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A New Decade—The International Skydiving Hall of Fame’s 11th Class of Inductees By Doug Garr   (Jul 2020) Features

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. This year marks the organization’s 11th class of honorees.

Looking Forward to the Past A Parachutist Pictorial   (Jun 2020) Parachutist Features

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.

Pressing Forward Photo by Mike McGowan | D-5709   (Mar 2020) Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

Tyler Buffington swoops in for landing at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

A Record Crowd—Skydive Perris Hosts the 2019 International Skydiving Hall of Fame Celebration By Doug Garr   (Dec 2019) Features

In October, the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame held its 10th annual Hall of Fame Celebration at Skydive Perris in California.

How Skydiving Changed My Life By Rex Rossbach   (Jul 2019) People How Skydiving Changed My Life

After college I wound up in an unhealthy relationship. I was depressed and needed to do something about it. One of my coworkers, Ray, had recently started skydiving and was always encouraging people to come to the Ranch in Gardiner, New York, to try it. I was pretty desperate, so I figured, “What the hell?”

Travis Mills | D-27249 By Brian Giboney   (Jan 2019) People Profiles

Travis Mills, D-27249, is a world-class canopy pilot who flies competitively for the PD Factory Team and is a canopy coach for Flight-1. He is also talented in freefall and has been on numerous world-record-setting big-way jumps and medaled in freestyle and vertical formation skydiving at the world championships. The most recent of his many accomplishments are winning the first meet and taking silver overall at the two-meet 2018 Swoop Freestyle World Championships and taking bronze overall at the 2018 USPA Canopy Piloting Nationals.

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

January 2009 Cover   (Jan 2009) Photos Covers

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

July 1992 Cover   (Jul 1992) 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.

March 1992 Cover   (Mar 1992) 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.

January 1992 Cover   (Jan 1992) 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.

July 1990 Cover   (Jul 1990) 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.

February 1989 Cover   (Feb 1989) 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."

July 1988 Cover   (Jul 1988) 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.)

April 1987 Cover   (Apr 1987) 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.

January 1987 Cover   (Jan 1987) 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.

October 1985 Cover   (Oct 1985) 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.)

Tales from the Bonfire | Flying Backwards, PLF, Explosion By Sandy Harper-Calliham   (Dec 2020) People Tales from the Bonfire
Ascension—Magician David Blaine Inspires with Dreamlike Skydiving Stunt By Communications Associate Luke Jones   (Oct 2020) Features

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.

Spaceland Hosts Sixth Annual 3-Way Formation Skydiving Competition By Christy West   (Sep 2020) Competition Five Minute Call

Coronavirus slowed but did not stop the Skydive Spaceland 3-Way Formation Skydiving Competition!

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

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

Mike Brewer | D-33350 By Brian Giboney   (Aug 2020) People Profiles

Mike Brewer, D-33350, is a skydiving filmmaker, instructor and organizer who has a huge international presence as a part of Kinetic, an organization comprised of creative athletes dedicated to exploring the world together.

Pablo Hernandez | D-29869 By Brian Giboney   (Jul 2020) People Profiles

Pablo Hernandez, D-29869, is a highly accomplished Spanish canopy pilot whose father taught him how to jump at a young age.

April 2020 Cover   (Apr 2020) 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.

Skydiving Progresses at Naval Academy By Mike Schultz   (Mar 2020) Features

For the past several years, the U.S. Naval Academy Parachute Team has been in a building phase, and 2019 was a banner year.

Max Cohn | D-20252 By Brian Giboney   (Feb 2020) People Profiles

Max Cohn, D-20252, made a name for himself in the 1990s as an East Coast freefly talent when most of the evolution of the discipline was occurring in the West and in Florida.

Wet and Wild—The 10th FAI World Cup of Canopy Piloting By USPA Staff and Head of Delegation Karl Meyer   (Feb 2020) Features Competition Competition News

Afternoon rains, gusty winds and low clouds greeted the competitors who arrived at Skydive Pretoria in South Africa in the weeks before the 10th Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Cup of Canopy Piloting.

Featured Jumper Photos by Kamuran Bayrasli | D-21394   (Jan 2020) 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.

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.

Skydivers’ Town—DeLand, Florida, Celebrates 60 Years of Jumping By Mike Johnston   (Jan 2020) Features

On December 26, 1959, Dr. John Gaffney (“Doc” to his skydiver friends) led the Central Florida Sky Divers Club to the DeLand Municipal Airport to jump from a Tri-Pacer flown by the airport manager, Bob Lee.

Up is Down, Down is Up Photo by Mike Mullins | D-1663   (Nov 2019) 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.

“Mike McGowan” By Rod Leisure   (Oct 2019) People Featured Art

“Mike McGowan”

Rod Leisure | D-18726
Arcadia, Indiana

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

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