Stats Speaking

Today marks the 91st anniversary of the first successful parachute jump and free fall. Leslie Irvin was the inventor of the parachute “rip-cord” system and in 1919 was the first man to make a premeditated free-fall jump from an airplane. In honor of Irvin’s historic jump, we’ll look at some parachuting statistics throughout history:

Number of jumps made yearly by registered parachutists: 2.5 million

Number of parachuting-related fatalities in 2009: 16

Average height from which parachute jumps are made: 12,000 feet

Average free-fall speed: 110 mph