61 Skydivers Break World Record With Wingsuit Formation Over Perris

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Sixty-one skydivers who formed into a diamond shape thousands of feet above Perris Valley Airport have set a new world record.

The skydivers together created the largest group to make a formation while in freefall and wearing wingsuits, organizers told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Skydivers in wingsuits broke a world record with this formation in Perris on Oct. 17, 2015. (Credit: Mark Harris)

Skydivers in wingsuits broke a world record with this formation in Perris on Oct. 17, 2015. (Credit: Mark Harris)

The jump took place Saturday, Oct. 17, and followed multiple practice rounds, some of which were documented on Skydive Perris’ Facebook page.

“The training jumps have been awesome, but today things get real! The judge is here… let’s go build a world record!” the page stated on Oct. 15.

The old record, set in June, was for 42 jumpers, the Associated Press reported.

Saturday’s jump included participants from 12 countries. They jumped from three planes at an altitude of 13,500 feet, according to the Press-Enterprise.

Video of the feat shows the jumpers from the side and from below as they moved into position.

After creating the diamond-shaped formation, the divers broke away in groups, and then moved farther apart to open their parachutes before landing, the video showed.

“It was an absolutely incredible experience,” jump organizer Taya Weiss told the AP. “We’re a very small community, although we’re growing, and to get everyone together from all over the world, especially to achieve such a difficult goal, is very rewarding.”

The record was verified by judges from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, which tracks skydiving and other aviation-related records, Weiss told the AP.

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