) Featured Photos Covers

    Canada's first 5-man star shot by Ron Dionne (Canada D-58) over the Abbotsford, B.C. DZ.  Clockwise from far left:  Bill Hardman, Kurt Jensen, Gerry Harper, Doug Corrigan, John McGoldrick. Kay Hardman to the far right.

    October 1979 Cover   (Oct 1979) Featured Photos Covers

    All ten members of Mirror Image "pose" for a group portrait over Tecumseh, MI while training for the World Championships in Chateauroux, France.  "The Mirror" went on to burn a 5.16 second ten-way star while in France setting a new world record in the event.

    October 1980 Cover   (Oct 1980) Featured Photos Covers

    Tony Gonzales clicked this shot of Valerie Thal (top) and Wayne Snyder flying a biplane in front of the water jet during a demonstration jump at Fountain Hills, AZ.

    October 1981 Cover   (Oct 1981) Featured Photos Covers

    Bob "Feisty" Feisthamel, Daryl S. Dassinger, Robert Suchor, Rocco Varriano and Jim Christensen build a 5-stack during the West Coast CRW Championships meet (see story, page 39).  The photo was taken by Kari Seppanen, C-8092, a Seattle-area jumper who has logged some 1800 skydives and is a USPA Instructor and master rigger.

    October 1982 Cover   (Oct 1982) Featured Photos Covers

    Steven G. Fisher, C-9705, caught this shot of the Jumpstreet CRW team members Vince Bizzarro, Terry O'Malley, Tom Morris and Bill Kowalski in front of the Ben Franklin Bridge which spans the Delaware River to link Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  The jump was a benefit for handicapped children.

    October 1983 Cover   (Oct 1983) Featured Photos Covers

    Gus Wing, D-7117, caught this exit shot of Linda Walczak, Martha Scott and Kathy Embrey and photograher Rick Snow leaving the Firestone DC-3 during a women's world record attempt at Palatka, FL last May.  Although this 32-way attempt was unsuccessful, another one attempted at Freeport, IL in August was, and has been submitted to world parachuting authorities for official recognition (see Paragrams, page 6).

    October 1984 Cover   (Oct 1984) Featured Photos Covers

    The frost may not be on the pumpkin just yet, but autumn has already arrived in certain parts of the courntry, like the White Mountain Parachute Center in Moultonboro, NH for example.  Welcoming the arrival of fall and the season of witches, goblins and jack o'lanterns are George Ireland with his pal Chumly.  According to photograher Bruce Therrien, "The jump went as planned and was uneventful until landing when Chumly sustained minor injuries."  Chumly's make-up by Lisa.

    October 1985 Cover   (Oct 1985) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike Homer, Esther Bick, Ernie Long, Phyllis McCauley and Steve Dramstad check out cameraman Mike McGowan over the Aero Country DZ in Texas.  McGowan is a frequent contributor to PARACHUTIST whose work has also appeared in the annual USPA Calendar.  (For more information on ordering the 1986 USPA Skydive Calendar, see page 34 of this issue.)

    October 1986 Cover   (Oct 1986) Featured Photos Covers

    Frequent PARACHUTIST contributor Tom Sanders snapped this shot of the beach in Mazatlan, Mexico, where a group of Perris Valley skydivers vacationed last year, combining jumps over the ocean with sunshine and resort hotel living.

    October 1987 Cover   (Oct 1987) Featured Photos Covers

    Norman Kent filmed this truly breathtaking shot over Key Largo, FL for his upcoming film "From Wings Came Flight."  The color-coordinated sequence is one of the several done by a group of jumpers known as the "Dream Team" headed by Guy Manos.  Their jumps in Florida, California and Mexico will form much, though by no means all, of the footage in the film.

    October 1988 Cover   (Oct 1988) Featured Photos Covers

    Thomas Adamski provided this photo of his friends Chapin Strickland, D-10158, and Patty Kerns, D-10652, joining freestyle Ts over Northampton, MA.

    October 1989 Cover   (Oct 1989) Featured Photos Covers

    Steve Wood, D-11234, caught some jumpers boogieing through a valley of clouds over the 20th Annual Pig Roast and Heathen Reunion at the Greene County Sport Parachute Center in Bardstown, KY July 21-23.  The meet was supported by the center's Beaver, its Cessna and Mike Mullins' Helio Stallion which flew 134 jumpers on 50 loads.

    October 1990 Cover   (Oct 1990) Featured Photos Covers

    Keith Iceberg, D-4750, is a filmmaker who divides his time between Florida and New York.  A tandem and AFF instructor with over 3,900 jumps, Iceberg accompanied U.S. Teams to the World Meets in 1985 and 1987 as a videographer, and his footage has been aired internationally.  His still work was displayed before over 10,000 people at OK Harris, the first major New York gallery to show skydiving as art.

    October 1991 Cover   (Oct 1991) Featured Photos Covers

    USPA's Executive Director Bill Ottley, D-298, took this shot of Chris Wagner's stand-up landing during the closing ceremonies of the 9th World Championships of Relative Work in Lucenec, Czecho-Slovakia, on August 11.  A full report on the Championships begins on page 27.

