4. You probably won’t master perfect “chute position”
As the first jumper leaves the plane, I try to remember the position Simpson wants me to hit in the air: arms overhead, head up, knees bent, and feet pressed together behind me, so I look like an upside-down banana. This shape makes it easier for an instructor to ensure you’re level before pulling the parachute; though Simpson later tells me only three or four percent of customers are able to hit this perfectly. In his experience, female gymnasts are best able because of the flexibility in their back.
I’ve asked Simpson to backflip us out of the plane, and as soon as we’re at the edge of the door, we tumble into the atmosphere.
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