Most skydives in 24 hours

Jay Stokes

How many skydives can someone make in 24 hours? 50? 100?

How about 640. Jay Stokes set the record of 640 jumps on Septebmer 8-9, 2006. That’s one jump every 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

A little back ground first. Jay is retired from the US Army where he served over 20 years as a member of the Green Berets. He’s also set the 24-hour record several different times and his first record was 331 jumps in 1995.

How does he make all this happen? Here’s a partial explanation from his website.

Enabling Jay to reach his goal requires five aircraft, 1,750 gallons of jet fuel, 6 pilots, 30 parachute systems, 24 parachute riggers/packers, and 120 support staff personal working four-hour shifts, not to mention two Guinness Book of World Record judges.

Here’s a short news video from 2006 that shows how he’s able to quickly make so many jumps and another video from a documentary about setting the record.

Jay is planning on breaking his own record this September with a goal of 700 jumps in 24 hours. The record attempt is also being used as a charity fund raiser with a goal of $200,000 in donations.

Pretty amazing.


p. s. I recently talked with the organizer of the upcoming record attempt and agreed to be part of the support crew. So I’ll let you know what happens.


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