    October 1992 Cover   (Oct 1992) Featured Photos Covers

    Tom Sanders, D-6503, gets a shot of his favorite subject, Jan Davis, over Palau in Micronesia (see related story on page 41).  The project is part of Sanders' upcoming adventure sports movie,  "Over the Edge," planned for release early next year.  The film will include breathtaking footage of hang gliding, fixed object jumping, scuba diving, bungee jumping and skydiving.

    October 1993 Cover   (Oct 1993) Featured Photos Covers

    Videographer Michael McGowan, D-5709, captures a 14-way on film while compiling footage for the 1993 World Freefall Convention boogie video over Quincy, Illinois.  More than 1,800 skydivers descended on the town of Quincy in August, breaking last year's attendance record by nearly twenty percent.  For a full report on this year's Convention, see page 37.

    October 1994 Cover   (Oct 1994) Featured Photos Covers

    This month's cover photo comes from the camera of Tom Sanders, D-6503, during the completion of  the 215-way formation built over Bratislava, Slovakia, in August.   Although it didn't qualify as an official world record by FAI standards, it was the second successful formation built during a week of world record attempts.  The shot also appears in the October issue of Life Magazine.

    October 1995 Cover   (Oct 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Ron Griffith, D-16869, captures Norwegian Frode Lund during a "chute assis" jump (also called sit-flying) at Skydive City's Easter boogie held in Zephryhills, Florida.

    October 1996 Cover   (Oct 1996) Featured Photos Covers

    Freefall photographer Bruce Therrien, D-8634, of Paracam Productions took this shot of a 12-way exiting a Beech King Air 99 owned by Skydive Lebanon in Maine.  Therrien is a frequent contributor to Parachutist; his work was last featured in March '96.

    October 1997 Cover   (Oct 1997) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brian Erler closes in on Dick Spates, Marc Tripari, Josh Dolan and Ken Pelkey as they take a break from their DZ staff duties to make a fun jump over Skydive Space Center in Titusville, Florida.

    October 1998 Cover   (Oct 1998) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brian Erler catches this shot as skysurfer Eric Fradet and camera flyer Peter Raymond exit the Cessna Caravan over Skydive Space Center in Titusville, Florida.

    October 1999 Cover   (Oct 1999) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Norman Kent took this shot of 118 women setting a new world record for the largest all-female formation on September 5, 1999, over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    October 2000 Cover   (Oct 2000) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brian Erler took this shot of the 2000 X Games champion Yahoo! Skysurf Team, with Stephan Klaus and camera flyer Brian Rogers, on their way to the gold medal over the Roche Winery in Sonoma, California.

    October 2001 Cover   (Oct 2001) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Adam Rosenthal took this shot of Jay Moledzki piloting his canopy across the water during the Pond Swooping Nationals at the Ranch Parachute Club in Gardiner, New York.

    October 2002 Cover   (Oct 2002) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Adrian Nicholas took this shot of formation skydivers building a big-way during the Hercules Boogie in Lidkoping, Sweden, in August.

    October 2003 Cover   (Oct 2003) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Joel Kiesel took this shot of skysurfer Kathee Johnson and camera flyer Steve Miller exiting for a training jump over Skydive Elsinore in California.  The team, Elsinore Boardwalk, represented the U.S. at the world championships in France in September.

    October 2004 Cover   (Oct 2004) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Joel Kiesel took this shot of 4-way team Elsinore Vengeance, with Dave Correia, Debbi Correia, Alan Keyser and Jeff Smith, launching out of the Super Otter over Skydive Elsinore in California.

    October 2005 Cover   (Oct 2005) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Craig O'Brien took this shot of Trent Alkek (top) and Steve Boyd of Spaceland Anomaly performing their routine on their way to a gold medal in open freeflying at the 2005 USPA Nationals at Perris Valley Skydiving in California.  The team also includes Jed Lloyd.

    October 2006 Cover   (Oct 2006) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Norman Kent took this shot of Gene Newsome, a memeber of the Team Fastrax demo team, trailing the American flag as he and his teammates descend next to the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island in New York.  The demonstration jump was organized to promote a Guiness Book record attempt.

    October 2007 Cover   (Oct 2007) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Ludovic Gfeller captured this shot of Jeffro Provenzano performing a Blindman as he takes a look at Gruyere Castle in Gruyere, Switzerland.

    October 2008 Cover   (Oct 2008) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Craig O'Brien captured this shot of Lara Eisenberg throwing the peace sign during a formation skydiving load over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    October 2012 Cover   (Oct 2012) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369
    Jumpers converge on the base during the head-down world record attempts at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

    October 2013 Cover   (Oct 2013) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369
    Jumpers enjoy a formation skydive during the Summerfest boogie at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

    October 2014 Cover   (Oct 2014) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Craig O'Brien | D-19294

    Rob Carter radiates hapiness as he flies down over Skydive Perris in California.

    October 2015 Cover   (Oct 2015) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Gustavo Cabana | USPA #80952

    During Summerfest at Skydive Chicago, 164 skydivers set the World Record for Largest Head-Down Formation Skydive.

