Free fall. When a person jumps with a parachute, he is in free fall. An average speed of 50 m / s (180 km / h) develops. Just imagine what he feels! According to many people, the death rate in parachuting is simply off scale. It turns out that there is a desire, but fear wins. But in fact the probability of breaking up is only 0.025%.
What you need to know about weight. As experts say, if a person wants to jump with a parachute, its weight should be in the range from 45 to 95 kg.
An amazing case. In 2005, recorded just an amazing case. Sheyni Richardson, an American paratrooper, incorrectly opened the parachutes: the main and spare. The woman hit the ground at a speed of 80 km / h. The victim survived, although there were serious injuries. The American, recovering after the incident, gave birth to a healthy baby (as it later turned out, an unsuccessful jump woman made already being pregnant).
The oldest paratrooper. The oldest man who has made a jump with a parachute is 97-year-old George Moise. On his birthday, the man jumped from a height of three kilometers.
Do not utter a word. When a person jumps with a parachute, he cannot talk. So, footages from the Hollywood action movies, when the characters are talking during the jump, actually do not correspond to reality.
The author of the first draft of a parachute. Leonardo da Vinci developed the first draft of a parachute. Englishman A. Nicholas decided to prove that the construction of genius will work no worse than modern analogues. The man then successfully jumped with the device, made according to the drawings of da Vinci.
Pioneer. The first person to jump with a parachute from an airplane, and not from a balloon, was US citizen A. Berry. The man made a legendary leap in 1912.
Giant speed of free fall. The highest jump was made by the athlete Felix Baumgartner. He jumped from an altitude of 38.6 km. The speed of free fall was then 1342 km / h. Felix, of course, jumped in a special suit, otherwise the man would suffocate, or burned in the atmosphere.
The lowest jump. English military pilot T. Spencer in 1945 jumped from about eleven meters high. The pilot was forced to do this, because his plane was shot down over the German city of Wismar.
“Banzai-jump”. Among the paratroopers-professionals there is a common dangerous trick, which is called “banzai-jump”. A man jumps out of an airplane without a parachute. A few seconds before the jump, a special satchel is thrown from the side, and the athlete tries to catch it. He puts on the suspension already in flight and opens the dome, reaching a critical height.
Experiment of “daredevil”. American Luc Aikins went down in history, making a historic jump without a parachute from a height of 7.6 km. The 42-year-old man landed successfully on the net stretched between the building cranes at the level of the twentieth floor. After a jump he happily hugged his wife and close friends.