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Skydiving: Extreme Sport

People started skydiving in China in the 1100s. Leonardo DaVinci also contributed much to the development of this amazing sport: in the 15th century he designed a wooden framed, pyramid-shaped parachute. As he was generally a foretimed pioneer with his inventions in the Middle Ages, his idea was tested only much later, in the 20th century, by Adrian Nichols. Although World War I was the first big event, when pilots needed to consider jumps as a method of escape and not just a sport anymore. The first jump from an airplane was performed in 1922 and experiments with freefall started in 1925. Between the two world wars jumps got to be part of airshows. After World War II, it became a hobby. Raymond Young called ...

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