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.
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.
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.
photo credit: mostjumps2014.com