No, it's not a disaster. It's a world record.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, October 30, 2009
The team completed six attempts on July 30th, jumping out of five DeHavilland Twin Otters “flying in formation like a flock of geese,” remembers Buckland. “Early on, one of our first jumps was over 100 [people], and then all of a sudden we built 106, and there were two people just about to get on… But for safety we have to break off at a certain altitude, and we ran out of time.”
Before setting foot in the aircraft, however, the group joins in “dirt diving,” or building the formation on the ground. “That way,” says Buckland, “you can get the site picture of who’s where, and figure out how you’ll get to your spot from the aircraft.”