Learning How to Sky Dive in El Paso, TX? Check Out This Brief History of Skydiving!

March 1, 2018 12:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you thinking of learning how to sky dive in El Paso, TX, but don’t know much about what skydiving is or where it started? If so, this brief history of skydiving is for you. After reading this, give the team at Skydive El Paso a call to learn more about skydiving!

Early thoughts of flying

Do you ever read or look at something and think, “How did they come up with this? How did they get started?” Most of us tend to just accept things for how and what they are without much question. A good example of this is man’s desire to fly since early times, which gravity wouldn’t allow. We can trace the concept of falling from the sky as far back as the 1100s in China. The Chinese would jump from cliffs or other high up places and float to the ground in parachute-like devices—today, we call this base jumping.

Da Vinci’s sketch

In 1485, Leonardo da Vinci sketched out a draft of the first parachute, but it wasn’t until 2000 (515 years later) that an exact replica of his model was made and used successfully. Adrian Nicholas made the replica out of rope, canvas and wood, which altogether weighed 187 pounds; however, he had to cut away and use a regular parachute 3,000 feet into the 10,000 foot jump.

The beginning of skydiving

To learn the true history of skydiving, we have to talk about a few individuals. First, a French man named Andre-Jacques Garnerin was able to make successful parachute descents in 1797 using canvas as a canopy and a small basket tied beneath a hot air balloon. Credit for the first recorded free fall jump goes to Leslie Irvin in 1919, with the earliest completed sky dives or jumps dating back to the 1930s.

Military parachute technology

As time went on, skydiving became an asset to the military. It became more mainstream once the military decided to develop parachute technology so they could use skydiving as a tactical move during World War II. When the war ended, many military trained soldier skydivers returned home and took it up for competition. Skydiving quickly gained notice, becoming a national sport in 1952.

Skydiving record

Now, let’s take a look at a phenomenal skydiving record. On October 14, 2012, Australian skydiver Felix Baumgartner, age 43 at the time, made the grandest jump of his life. He leapt into skydiving history from over 24 miles (39 kilometers) up, quite literally jumping from the edge of space. If that wasn’t enough, Baumgartner also took the title of the first person to break the sound barrier without using or being inside a powered vehicle on descent. This historic achievement was broadcast on national television, then quickly entered into the Guinness Book of World Records!

Are you ready to go on your first tandem sky dive in El Paso, TX? Itching to make some solo jumps this weekend? Contact us at Skydive El Paso for more information about our skydiving opportunities and rates!

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