One hundred thirty-eight skydivers have broken the vertical skydiving world record by flying heads-down in a snowflake formation. Three judges representing the international air sports federation certified the divers successfully created the formation Friday during a skydiving festival in Ottawa. It took 15 attempts over three days for the team to break the previous record of 108 skydivers, set in 2009.
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Following months of planning and tryouts, skydivers from around the world squeezed into six aircraft and launched themselves into the air at 18,500 feet.
Four camera operators jumped with the 138 participants to record the 150-foot-wide formation, to prove to the judges that all the jumpers were in their assigned slots. They fell at 220 mph.