No, it's not a disaster. It's a world record.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, October 30, 2009
At first glance, the scene—people and airplanes falling out of the sky—looks like something from a Hollywood movie. But what appears to be chaos is actually a highly coordinated effort to set a skydiving world record.
On July 30, 2009, after four days of effort, 108 skydivers flying out of Chicago set a new record for the most people linked in a freeflying, head-down dive. (The previous record, set in 2007, was made up of 69 skydivers.)
Photographer and skydiver Brian Buckland was asked to document the attempt. Click on the gallery at right to see more of his photographs from the recording-setting attempt and read excerpts from our interview. Or watch his video, below.