Friday, September 19, 2008

Skydiving at Zephyr Hills, Florida

My first tandem skydive. In some ways it was similar to weightlessness training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, but there were some surprises.

First of all I was surprised leaving the aircraft that there was virtually no sense of falling. Instead, the illusion was that we stayed in one place while the plane suddenly shot up into the sky away from us.

The second surprise was the startling amount of noise that is roars in your ears as you fall through the sky at 120 miles per hour.

It didn't feel as though I were weightless. As you very quickly reach terminal velocity and do not gain any more speed, the pressure of the air rushing past your body almost makes it feel like you are floating on a rapidly oscillating cushion!

Not much more verbal description for this adventure; the video pretty much says it all!

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