*** Video of jump 151 from full altitude (13,000 feet) with friends ***
On June 19, 2013 Kevin Burkart completed 151 record-breaking 1 armed skydives in one day and raised over $120,000 to benefit Parkinson's Disease. It was a tremendous day for Parkinson's Disease and a great day for adaptive athletes everywhere.
Kevin's average turn time for each skydive was approximately 4 minutes. Jumping commenced at 5 AM and was completed around 9:45 PM. Kevin climbed to 2000 feet of altitude in 1 minute on a fast turbine aircraft. After exiting the aircraft at this low altitude it took him 2 minutes to return to earth and 1 minute to change his gear and get back on the plane. He used 6 identical skydiving rigs. He did two demonstration flag jumps with the national anthem playing. He visited the ambulance twice for IV fluids and anti-nausea medication. He pulled his right calf muscle at jump 98 but continued on limping to the plane there after.
Kevin is unique in that he is a one armed skydiver. After opening the canopy he utilizes a carabiner to connect the steering toggles so he can steer with one arm. If he pushes to the right the canopy goes left, if he pushes to the left the canopy goes right. For his quick turn fast skydives he adds a stirrup that drops down to his right foot that he uses to put the canopy in a spin to quickly return to earth.
There are only 2 active one arm skydivers in the world, the other being Tommy Fergerson. Kevin flew Tommy in from Pueblo Colorado so he could jump with him and have Tommy as a part of the event. Tommy was in charge of tracking the jump times the entire day.
Proceeds from the event are shared equally by the National Parkinson Foundation of Minnesota, providing care today for those living with the disease, and the National Parkinson Foundation that is trying to find a cure for tomorrow. We thank both of these organizations for their extraordinary support.
The event could not have been executed without the assistance of Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin, Wisconsin. Special thanks go to their staff, pilots, and ground crew that kept Kevin safe and jumping every 4 minutes.