Friday, October 30, 2009

worlds longest freefall - 6'47" from 30.000 ft

The Spanish pilots from Proyecto Ales just set a new world record for longest free fall. Flying their Stealth wingsuits for a total of 6'47" from an altitude of only 30.000 ft.
This means a 45 second improvement on their own previous record of 6'02" set in 2005 from an altitude of 35,850 ft.

The record was broken on October 22nd, during a skydive over the Atlantic Gran Canaria. It would have been a few months sooner, had it not been for an unfortunate accident which prevented the team from completing their initial flight earlier this year..

For more details on the jump (Spanish), click here.

Some guess-temates as to their freefall speed:
30.0000 ft (exit) to 3.000 ft (deployment) = 27.000 ft (freefall) = 5.11363 Miles
6'47" = 407 seconds

This puts the (sustained) fallrate throughout the jump at +- 45 mph.
An incredible feat considering the thinner air at higher altitude and fattigue and muscle strain/lactic accid that kicks in after a few minutes.

Click here for an older post, showing some of the previous high altitude record attempts.

1 comment:

  1. awesome!
    this is an irrelevant detail, but Gran Canaria is in the Atlantic Ocean, not Mediterranean ;)