World record breaking skydivers
These neon figures look like puppets, acting out a strange scene on a dark stage.
In fact, they are world class skydivers hurtling towards the ground in LED suits.
In mid-August, a the world’s best skydivers came together at the Chicago Skydive club in Illinois to try and break the world record for the largest vertical head down formation at night.
It was an extremely difficult challenge in the dark. By comparison, the day time record is a whopping 164 person formation.
The skydivers were successful, eventually setting the record at an impressive formation of 31.
And the effort was visually striking, with each jumper’s body and limbs lit up like a Christmas tree against a black sky.
Skydive Spaceland Houston manager Ben Nelson was one of the divers who filmed the event.
A native of Anchorage, Alaska, he has jumped over 6500 times.
Ben said: “The group of vertical elite was made up of skydivers who had all participated in the daytime world record.
“We had to practice in daytime conditions to prepare for the night.
“Jumping from two planes in close formation the jumpers only had fifty seconds to build the formation before breaking away from each other to safely deploy parachutes.
“There is something very intimidating about sitting in the door of an airplane, looking into the darkness, and not being able to see the ground.
“There are so many factors you have to take into consideration before you jump, and you really have to trust the people next to you.
“But I would, and did, trust my life to anyone who was on that skydive with me.
“Ultimately, it is something extremely satisfying to know that only 30 other people have experienced what I have.
“The visuals were amazing, and I had dreams about that jump ever since I did it!”