We have some good friends from Denver who came to visit Southern California last weekend. Malcolm and his daughter Natalie are wonderful folks who are mostly quite normal except for this peculiar tendency that they have to repeatedly jump out of perfectly good airplanes.
So while Brenda visited with Angel at the hospital, I went up to the airfield to check out the action.
They are expert and very experienced skydivers of course. The thought scares me to death, but they absolutely LOVE it.
Natalie happens to be a world record holder for an all women’s heads down group formation (63 jumpers, smashing the prior world record of 41!!) and she just celebrated her 1100th jump. Rock star! See videos of the amazing stunt here and here.
They came to Elsinore, Ca where there was a skydiving event with 4 aircraft flying repeatedly to deliver groups of these mildly unhinged enthusiasts to 12,500′ above the landing zone where they all then willingly jump out the window.
Some would come swooping into the landing zone at zoomy high speeds only to flare out really close to the ground and ever so gently set down on their feet. Very impressive to see the level of control exerted by these expert flyers.
While there I met a gentleman from the UK who was flying a special canopy from the Royal British Legion Extreme Human Flight Team. This group does fundraising and builds awareness for charities that support the members of all the British Armed Forces.
Dean is a member of the British Army as well as the display team manager for the Royal British Legion with over 4000 jumps!
After chatting with them about it over the years and knowing of their love of this sport, it was really cool to see Malcolm and Natalie in action. I can only imagine the rush it must be to fall free and then fly around under these maneuverable canopies.
Malcolm (yellow blue and white canopy) zoomed in right over me. And Natalie (green and black) landed nearby.
Afterwards, we picked Brenda up at the vet and had a nice dinner together.