“The FAA air space restrictions were a big challenge,” said Devore, referring to the three major airports surrounding the proposed jump zone, and the limitations imposed after 9/11. But the team obtained the appropriate permits.
“I always believed it would happen,” said Provenzano prior to the jump. “It was just a question of when.”
The successful skydive was organised in anticipation of the Bethpage Air Show on Long Island, New York, next weekend (Memorial Day weekend in the USA).
The Red Bull Air Force will be performing multiple jumps for the large crowds expected at the highly revered air show, which draws 400,000 spectators annually.
“Being from New York, this is so special and I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a kid,” said Provenzano after the jump. “It’s been years of looking up at the big buildings and wondering if there is a day that I can fly over them. That day was today.”
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