Brian Pangburn, a member of the U. S. Sky Diving Team and organizer and participant in the world record 100-way canopy formation will be guest speaker at the Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) meeting Monday, December 19 at the Sun Lakes Country Club. The event begins at 6:30 a.m. with coffee and camaraderie, followed by Pangburn’s presentation at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Pangburn, now of Casa Grande, Ariz., will give a power-point presentation describing the planning and participation in the 2007 record event over the Florida Skydiving Center at Lake Wales, Fla.
Breaking the record took five attempts and during the successful jump the team locked into formation in about 11 minutes. The jumpers held the formation for 12 seconds. The formation was 290 feet tall and 175 feet wide – about the size of a football field.
The team of parachutists included 56 participants from the United States and 44 from 13 other nations. The jumpers left five planes at altitudes ranging from 13,000 to 20000 feet, grabbing the lines of the canopy below and wrapping them round their feet for a secure grip to form a diamond from top down, breaking the record by 15 people.
A skydiver since 1991, Pangburn started participating in canopy formation jumps in 1996 and has been on teams that set records for the 56, 64, 65, 70, 81, and 85 way world records between 2002 and 2005.
Now in its 16th year, SLAC meets the third Monday of each month from October through May at the Sun Lakes Country Club. More information on the club is available from Bob Walch, 480-895-8869 or Al Galvi, 480-802-0104.