    October 2016 Cover   (Oct 2016) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Mike Carpenter | D-34137

    Some of the best freeflyers in the U.S., Mike Bohn and Leland Procell of Team FLO, Chad Ross and Damian Germano of Zulu Foxtrot, Brent Witt and John Starkey of Atlas Freefly, Andy Malchiodi of SoCal Converge and Keith Creedy join together to build a hybrid formation at GoJump Oceanside in California.

    October 2017 Cover   (Oct 2017) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Kin Lon Ma

    After dropping the final jumper during the Solar Eclipse Boogie at Skydive Awesome in Madras, Oregon, pilot Alex Luke descends in front of the eclipsed sun in a Twin Otter provided by Skydive Arizona in Eloy for the occasion.

    October 2018 Cover   (Oct 2018) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Norman Kent  |  D-8369

    Jumpers follow the base out of a Skyvan during the successful Skydivers Over Sixty World Record attempts at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, where the team eventually built a 75-way formation.

    October 2019 Cover   (Oct 2019) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Terry Weatherford | D-22518

    Marie Clark excitedly leaps from the gondola while making her first balloon jump at Skydive Perris in California.

    October 2020 Cover   (Oct 2020) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Thomas Grana | D-34640

    At the Highlight Skydiving Team’s training camp at Meadow Peak Skydiving in Marion, Montana, to prepare for countrywide demos commemorating the anniversary of the 19th amendment (which gave women the right to vote), Keri Bell swoops by her teammates during a photo shoot coordinated by photographer David Wybenga.

    October 2021 Cover   (Oct 2021) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Kevin Kierce | D-14562

    Doug Pinkham and Linnea Norby celebrate one year of dating with a jump from a Sikorsky 59T helicopter during the Perris Sky Rave boogie at Skydive Perris in California.

     

    Oh My! By Karen Lewis Dalton   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Oh My! | Photo by Karen Lewis Dalton | D-24575

    At Skydive Perris in California, the drop zone’s organizers, a few world champions and some friends build two formations to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Chinese company My. The team built the formations on the first attempt and then built them again on the second attempt for good measure. 

    On Top of the World Photo by Mark Norman | D-23126   (Nov 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Simon Whittle skysurfs above the World Islands at Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

    One Temporary Escape by Kayla Perron   (May 2018) Featured Photos Featured Art

    “One Temporary Escape”  
    Watercolor

    Kayla Perron | B-47722
    Winter Park, Florida

    Out for a Spin Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Aug 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Ryan Bolohan carves it up at Skydive Georgia in Cedartown.

    Photo Spread Photo by Brian Festi   (Apr 2018) Homepage Featured Photos Photo Spread

    Photo by Brian Festi | D-26788

    At Skydive DeLand in Florida, jumpers practice a sector of a formation they will build for a television program celebrating Chinese New Year.

    Photo Spread Photo by Andy Farrington   (May 2018) Featured Photos Photo Spread

    Photo by Andy Farrington | D-19747

    Jumpers take a break from Safety Day activities to make a head-down jump at Kapowsin Air Sports in Shelton, Washington.

    Photo Spread Photo By Zach Lewis   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos Photo Spread

    Photo By Zach Lewis | D-21616

    At Skydive Arizona in Eloy, jumpers build a formation in memory of legendary skydiver Tom Jenkins, who died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in December.

    Photo Spread Photo by Guru Khalsa   (Jul 2018) Featured Photos Photo Spread

    Photo by Guru Khalsa | D-32694

    From left, C.J. Roane, Cody Edgeworth, Laura Wagner and Steve Downey fly a head-down flower at the Looking to Build event at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas.

    Photo Spread Photo by David Wybenga   (Aug 2018) Featured Photos Photo Spread

    Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862

    At Skydive Arizona in Eloy during the Arizona Challenge, a formation skydiving event organized by former and current members of champion 4-way FS team Arizona Airspeed, participants build the event’s grand-finale formation, a representation of the team’s triangular logo.

    Photo Spread Photo by Michael Tomaselli   (Sep 2018) Featured Photos Centerspread

    Photo by Michael Tomaselli | D-18530

    Canopy formation skydivers enjoy the view of a beautiful cloudscape during the Dawg Daze Boogie at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

    Pressing Forward Photo by Mike McGowan | D-5709   (Mar 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Tyler Buffington swoops in for landing at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Prison Break Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (May 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Actor Wade Williams, best known for his role as prison guard Brad Bellick on the TV series “Prison Break,” makes a tandem skydive with instructor Ryan Clough and jumpers Ryan Mari and Eric Salas at the Fitz Boogie in Fitzgerald, Georgia.

    Pyramid Power Photo by Juan Mayer | D-26130   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    A 14-way flies over the Pyramid of Khafre during the Sky Seekers Boogie in Giza, Egypt.

    Quaranteam Photo by George Katsoulis   (Aug 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Photo by George Katsoulis | USPA #93010

    On their return to the sky after the lifting of lockdown orders, Bob Compton, Terry Dauplaise, Eric Knight and Celine Pelletier launch an open accordion at Skydive Perris in California.

    Raising Awareness Photo by Lee Cipriani-Nisley | D-32598   (Jun 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    At Skydive the Gulf in Elberta, Alabama, Leigh Miller makes a tandem jump with DZO Luke Church to raise awareness of sexual assault survivors.

