Skydivers Attempt World Record
All 222 of them
This week, World Team skydivers will attempt to break the world record for largest double-formation jump. Expected to launch from 10 planes at 19,000 feet before Friday, the 222 jumpers plan to form a multicolored bull's-eye hurtling through the air at 120 mph.
The World Team will have 80 seconds to exit the planes, assume its double formation, and deploy 222 parachutes. A practice run shows them scattering 60 seconds into the jump after struggling to keep the outer ring of their pseudo-bull's-eye in place.
To practice for the event, the team has been doing “dirt dives”—making the bull's-eye formation on the ground—for the past 18 months.
The team will jump above Eloy, Arizona, where two men were killed in a midair collision during a world record attempt late last year.
The previous record for a double-formation skydive was set by 110 people in late 2013.