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Former USPA Executive Director Laura MacKenzie, D-2121, Passes Away   (May 2021) People News Homepage USPA

The first and only female executive director for USPA, Laura MacKenzie passed away after a long illness on Saturday, May 22.

Back-Tracking A Parachutist Anniversary Series   (Mar 2021) Features
A Perfect 10—The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Celebrates a Decade with 10 New Inductees By Doug Garr   (Jul 2019) Features

Each year for the past decade, the International Skydiving Museum has inducted a select few men and women who have “defined, promoted, inspired and advanced the sport at the highest levels” into its Hall of Fame. This year’s induction ceremony and banquet for the 10 newest honorees will take place during the 2019 International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame Celebration October 17-19 at Skydive Perris in California.

Aging Gracefully: Skydive Elsinore Celebrates 60 Years A Parachutist Photo Essay   (Jan 2019) Features

Some say that aging gracefully is hard. But on Saturday, November 10, Skydive Elsinore in California showed that time is on its side and age is just a number as it celebrated 60 years of top-notch skydiving at the drop zone’s home, Skylark Airfield. Current, former and aspiring jumpers flocked to the event. Among them was Larry Perkins, the son of the drop zone’s founder, Cy Perkins, who on March 1, 1958, took a skydiver (whose name is lost to time) up in his Cessna 172 and let him fall out. 

The Last Hurrah for Film? by Tom Sanders   (May 2018) Tales from the Bonfire

Shooting skydiving on film—true film—has a long history. Nearly at our sport’s inception, freefall cinematographers captured it this way. It was the only way to show a skydive in motion. Many of the early movie cameras used in freefall were World War II military surplus, just like early parachute gear. These were gun cameras, which the military mounted on aircraft guns to record a minute or so of footage when the weapon fired.

Once Upon a Time There Was a Movie Called “The Gypsy Moths”   (Aug 2017) People Tales from the Bonfire

In 1964, I launched my magazine, DZ-USA, to promote the sport and contribute something other than doomsday predictions at a time when the man on the street viewed a parachutist as a daredevil looking for a place to die. In that same year, I was invited to appear on “The Joey Bishop Show” in Hollywood to represent the sport. There, I met John Frankenheimer, who was promoting his movie “Grand Prix,” and Lyle Cameron, who produced Skydiver magazine. John was very interested in what Lyle and I had to say about the sport. He stated that he’d always wanted to make a movie about it and would contact us if a future project came up.

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 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.

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.

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.

Larger Than Life—The 2021 International Skydiving Hall of Fame Inductees By Doug Garr   (Aug 2021) People

Each year the International Skydiving Museum inducts a select few men and women who have “defined, promoted, inspired and advanced the sport at the highest levels” into its Hall of Fame.

Jared Miller | D-22031 By Brian Giboney   (Sep 2020) People Profiles

Jared Miller, D-22031, is the chief instructor at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, one of the busiest drop zones in the world. He started skydiving in 1995 and now has more than 22,000 skydives and multiple ratings.

JOS Members Set World Record in Italy Carlo De Martino   (Sep 2020) Competition Records Five Minute Call

Setting a world record with a team of only Italian skydivers may seem impossible, but that’s just what a group of nine jumpers did on July 15 in Cumiana, Italy.

Tales From the Bonfire | The Wild, Wild Midwest By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld   (Jun 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire

As most older skydivers are aware, the Midwest was the wild, wild Midwest in the early 1980s.

Pink Skies, Pink Ribbons By Gulcin Gilbert   (Jan 2020) Features

Around the world, October is the month dedicated to breast-cancer awareness. For many years, the skydiving community marked this month with Jump for the Cause, an event that brought women together to raise money for breast cancer research and set women’s world record formation skydives.

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.

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. 

Rating Corner | AFF is Formation Skydiving By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld   (Nov 2019) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

If you’re instructing AFF students, you are engaging in formation skydiving.

Memoirs and Documentary Address D.B. Cooper Case   (Feb 2019) People Five Minute Call Gear & Industry Spotlight

Two memoirs—“D.B. Cooper & Me: A Criminal, A Spy, My Best Friend” by Carl Laurin and “Getting the Truth: I Am D.B. Cooper” by Joe Koenig—and the documentary film “D.B. Cooper: The Real Story” assert that military parachutist and convicted criminal Walter Reca, who died in 2014, was the 1971 hijacker known as D.B. Cooper.

The Age of Authority A Parachutist Pictorial | Photos By Norman Kent   (Oct 2018) Homepage Features

The 75-Way Skydivers Over Sixty World Record for Largest Formation Skydive

Organizers: T.J. Hine, Roger Ponce de Leon, Rick Poplinger

Record Holders:

Andy Anderson, Michael Anderson, Pat Arthur, Art Barchie, David Benjamin, Betty Bennett, John Benoit, Stewart Brookes, Scott Buethe, Monique Careau, George Conwill, James Crandall, Carl Daugherty, Carlo De Martino, Kim Dobson, Jim Doyle, Valerie Estabrook, Chuck Finley, Nels Forsman, Bill Fridberg, Glenn Giamatti, Gary Greer, William Grimm, Tiiu Haamer, John Hardy, Michael Hare, Dee Hawley, Michael Hawley, Tom Hayes, T.J. Hine, Robert Johns, Ronald Johnson, John Kallend, Peter Kazmierczak, Kevin Keenan, Peter Kramer, James Krogh, Francois Leblanc, Jerry Lehnherr, Richard Luczak, Marshall Madden, William McMurry, Jeff McVey, Raymond Medley, John Mignanelli, Douglas Mullinax, George Nisson, Darrell Ogi, Richard Parrish, Dan Pillasch, Roger Ponce de Leon, Rick Poplinger, Cynthia Raible, Mike Raible, David Robinson, Mike Robinson, Dan Rosenthal, Jeff Saxton, Hank Schraeder, Craig Seasly, Jonathan Smith, Hank Stapel, Larry Stein, Larry Thomas, Mark Thompson, Steve Van Buren, Butch Van Lewis, Kevin Vetter, Ron Wands, Tracy Warrington, Harold White, Casey Wiggins, Paul Wold, Josh Wolfe, Peter Zimmerli

Camera Flyers: Brian Festi and Norman Kent

Letters   (Sep 2018) People Letters

Wingsuit training is multi-faceted and requires both freedom and flexibility to change with the rapid development of suit design, competition formats and flying styles.

Message Of Peace—A Parachutist Pictorial By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld   (Aug 2018) Homepage Features

For skydivers, two things keep us in the sport—our passion for human flight and the amazing friendships we build with others who share that passion. One way to enjoy both is to be involved in large-formation skydiving events.

One More Jumper: The SoS World Record Week by Carol Jones and Doug Garr   (Jul 2018) Features

The record series kicked off on April 20. First up was the three-day JOS world record event. Thirty-two skydivers in their 70s from Canada, Germany, Sweden and the U.S. participated.

Message of Peace by Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld   (Jun 2018) Homepage Features

For skydivers, two things keep us in the sport—our passion for human flight and the amazing friendships we build with others who share that passion.

Closing In Photo by Carlos Felix   (Jun 2018) Featured Photos Closing In

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.