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World Records: Air Sports
by Staff
Warning: The feats you are about to read about fall firmly into the "do not try this at home" category. If you have an itch to set some kind of world record, you probably aren't going to want to start off with an around-the-world balloon ride or a freefall in a wingsuit. But maybe you could wait a few years and then try to become the oldest skydiver. Now there's a thought ...

When was the first around-the-world hot air balloon ride?

  • 1959
  • 1969
  • 1979
  • 1989
  • 1999
  • 2009

This country was the takeoff and landing point for Steve Fossett's record-breaking solo around-the-world balloon ride in 2002.

  • United States
  • England
  • Australia
  • Russia
  • Canada
  • Japan

In July 2008, an Australian doctor set the world record for highest wingsuit jump. How high was it?

  • 37,000 feet (11,278 meters)
  • 47,000 feet (14,326 m)
  • 57,000 feet (17,374 m)

One of the oldest air sports records on the books is the one for highest manned balloon flight. In what year did Malcom D. Ross and Victor A. Prather reach 113,739 feet (34,668 meters) in a hot air balloon?

  • 1941
  • 1951
  • 1961
  • 1971
  • 1981

Another old record is the one for freefall (with a parachute, obviously). How far did Eugene Andreev freefall in 1962 before he finally opened his chute?

  • 40,831 feet (12,445 meters)
  • 60,831 feet (18,541 m)
  • 80,381 feet (24,637 m)
  • 100,381 feet (30,596 m)

What's the world record for most parachute jumps in a 24-hour period?

  • 208
  • 376
  • 480
  • 578
  • 640

In 2003, a group of people in the Netherlands decided to parachute out of a balloon together to set a world record. How many people did it?

  • 10
  • 20
  • 30
  • 40
  • 50
  • 60

On June 6, 2004, Australian Frank Moody became the world's oldest skydiver. How old was he?

  • 97
  • 98
  • 99
  • 100
  • 101
  • 102

In July 1986, Dominique Jacquet and Jean-Pascal Oron parachuted from a plane and landed on top of this mountain to establish the first world record in landing at high altitude.

  • Mont Blanc
  • Mount Everest
  • Mount McKinley
  • the Matterhorn

Adrian Nicholas holds the record for the longest freefall in a wingsuit jump. About how long was he in freefall?

  • almost five minutes
  • almost 15 minutes
  • almost 30 minutes

"Infinite tumbles" is one of the most difficult stunts in paragliding. How many times did Horacio Llorens flip when he set the world record?

  • 135
  • 281
  • 332
  • 479
  • 912

What country is home to the highest drop zone (parachuting target) in the world?

  • Switzerland
  • Nepal
  • Kenya
  • United States

How fast was Michael Brooke going when he set the world record for fastest skydiving speed in 1999?

  • about 125 mph (201 km/h)
  • about 325 mph (523 km/h)

How many people set the record for largest freefall formation in 2006?

  • 100
  • 200
  • 300
  • 400
  • 500

What kind of dog holds the world record for highest canine skydive?

  • Pomeranian
  • miniature dachshund
  • shih tzu
  • mutt
  • Great Dane
  • toy poodle

In July 2009, _____ children on the Gaza Strip set the world record for most kites flown at the same time.

  • 499
  • 1,234
  • 2,187
  • 3,710

Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson set the record for glider altitude in 2006. How high did they get?

  • almost 26,000 feet (7,925 meters)
  • almost 37,000 feet (11,278 m)
  • almost 51,000 feet (15,545 m)

Klaus Ohlmann utilized mountain air waves over Argentina when he set this world record for free-distance glider flight.

  • 1,397 miles (2,248 kilometers)
  • 2,973 miles (4,785 km)
  • 3,297 miles (5,306 km)

In December 2008, Nevil Hulett paraglided 312 miles (502.1 kilometers). About how long did it take?

  • three and a half hours
  • five hours
  • seven and a half hours
  • nine hours
  • 11 and a half hours

How many times has world-record-holder Don Kellner jumped out of a plane?

  • 15,000
  • 21,000
  • 27,000
  • 34,000
  • 39,000