Sparks Fly at Netheravon
Anyone watching BBC 1 on Bonfire Night will have seen a firework display with a real difference! Marty Jopson from the One Show challenged skydiver Dane Kenny to turn himself into a human firework. If you saw the show you will know the results were truly spectacular!
But however awesome the whole event turned out to be, the amount of planning that went into it was second to none! Together with Red Devil, Lee Crudgington the planning on the ground was meticulous!
Dane had charges tied to various parts of his body that he had to set off during his free fall. The crucial thing was that he had to let them burn out before pulling his chute, or metal sparks could have damaged the lines which would have caused a great deal of damage and could have lead to certain catastrophe! The stakes were certainly high!
Lee – who was recording it on video – and Dane managed to do two practise jumps without flares in the days leading up to the jump before the weather closed in and time ran out. They both decided to do it for real just once!
There was a small weather window when the aircraft rumbled down the runway at Netheravon for take-off. At a maximum height of 13,500 ft, Lee and Dane jumped simultaneously and Dane ignited the charges. The result was like a fiery meteor streaking through the night sky, and from the ground the gasps were audible.
Once the initial charges were out, Dane pulled his chute at around 5000ft and with ‘sparklers’ streaking from his wrists landed immaculately on the Netheravon turf to a large round of applause from all those watching.
Jumping out of an aircraft is no mean feat, particularly laden with flammable material, but the training that both Dane and Lee had as skydivers over the years, proves time and again that our military instructors are some of the best in the world.
Whilst we can’t promise you fireworks when you skydive with us, we can promise you the best training and the best day!!
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