The National Aeronautic Association selected the four-point 42-way head-down world record as one of its most memorable aviation records of 2018. The skydivers set the record on June 30 over Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, surpassing the previous record of 33 set in 2014.
The NAA, the official record keeper for U.S. aviation, certified 99 national records in 2018. Those qualifying as world records are then ratified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. Each year, the NAA selects several outstanding records for its Most Memorable Aviation Records. Other 2018 records the NAA recognized include a number of speed, distance and altitude records for various aircraft.
The NAA honored the record setters at its Summer Awards Ceremony on May 1 at the Lockheed Martin Fighter Demonstration Center in Arlington, Virginia. Mathew Fry, who was one of the record’s organizers, accepted the certificate on behalf of the record participants. As video rolled of the skydiving record, Fry narrated, describing details of the jump to those assembled for the ceremony.
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