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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.
Karen Lewis Dalton flies a smoke chain during the Women’s Skydiving Network PRO Camp at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.
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.
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.
The name of this year’s giant boogie at Skydive Orange in Virginia—the Apocalyptic Big O Boogie—could not have been more fitting.
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.
May 24-27, 88 elite formation skydivers from more than a dozen countries and a team of five in-air videographers (Niklas Daniel, George Katsoulis, John Lyman, Jim Stengell and David Wybenga) came together at Skydive Arizona in Eloy to participate in the 23rd annual Arizona Challenge and celebrate the 25th anniversary of world-renowned formation skydiving team Arizona Airspeed.
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.
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.
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.
Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Wybenga. Information about AXIS’ coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.
USPA held its 2018 National Parachuting Championships at sunny Skydive Sebastian in Florida September 19-28. This was the first USPA Nationals for DZO Amanda Smalley and staff, and they did a spectacular job handling all of the expected (and unexpected) issues that arose.
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.
Brought to you by Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Photos by David Wybenga. Information about AXIS' coaching and instructional services is available at axisflightschool.com.
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.
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.
One night, as you’re reading a bedtime story to your young parachute, it will inevitably want to know the answer to the question, “Where did I come from?” A responsible parachute owner had better be ready with the answers.
In 1997, Patty Chernis, newly elected to the USPA Board as a regional director, suggested that USPA create a special day to get jumpers current and prepared for the upcoming skydiving season. Now in its 25th year, Safety Day has grown increasingly popular, morphing from year to year to address current trends.
Each year, roughly 55,000 Oahu locals and tourists visit Dillingham Airfield to skydive, glide and fly.
On the morning of September 2, 9-year-old Dessa Blaine looked up above the small town of Page, Arizona, and saw her father, David, become a tiny dot in the sky.
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.”
So, you’ve been jumping for a few years and you’ve decided it’s time to work on earning a tandem instructor rating.
After having great success in Europe over the past four years, the LSD (Level, Slot, Dock) Skills Camps made their way to the U.S., landing at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, in July.
Coronavirus slowed but did not stop the Skydive Spaceland 3-Way Formation Skydiving Competition!
Tandem instructor Mike Hennessy gears up a tandem student at Connecticut Parachutists Inc. in Ellington.
For jumpers, earning a judge rating can be another means of progress and personal development within the sport.
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.
The camaraderie, the spirit of competition and the drama keep jumpers returning to Nationals year after year, but it’s also more than that. The reasons people attend Nationals are as varied as the disciplines showcased at the event.
David “Junior” Ludvik, D-25148, started skydiving in 1999 at Skydive Tecumseh in Michigan.
We asked 16 camera flyers—those who have consistently contributed dazzling images to this magazine over the years—to send us one photo that speaks to what skydiving means to them and that would inspire our readers upon their return to the sport they love.