    Raising Awareness Photo by Lee Cipriani-Nisley | D-32598   (Jun 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    At Skydive the Gulf in Elberta, Alabama, Leigh Miller makes a tandem jump with DZO Luke Church to raise awareness of sexual assault survivors.

    Ready For Spring Photo By Ellen Morris   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Photo By Ellen Morris | D-26655

    Neither wind nor the threat of a late-season snow storm could dissuade DZO Ole Thompson (second from right) and other intrepid jumpers from Vermont Skydiving Adventures in Addison from attending Safety Day, which the DZ traditionally holds in April rather than March due to the climate. 

    Ready For Spring   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Photo By Ellen Morris | D-26655

    Neither wind nor the threat of a late-season snow storm could dissuade DZO Ole Thompson (second from right) and other intrepid jumpers from Vermont Skydiving Adventures in Addison from attending Safety Day, which the DZ traditionally holds in April rather than March due to the climate. 

    Released Together Photo by Randy Forbes  | D-10858   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    At Skydive Perris in California, jumpers release the ashes of longtime California jumper Linda Hardesty, D-15263, and her father, Ted Hardesty.

    Retirement Party Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468   (Jan 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    After deciding to retire from the sport, Andy Tuman (blue jumpsuit, purple grippers) makes his farewell skydive with friends at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner, New York.

    Photo by Laszlo Andacs | D-22468

    Return To the Sky Photo by Darren Johnson | D-23069   (Oct 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Canopy formation skydivers (from top) Mike Roy, Mark McManamay and Dale Maddox release the ashes of longtime Skydive Tecumseh staff member, instructor and pilot Harold “Buster” Walenski over Honey Acres Airport in Clinton, Michigan.

    Darren Johnson | D-23069

    Saying Goodbye Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858   (Sep 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Jumpers at Skydive Perris in California release the ashes of longtime skydiver Bud Krueger, D-3664.

    September 1968 Cover   (Sep 2018) Homepage Featured Photos

    Ten good reasons to support the 1968 United States Parachute Team.  See page 6 for the story of their training and more Chip Maury photos.

    September 1969 Cover   (Sep 1969) Featured Photos Covers

    '69 Nationals Official Photographer, Chip Maury, catches this unusual silhouette of Paul Henley at sunrise.

    September 1979 Cover   (Sep 1979) Featured Photos Covers

    Mike Mount captured this split-second of Visions' ten-way exit at The Nationals.  With eight jumpers out the door this quickly, it's no wonder Visions went on to win the Gold in ten-way.

    September 1980 Cover   (Sep 1980) Featured Photos Covers

    The official emblem and design for this year's National Championships was created by a non-skydiver, artist Butch Thorne of Washington, D.C., who was asked by USPA to suggest the "flavor" of skydiving—which evidently he did successfully, since official 1980 National Championships T-shirts were part of every competitor's daily uniform in Richmond, IN this summer.  (These official championships T-shirts are available to all members, for personal wear and as gifts, through the USPA Store.  To order see page 50.)

    September 1981 Cover   (Sep 1981) Featured Photos Covers

    Washington, DC artist Clarence Thorne featured the 20th anniversary theme in creating this year's official U.S. National Championships emblem.  The design appeared on T-shirts, souvenirs and now this month's cover, highlighting the special report on the Nationals, skydiving's biggest competitive event each year.

    September 1982 Cover   (Sep 1982) Featured Photos Covers

    Commerical artist Chuck Prodey, D-4444, provided the illustration used as the officIal emblem for the 1982 National Skydiving Championships.  the emblem, combined with Gus Wing's color shot from last year's World Meet, provides the cover for this montH's issue of PARACHUTIST.

    September 1983 Cover   (Sep 1983) Featured Photos Covers

    Commercial artist Guy MacLachlan, C-10352, of Oceanside, CA was commissioned by USPA for the official 1983 Nationals emblem that appears on this month's cover.  MacLachlan's design also appears on the offical Nationals T-shirt, an order form for which is on page 11 of this issue.

    September 1984 Cover   (Sep 1984) Featured Photos Covers

    Commercial artist Guy MacLachlan, C-10352, was again commissioned by USPA for the official 1984 Nationals emblem that appears on the cover of this month's issue of PARACHUTIST.  (He designed the 1983 emblem as well.)  MacLachlan's design also appears on the official 1984 Nationals T-shirts, available from the USPA store.

    September 1985 Cover   (Sep 1985) Featured Photos Covers

    Gary Cobb, D-8876, designed the official logo for the 1985 National Skydiving Championships which appears on this month's cover and on the official National Championships T-shirts and hats (see page 44 for ordering information).  The complete report on the 1985 Budweiser Skydiving Championships begins on page 14 of this issue.

    September 1986 Cover   (Sep 1986) Featured Photos Covers

    This month's PARACHUTIST cover is a composite of a photograph taken by Robyn Allen and the official logo for this year's National Skydiving Championships designed by Gary Cobb.

    September 1987 Cover   (Sep 1987) Featured Photos Covers

    On our cover this month are two emblems, the larger one of the 1987 National Skydiving Championships which are featured in this issue in stories and articles and another which commemorates the 30th anniversary of USPA and the Parachute Club of America.

