How the Red Bull Air Force Pioneered Freeflying

These Red Bull Air Force team members pioneered a new form of skydiving called 'freeflying.'
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By Scott Hart

"We were a part of this tiny little group of people that, for lack of a better word, 'invented' freeflying," recalls Jon DeVore in the video player above, "[We were] with others, for sure, but we were part of that first core wave."

Go down memory lane in episode six of Miles Above, the series on the life and times of the Red Bull Air Force, as they reminisce of the days when their core crew burgeoned a new style of skydiving called 'freeflying' – an expansion of skydiving which includes the traditional belly-to-earth positions, but extends into vertical flight where the flyer is in an upright position (falling feet first) or in an inverted position (falling head first). These positions increase freefall speeds and make new types of formations and routines possible.

"Charles Bryan is one of the guys that started not only the Red Bull Air Force, but the whole freefly movement," said Mike Swanson. "He was part of the group that first started really training [for] the discipline."

DeVore continued respectfully as he described one of the sport's bravest pioneers, "[Charles] is one of the most natural [athletes] out there – no better person to have started the crazy world we live in now!"

Watch the video above to learn more about the new school of skydiving with the guidance of the world's premier skydive team, Red Bull Air Force, to fully explain the origins of 'freeflying.'

Miss an episode of Miles Above? You can find the entire video series here.


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