Project 19’s mission is a lofty one, to secure the first-ever all-female 100-way Women’s Vertical World Record to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s constitutional right to vote.
To accomplish this goal, Project 19 organizers are traveling the globe to train 100 female skydivers to successfully jump from five airplanes at 18,000 feet altitude, fly head-down to their position and all link hands to build the world’s largest all-female vertical formation. This must be achieved within 80 seconds of exiting the aircraft while traveling to the earth at speeds of up to 180 mph, with no errors.
“Securing a world record is no easy task, especially when it requires 100-women in perfect formation,” said Sara Curtis, professional skydiver and Project 19 organizer. “But it doesn’t hold a candle to the bravery and grit shown by the women before us who advanced our rights. We plan to win this world record in their honor.”
More than 70 women are participating in the practice event this weekend in Eloy, Arizona at Skydive Arizona, the largest skydiving center in the world. The training timeline for Project 19 consists of four phases. Phase I is basic training provided locally by regional captains around the world. Phase II is advanced training by Project 19 organizers in larger groups at key locations. Phase III is the selection phase (i.e., tryout camps). Phase IV is the record attempts.
Once all training is completed, the top 100-women from 20 countries will be selected to participate in the historic all-female world record attempt to take place July 3-11, 2020 at Skydive Chicago. Weather permitting, the women will have eight days, five jumps per day to secure the world record which would be a Guinness Book World Record as well as a FAI – Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record.
For more information about the Women’s Skydiving Network and Project 19, visit www.womeninskydiving.org.
About Women’s Skydiving Network (WSN)
The Women’s Skydiving Network is an organization that provides female skydivers with training, scholarships, networking, and fellowship in hopes of increasing the number of women in the sport. The United States Parachute Association (USPA) reports there are 35,000 active U.S. skydivers, but only 13% are females. The WSN supports two special initiatives: The WSN Pro demonstration team (a Vision 2020 #Women100 partner) and Project 19. Both promote women’s empowerment and equality in skydiving and beyond.
Liza Dittoe | for Women’s Skydiving Network
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