    September 1988 Cover   (Sep 1988) Featured Photos Covers

    Kim Llewellyn is a graphic designer and sculptor working in New York City.  She is the designer of this year's Nationals and Para-ski logos.  A USPA member, Kim completed her AFF training in April, 1988 and now has 70 jumps.

    September 1989 Cover   (Sep 1989) Featured Photos Covers

    John Herring, of Paragraphics, designed the logo for this year's Nationals.  It was borrowed from Harold McElfish, who used it years ago in advertising for his Dallas, TX equipment company.

    September 1990 Cover   (Sep 1990) Featured Photos Covers

    Ian Graham provided the artwork for this year's Nationals.  He and his wife Patti operate Caledonian Graphics in Zephyrhills, FL.  Graham has made 1,600 jumps since 1978 and was a member of the British Royal Marines Freefall Team, where he piloted the world record 24-stack.

    September 1991 Cover   (Sep 1991) Featured Photos Covers

    Dave Keith, D-5441, led the FX-10 10-way team during a practice jump over Perris, CA.  The team capatained by Bob Butt and including Scott Flanahghan, Bob Smith, Bob McCord, Jeff Rodenbech, Richard Eacobacci, Mike Swan, Jim Kelly, Ken Masters and Dan Pillasch, plans to enter the 10-way speed star competition at next month's U.S. National Skydiving Championships at Skydive Arizona.

    September 1992 Cover   (Sep 1992) Featured Photos Covers

    George Frey, D-7674, captured TOP POP Bill Wood on a dead-center strike at last year's POPS Winter Meet held in Umatilla, FL.  This year, the POPS Nationals are scheduled for September 27-October 4 at the Raeford Parachute Center in Raeford, NC.  The meet will include accuracy competition, Hit 'n' Rock and 4-way scrambles judged by video.  For more information , contact Wood at (919) 875-3261.

    September 1993 Cover   (Sep 1993) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Norman Kent, D-8369, captured this image of Howard Daugherity and Richard Powell landing in formation as the sun rises at Flagler Beach, Florida as part of an advertising project for Performance Designs' new "Stilleto" canopy.

    September 1994 Cover   (Sep 1994) Featured Photos Covers

    "Don't look down!" might be an appropriate caption for this month's cover.  Photographer Michael McGowan, D-5709, claims his second Parachutist cover in a row with this shot of tandem instructor Ken Jobsky, D-14639, and his passenger as they open over Skydive Arizona in Eloy.  for the inside scoop on Jobsky's unusual technique, see "Paragrams," page 12.

    September 1995 Cover   (Sep 1995) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Tom Sanders, D-6503, follows a 9-way diamond over Kapowsin Air Sports in Washington state.  Sanders is owner of Aerial Focus and has shot aerial photography for numerous television commercials and skydiving videos.  He and his staff are frequent contributors to Parachutist.

    September 1996 Cover   (Sep 1996) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Michael McGowan, D-5709, follows an unidentified jumper down to the beaches of San Carlos, Mexico, during a "Mission: Impossible" invitational boogie.  See the story on page 17 for a recap of this exotic adventure.

    September 1997 Cover   (Sep 1997) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brad Hood gets up close with the Perris Valley Ghostriders as they practice for the upcoming '97 National Championships of Canopy Formation over Perris Valley, California.

    September 1998 Cover   (Sep 1998) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Jamie Paul snapped this shot of jumpers swarming toward the base during one of the world record attempts at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

    September 1999 Cover   (Sep 1999) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Bill Beaver took this shot of freeflyer Eli Thompson and skysurfer Robin Berg playing around over Perris Valley Skydiving in California.

    September 2000 Cover   (Sep 2000) Featured Photos Covers

    Brad Hood of Jump Run Productions took this shot of the unofficial world record for the largest formation with a tandem.  With James Perez and Coral Degagne in tandem, jumpers made athe skydive as part of Jump for the Cause 2000.

    September 2001 Cover   (Sep 2001) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brad Hood of Jump Run Productions took this shot of Craig Stapleton climbing down the lines of Hood's flag canopy over The Parachute Center in Lodi, California.  The two are members of the U.S. 4-way sequential team, which won the gold medal at the world championships in Spain in June.

    September 2002 Cover   (Sep 2002) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Janine Hill took this photo after Ron Noffz transitioned to an upright position while (left to right) Jon Devore, Kenny Cosrove, John Shoffner and Sven Zimmermann fly head down over Skydive Lake Tahoe in Beckworurth, Califorinia.

    September 2003 Cover   (Sep 2003) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Tony Hathaway took this shot of 4-way team Synchronicity, with Kim Brandt, Sally Hathaway, Jaimie Johnson and Jaqi O'Bryan, transitioning to their second point during a training jump over Skydive DeLand in Florida.  The team is representing the U.S. in women's 4-way at the world championships in Gap, France, this month.

    September 2004 Cover   (Sep 2004) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Josh Hill took this shot of a big-way building over Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, Texas, during a 40-way invitational weekend that Jack Berke and Tom Jenkins organized in June.

    September 2005 Cover   (Sep 2005) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Kamuran Bayrasli took this shot of Max Cohn standing on Leland Bendel's shoulders on a jump over the Ranch Parachute Club in Gardiner, New York.

