Skydiving From A B-17 Not Something You See Every Day (Watch)

A group of ten skydivers had the experience of their lifetime when they were given an opportunity to jump from the bomb bay doors of a WW2 bomber.

Skydivers from the Chicagoland Skydiving Center took part in this amazing event to raise money for the Collings Foundation. The Collings Foundation is a non-profit organization that operates these bombers.

They were dropped from one of the most famous bombers of WW2, the B-17, also known as the Flying Fortress. The skydivers paid $500 each to the charity and enjoyed this unique event.

The skydivers boarded the Flying Fortress bomber aircraft from an airport in Rockford, Illinois. A number of GoPro high-definition cameras were used to film the skydivers jumping off the plane.

In the video of the jump, we first see the inside of the bomber. The large gun cases can be seen along with the controls for the pilots. The video shows the plane’s massive propellers starting to spin as the pilot turns on the switch. Closed bomb bay doors are also shown in the sequence.

After a while, the plane is at 5000ft and cruising swiftly through the air. Through a camera mounted at the bottom of the bomber, the doors can be seen opening downwards. From the inside of the plane we can see northern Illinois coming into the view while some of the skydivers are standing on the iron railing above the wide open bomb bay doors.

After a few seconds, the skydivers start jumping one by one out of the plane, while their GoPro head-mounted cameras film their epic falls. The camera fixed on the belly of the plane films the skydivers rapidly jumping out of the plane.

In an amazing ending shot, we see a skydiver jumping off the plane while his camera films the plane going further away from him as he falls towards the ground.

The Chief Operations Officer of the Chicagoland Skydiving Center, who was also amongst the skydivers, expressed his gratitude for this event. He said that he has been jumping off planes for more than three decades and a pilot for more than 20, but his experience with the B-17 was one of a kind.

Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.