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Skydive Chicago prepares for world record attempt

A world-record attempt is brewing at Skydive Chicago.

Two hundred men and women will attempt to achieve a new vertical world skydiving record from Monday, Aug. 13 through Friday, Aug. 17.

The world record was set in 2015 at Skydive Chicago when 164 head-down skydivers flew in a single vertical formation.

Rook Nelson, Skydive Chicago director, will lead the charge in his ninth world record skydiving attempt.

The attempt will utilize nine aircraft which will take the group to 19,000 feet and allow them 60 seconds of working time to complete the formation record. The group has been selected from nine camps held all over the world in 2017.

Jumpers will arrive on Saturday and begin jumping in smaller groups as a warm-up for the main event which begins on Monday. The team will complete five jumps each day until the record is achieved. Members will be relocated or rotated out based on their skill set and performance.

The last time 200 skydivers linked up was in 1998 when a 246-way was completed at Skydive Chicago, according to a press release.

The orientation of the 1998 dive was a more traditional belly to earth style at 120 mph while the current jump will be a head-down orientation at speeds of approximately 180 mph.

The new record illustrates the sport's progression and changes as skill sets, training and equipment have improved.

No fee or admission is required to attend and watch the event at Skydive Chicago, 3125 E. 1969th Road, Ottawa.

For more information, call 815-433-0000 or email info@skydivechicago.com.

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