The concept of airborne was started in 1918, when the US military’s 1st infantry was first dropped from a bomber onto Metz city. The idea was proposed by Lewis H. Brereton, who used to work under General Billy Mitchell.
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In 1960, Captain Kittinger recorded the highest jump ever in the history, when he jumped from a height of 102,800 feet. During the free fall, his speed was 715 mph and he opened his parachute when he was 18,000 feet off the ground.
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Parachutes as life savers
There came a time when the planes crashed and went down in deep water as the pilots opened their parachutes, which took them to the surface of the water, saving their lives.
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Lowest mass tactical jump
The lowest mass tactical jump was 143 feet, which itself is a world record. The attempt was made by 1st Battalion (ABN), 509th Infantry and they did this during the 1942 rehearsals.
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Toni Stadler, aged 4, became the youngest skydiver in the history after he tandem jumped at the Cape Parachute Club, 25 miles north of Cape Town, from a height of 10,000 feet.
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In a bid to prove that anyone can jump, Herb Tanner, at the age of 92, jumped from a height of 3,500 feet and became the oldest skydiver in history. The oldest tandem jumper was 100 years old.
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Maximum jumps in one day
In 2001, Michael Zang completed 500 jumps in one day, which itself was a world record. As per the calculations, he required to make each jump within 3 minutes of his last jump.
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