Skydivers break multiple world records in honour of dead friend – after discovering his blueprints for the pioneering jump after his death
This is the remarkable moment a group of skydivers performed a world record breaking feat in honour of their friend who died while skydiving.
Known as a ‘Bigway’, the daring jump involves 57 people holding hands in a predetermined design as they hurtle towards the ground, head first.
After making the first shape, the group then break away before coming back together to form a second shape all in a single skydive.
Captured using a GoPro camera by Alaskan skydiver, Ben Nelson, 36, the topsy-turvy footage shows the adrenalin junkies soaring through the air at around 160mph before banding together twice in mid-air, making the stunt a world first.
Incredibly, the blueprints for the pioneering jump were first created by sky diving legend, Robby Bigley, but had remained unknown to his friends until after his death in 2009.
The designs for ground-breaking skydive were suddenly discovered around a year ago when his wife was sorting through some of Robby’s old documents.
Filmed at Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, Texas, U.S.A, the group actually managed to break three world records, three U.S. National Records and four Texas State Records in one weekend.
Ben said: “This record event was particularly special because it took place while honouring a great skydiver named Robby Bigley.
“He is considered one of the pioneers of ‘bigway’ vertical sequential formation skydiving.
“About a year ago his wife, Alana, and some of his best friends were going through some of Robby’s old documents when they found the blue prints for the formation that are being performed in my video.
“Keep in mind that Robby drafted that formation on paper back in a time when the concept of having over 20 people in a vertical formation was unheard of.
“Some people even thought that it would be impossible, but Robby knew it would someday happen and he had an idea as to how he wanted it built.
“So armed with Robby’s blueprints, we gathered together to make his dream a reality.
“It was kind of like having another chance to jump with Robby.
“I think that the thing people are most excited about when they see the images is that this is the first time it’s ever been done.
“We weren’t breaking old records, we were setting completely new records.
“Since your body and your blood are falling together, you don’t have blood rushing to your head like you would if you were to do a handstand on the ground.
“Freefall is like riding on a cushion of air.”