    September 2006 Cover   (Sep 2006) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Michael McGowan took this shot of DeLand Fire over Perris Valley Skydiving in California during the 2005 USPA National Skydiving Championships, where they earned the right to represent the U.S. in 4-way at the world championships August 5-11 in Gera, Germany.  With their new cameraman, Jonathan Tagle, they won a hard-earned gold in the meet and are now world champions.  The team in 2005 included Ian Bobo, Natasha Montgomery, Shannon Pilcher, Gary Smith and camera flyer Eric Taylor.

    September 2007 Cover   (Sep 2007) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Brian Buckland took this shot of the 69-way head-down formation that the group is claiming as a new world record, completed August 3 over Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

    September 2008 Cover   (Sep 2008) Featured Photos Covers

    Photographer Wendy Smith captured this shot of a jumper descending under canopy at Body Fly University in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

    September 2009 Cover   (Sep 2009) Featured Photos Covers

    photo by Brian Buckland | D-19047

    The world-record-setting, 108-way head-down formation flies over Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

    September 2012 Cover   (Sep 2012) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Gustavo Cabana | USPA #80952
    A group of jumpers exit a Dornier aircraft over Prostejov, Czech Republic, during the annual Vector Festival.

    September 2013 Cover   (Sep 2013) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158
    Jarod Orrell carves head down during the Wetter Hotter Americanner Summer Boogie at Skydive Atlanta in Thomaston, Georgia.

    September 2014 Cover   (Sep 2014) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Iwan van der Schoor | D-29627
    Mark and Nancy Lichtle exit a helicopter for a demonstration jump into Lake of the Pines, California, to kick off the community's Fourth of July parade.

    September 2015 Cover   (Sep 2015) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Juan Mayer | D-26130

    Latifa Al-Maktoum, D-34327, deploys her canopy after a wingsuit flight at Skydive Dubai. 

    September 2016 Covers   (Sep 2016) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Ralph Turner | C-43075

    Sarah Endrix skysurfs on Keith Portela while exiting over Skydive Miami in Homestead, Florida.

    September 2017 Cover   (Sep 2017) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Mike Carpenter | D-34137

    Team FLO (from left: Chad Ross, Mike Bohn and Colby McNeil) launches a sit-train exit at GoJump Oceanside in California.

    September 2018 Cover   (Sep 2018) Featured Photos Covers

    PHOTO BY Ralph Kristopher
    With a spectacular view of the Chugach Mountains, Pryce Brown exits from a Super Cub flying above a wilderness area northwest of Anchorage, Alaska. 

    September 2019 Cover   (Sep 2019) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Norman Kent | D-8369

    At Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, 84 skydivers set the Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Record for Largest Head-Up Formation Skydive.

    September 2020 Cover   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Covers

    Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251

    Josiah Rich and Jason Brigmon of U.S. Freestyle Team Axiom XP make a training jump at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.

    Six PAC Photo by Jason Waller | D-26672   (Feb 2019) People Featured Photos Five Minute Call

    Jumpers (clockwise from top left) Eric Bjorn, Mark Dorminey, Alan Stephenson, Trixie Stephenson, Nuno Merino and J.D. Colley successfully launch a 6-way chunk out of a PAC 750XL over Skydive Tennessee in Tullahoma.

    Smoke Signals Photo by David Wybenga | D-31862   (Apr 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Karen Lewis Dalton flies a smoke chain during the Women’s Skydiving Network PRO Camp at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

    Sounding Off Photo by Nikko Mamallo | D-34272   (Apr 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    At Kapowsin Air Sports in Washington, (clockwise from top) Kasha Farrington, Zach Archer, Andy Farrington and Braden Roseborough fly over the Puget Sound at sunset with Mt. Rainier in the distance.

    Speed racer Photo by James Kunze | D-34605   (May 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Todd Scrutchfield lands at Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon, Texas after practicing for night jumps during the Max Pyro event.

    Star Power By Alan Levy   (Aug 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Following the annual TeXXas 20-Ways event at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, 20 talented women from around the state completed this 20-way Texas star on their second try, impressing the female air traffic controller on duty in the process.

    Photo by Alan Levy | D-18332

    Sully’s Last Skydive Photo by Greg Shields | D-22654   (Dec 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Fellow jumpers at Sky Knights Sport Parachute Club in East Troy, Wisconsin, say goodbye to John Sullivan, D-25601, on an ash dive held during his memorial service that more than 100 of his friends, family and coworkers attended.

    Sweet 16 By Zach Lewis   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Sweet 16 | Photo by Zach Lewis | D-21616

    At Skydive Arizona in Eloy, 16-way formation skydiving team Dallas Disturbance attends a training camp in anticipation of the upcoming skydiving season. 

    Swinging Into Action Photo by David Cherry | D-33500   (Mar 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Levity founder Leah Levy product tests her company’s Pocket Swing, which is made from upcycled parachute fabric, underneath a Droplyne balloon flying over Arizona City, Arizona.

    The A-Team Photo by Michael Hoy | D-12622   (Aug 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    In celebration of their recent engagement, Adam Elkin and Amanda Kubik exit from a balloon over Van Horne, Iowa.

