No, it's not a disaster. It's a world record.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, October 30, 2009
While 108 skydivers were part of the record, there were approximately 140 jumpers on site. “There was a pretty big ‘bench,’ as we call it,” says Buckland, “of people that were waiting to get on.”
Every jump is recorded with video and still photography; event organizers review the video after each attempt and identify who needs to step down, and who will be brought in as a replacement. “There’s a chance you can get back on [the record attempt],” says Buckland, “but when there’s that big of a bench—over 30 people, and they’re all good—they’re all going to be given a shot before you get back on. There’s a good chance you’ll be sitting for a while. It’s hard. They train all year, and then they get cut.”