The daredevils at Rainbow Skydive, an LGBT skydiving event, contacted us with a video which shows what they claim to be the world's largest gay formation skydive.
Writes the group:
On Labor Day, 15 gay skydivers from all over the world participated in the world's largest gay formation skydive above Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois. The jump coincided with the Rainbow Boogie, an annual event that brings GLBT skydivers and allies together to celebrate the community's inclusion within the sport. While the remnants of Hurricane Isaac interrupted the weekend with some undesirable weather, the group gathered Monday morning to build an impressive looking formation in the sky — by far the largest for several of the newer members.
Rainbow Skydivers first became organized in 2006, and currently has over 300 members from numerous countries. While many are licensed skydivers, the group also encourages and helps prospective daredevils to make their first tandem jump and experience the thrill of freefall.
Check out video of the record-breaking formation, AFTER THE JUMP...
A skydiver posted the story and film of the harrowing accident in which he became entangled in his partner's canopy and plummeted to a cornfield, breaking his pelvis, back and neck, and undergoing instant paralysis.
The entire episode is on video, including the arrival of paramedics. He is now a quadriplegic.
He writes, on YouTube: "It's taken me four and a half years to be able to watch this video."
Watch the riveting and frightenng clip, AFTER THE JUMP...
Over the weekend, he posted it to Reddit, where he is answering questions about it.
I glanced at the ground a couple of times. The last time I was not far above tree-top level and my thought was, "I hope this doesn't hurt," (hoping for and expecting death).
The impact felt like touching and electric fence then suddenly painless. I lay there motionless watching the clouds. I didn't even try to move, afraid to provoke the wrath of whatever injuries I had sustained. When Razz appeared, he had a smile from ear to ear. This brought me peace until breathing became difficult. I started to feel panic as I suffocated. When I felt my eyelids flutter I knew I was going to be spared that feeling, hence, "this isn't so bad."