    The Camera's Eye August 1969   (Aug 1969) Featured Photos Closing In

    Lt. Frederick Lundahl, USAF, Assistant Director of Information at the Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio and USPA B-6893, submitted this photograph of Leslie Irvin performing a freefall parachute jump.  The inscription on the old photograph said that it was a picture of "Mr. Lesley Irvin engaging in one of his parachuting experiments."  The photo was taken in early 1919, in Dayton, Ohio and could well be a photo of Mr. Irvin's first freefall jump.

    The Perfect Nightlight by Timothy Uhl   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos Featured Art

    “The Perfect Nightlight”  
    Aluminum, brass and steel rotating sculpture with LED lights

    Timothy Uhl    |    A-79945
    Walden, New York

     

    Thumbs Up—Skydive Kentucky by Willard Gahart   (Mar 2018) Featured Photos Featured Art

    “Thumbs Up—Skydive Kentucky” 
    Charcoal drawing
    Drawing of Jeff McGrady during Leap of Faith Jump Day at Skydive Kentucky in Elizabethtown.

    Willard Gahart

    Training in Paradise Photo by Bruno Brokken | USPA #96017   (Sep 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Four-Way Formation Skydiving World Champion NMP Pch HayaBusa trains at USPA Foreign Affiliate DZ Skydive Empuriabrava in Spain.

    Trashing the Place Photo by Juan Mayer   (Feb 2019) People Featured Photos Five Minute Call

    Photo by Juan Mayer|D-26130

    Rashid Abdullah and Michael Sean Washburn of the SkyTrash wingsuit team train at the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus in the United Arab Emirates.

    Tribute By Zach Lewis   (Aug 2018) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    At Skydive Spaceland–Dallas in Whitewright, Texas, Debbie Bohannon, the wife of the late Richard “Bo” Bohannon, releases his ashes during a tandem skydive with instructor Ernie Long and friends (from left) Dave Eisele, Gary Haas and Scott Kucel.

    Zach Lewis | D-21616

    Two Milestones! Photo by Mark Stoughton   (Oct 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Cheryl Stearns celebrates her 64th birthday by making her 21,000th jump at friend Gene Stoughton’s property in South Carolina.

    Up is Down, Down is Up Photo by Mike Mullins | D-1663   (Nov 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Jeffery Kuhn says goodbye to pilot and DZO Mike Mullins as he drops from an inverted biplane at West Tennessee Skydiving in Whiteville.

    Ups and Downs Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251   (May 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    At Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina, (clockwise from left) organizer Ashley Goldstein, Silas Davis, Ty Swansboro and Courtney McCarthy make a freefly jump.

    V for Veterans Photo by Tripp Schwab | D-33111   (Jan 2020) People Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo

    On November 11, participants in the Arizona Airspeed 40-Way Sequentials event hosted by Niklas Hemlin and Team Elite’s Guy Wright at Skydive Arizona in Eloy build a “V” in honor of Veteran’s Day.

    Warm Up Photo by Cornelius van der Walt | D-34613   (Feb 2019) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    Bradley Meyer prepares to make a hot-air balloon jump over Skydive Arizona in Eloy just before the DZ’s annual Christmas Boogie.

    Wedding Planning Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158   (Mar 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

    During the Turkey Boogie at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida, McKenna Knipe looks on as Per Bjorn Poulsen and Kimberly Bailey practice a jump that they’ll make during their upcoming wedding.

    Manuals

    Forms

    2021-2022 Instructional Rating Manual (IRM) Evaluations Forms PDF (fillable)   (Mar 2021) Downloads Manuals Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    2021-2022 Instructional Rating Manual (IRM) Forms PDF   (Mar 2021) Downloads Manuals Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    A-License Proficiency Card (1 page) PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    A-License Progression Card (ISP; 2 pages) PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    Application: B-D License PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    Application: Canopy Formation Award PDF   (Apr 2021) Forms Awards
    Application: Judge Rating PDF   (May 2015) Forms Judge Rating
    Application: PRO Rating & High Performance Endorsement PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings Demos
    Application: Tenure Award PDF   (Apr 2010) Forms Awards
    Application: USPA Membership & Rating Renewal PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Application: Wings & Badges Awards PDF   (Apr 2021) Forms Awards
    Canopy Piloting Proficiency Card PDF   (Sep 2019) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    Demo Insurance Application and Notification Form PDF   (Nov 2020) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings Demos
    Incident Report Form PDF   (Apr 2019) Forms Incident Report
    Initial Application as a Foreign Affiliate Group Member (Non-U.S. Only) PDF   (Apr 2019) Downloads Forms Group Membership
    Initial Application for College Clubs (U.S. Only) PDF   (Oct 2021) Downloads Forms Group Membership
    Initial Application for Group Membership (U.S. Only) PDF   (Feb 2020) Downloads Forms Group Membership
    Proficiency Card: AFF Instructor PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Proficiency Card: Coach Rating PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Proficiency Card: Examiner PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Proficiency Card: IAD/SL Instructor PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    Proficiency Card: Military Transition PDF   (Sep 2021) Forms Licenses & Proficiency Cards
    Proficiency Card: Tandem Instructor PDF   (Mar 2021) Forms Instructional & PRO Ratings
    S&TA Waiver Form PDF   (Apr 2018) Downloads Forms Waivers
    Waiver Request PDF   (Nov 2019) Downloads Waivers

