When we think of the history of skydiving, it would be hard to imagine it without the word ‘drop.’ In this article, we will discuss the history of drop zones and the development of a new type of skydiving. From early times, skydivers were only able to choose from either parachute or wingsuit descents.
In recent years, wingsuit descents have become more popular, especially in the UK. I propose that wingsuit descents will continue to rise in popularity and that it will be possible for wingsuit descents to replace parachutes in the future.
Difference Between History of Skydiving And Parachuting
Today’s skydiving history is very different from the history of parachuting. It is much safer for pilots to use safety gear to avoid the risks associated with earlier forms of skydiving.
‘Lift’ jumpers used to use the same parachute and thin skydiving fabric as parachuters today. They were also held aloft in an inflatable barrel by ropes attached to a string stretched between two towers. This style of a jump is popular in Scotland but not today. Many enjoy the thrill of being ‘held aloft’ during descent to earth.
‘Whiplash’ jumpers used a steel harness tied around their legs and upper body. The harness was tied to a wing and connected to a ‘wing-rack’ attached to the jumpers back. This style of a jump is more common today as newer types of wingnuts are manufactured for this style of a jump.
Where Does The History of Skydiving Starts
Tandem skydives were used mainly in Australia and New Zealand but not today. They started with two people wearing identical tandem wingsuits. After they descended, the person who had just been in a parachuting harness came up next. A ‘fall plate’ was used to stop the person after a fall.
Other styles of tandem skydive included using a back and a front harness, or a front and a back harness. Single or double harnesses, without the ‘fall plate,’ were available but were more popular in the US. Double harnesses soon replaced single harnesses.
In the US and Canada, tandem wingsuits are worn by athletes training for specific sports. They are used for the Olympic events but are not used by the general public. They are lightweight and designed to reduce drag.
Skydiving Is Known For Dramatic Actions
During World War II, tandem wingsuits were popular with the US Army, with the help of a British manufacturer. These are called ‘Olympic’ wingsuits. But the style did not catch on in the US, and when parachuting became popular, they were replaced by more comfortable forms of skydiving.
Skydiving was also well-known for its dramatic action in the 1930s. Fenton Bailey and Ben Johnson are the best-known jumpers from this period. Fenton has captured the public imagination ever since his picture was used in the early films.
In the early days, wingnuts were attached to a parachute and could be used to take off from a moving aircraft, and then pull a further tailwind to ensure a smooth landing. However, the use of this method became much less popular as ground skydiving became more popular.
We can look at the history of skydiving through the lens of parachuting through a parachute canopy. Even though parachutes are used today, many skydivers still enjoy the thrill of flying in their parachutes.