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164 Skydivers Smash World Record In Illinois

Who Says 13 Is An Unlucky Number

With a whole lot of cooperation the record has been broken by a team of International skydivers who got together to attempt to break the record set back in 2012 by 138 skydivers.

The team was selected from training camps in different locations around the globe, where quite a few talented skydivers were disappointed to not make the cut. Here is a brief outlook as to what went on in the skys above.

By ANDREA THOMAS, Associated Press

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Traveling at speeds of up to 240 mph, 164 skydivers flying head-down built the largest ever vertical skydiving formation Friday over central Illinois, smashing the previous record.

It took the international team 13 attempts to beat the 2012 mark set by 138 skydivers. The formation, resembling a giant flower, floated above Skydive Chicago in Ottawa for a matter of seconds before the flyers broke away, deployed their parachutes, and whooped and hollered their way to the ground to the jubilation of spectators.

“It’s awesome, man,” said Rock Nelson, one of the organizers. “It just goes to show that if you can get the right group of people together and the right support team and good conditions, anything is possible … even on attempt number 13.”

It was no easy feat. The team was selected after training camps in Spain, Australia and across the United States, with dozens of talented skydivers disappointed to not make the cut. Seven aircraft were flown in precise formation to ensure that the jumpers de-planed at the right place, time and altitude. The record-breaking jumpers exited at 19,700 feet.

Some good footage here:

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