    USPA Meeting Minutes

    2022 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Mar 2022) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2022 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2022) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2021 Summer Meeting PDF   (Sep 2021) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2021 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Sep 2021) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2021 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2021) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2020 Summer Meeting PDF   (Dec 2020) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2020 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2020) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2019 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2019) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2019 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2019) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2018 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2018) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2018 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2018) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2017 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2017) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2017 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2017) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2016 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2016) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2016 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Jul 2016) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2016 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2016) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2015 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2015) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2015 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2015) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2015 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Mar 2015) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    2014 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Jul 2014) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2014 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2014) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2014 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2014) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2013 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2013) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2013 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Jul 2013) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2013 Winter Meeting PDF   (Mar 2013) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2012 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Mar 2013) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2012 Summer Meeting PDF   (Aug 2012) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2012 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2012) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2011 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Aug 2011) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2011 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2011) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2011 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2011) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2010 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Aug 2010) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2010 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2010) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2010 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2010) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2009 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Sep 2009) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2009 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2009) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2009 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2009) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2008 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2008) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2008 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Apr 2008) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2008 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2008) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2007 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2007) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2007 General Membership Meeting PDF   (May 2007) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2007 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2007) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2006 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Nov 2006) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2006 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2006) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2006 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2006) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2005 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Aug 2005) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2005 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2005) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2005 Winter Meeting PDF   (Jan 2005) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2004 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Sep 2004) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2004 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2004) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2004 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2004) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    2003 General Membership Meeting PDF   (Aug 2003) USPA Meeting Minutes Gen. Membership Meeting
    BOD 2003 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2003) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2003 Winter Meeting PDF   (Jan 2003) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2002 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2002) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2002 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2002) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2001 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2001) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting
    BOD 2001 Winter Meeting PDF   (Feb 2001) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting 2000-2005
    BOD 2000 Summer Meeting PDF   (Jul 2000) USPA Meeting Minutes Board of Director Meeting 2000-2005

    Miscellaneous

    2013 DOT Opinion on Taxes PDF   (Jan 2014)
    Advanced Aerospace Designs Issues Reminders to Vigil Customers   (Dec 2019)

    On October 23, Advanced Aerospace Designs issued reminders of approaching deadlines for compliance with its last two service bulletins.

    After-market Tandem Risers MANDATORY – REPLACE BEFORE THE NEXT JUMP   (Sep 2020)

    PIA released Service Bulletin PSB-10092020 affecting after-market tandem main risers constructed with obsolete RW2 rings. All sport tandem main risers produced with RW2 rings, or equivalent sized rings, are affected regardless of the hardware manufacturer, the date of manufacture, the material type or the forging process used. This PSB does not affect "solo" main risers that use RW2 rings. Compliance is MANDATORY – REPLACE BEFORE THE NEXT JUMP.

    Article: 9/11 Aftermath Report PDF   (Aug 2016)
    Article: Angle Flying PDF   (Nov 2015)
    Article: Ches Judy Award PDF   (Oct 2015)
    Article: Gear Fear PDF   (Sep 2015)
    Article: Landing in a Tree PDF   (Mar 2015)
    Article: Safety in Numbers PDF   (Jan 2011)
    Article: The RSL PDF   (Jan 2014)
    Article: Water Landings PDF   (Mar 2015)
    Canopy Risk Quotient PDF   (Oct 2015)
    Canopy Risk Quotient LINK   (Mar 2020)
    Dermody Letter PDF   (Jul 2012)
    Dunn Letter PDF   (Jul 2012)
    DZO Memo PDF   (Jul 2012)
    FAA AC 105-2E PDF   (Dec 2013)
    FAA AC 90-66B CHG 1 PDF   (Feb 2019)
    FAA Airworthiness Directive for certain UPT reserve pin covers PDF   (Apr 2021)

    The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Uninsured United Parachute Technologies, LLC (UPT) parachutes. This AD results from reserve pin covers (RPCs) catching on the parachute container flaps and preventing the reserve parachute from deploying. This AD requires modifying the RPC before the next parachute jump and replacing the RPC at the next reserve parachute packing. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

    FAA Proposal (07/03/12) PDF   (Jul 2012)
    Flight Planner   (Jan 2019)
    Huerta Letter PDF   (Jul 2012)
    Insurance Policy Summary   (Mar 2021)
    ISP Grid PDF   (May 2012)
    Parachute Landing Area Update PDF   (Aug 2012)
    Skydiving Makes the Perfect Experience Gift   (Dec 2019)

    It’s no secret that more and more people are turning to giving gifts of experiences instead of material things.

    Strong Enterprises Issues Service Bulletin for Tandem Drogue PDF   (Apr 2021)

    Strong Enterprises issued Service Bulletin #35 mandating inspection of the 3-ring attachment on tandem drogues manufactured between June 22, 2020, and February 2, 2021 whose last three digits of the serial numbers between 625 and 714. Status is MANDATORY. Compliance is IMMEDIATE – before the next jump.

    USPA Hangar Policy Comments PDF   (Jun 2016)
    Wingsuit Instructor Draft PDF   (Sep 2012)

    SIM Translations into Other Languages

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