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Dori Bachman

Trustee DoriThe Board of Trustees deeply mourns the loss of fellow trustee and friend Dori Bachman.  Dori passed away peacefully Tuesday morning (February 17).  The Bachman family has been involved with the museum since its initial conception and their contributions are immeasurable.

Mike McGowan

Mike McGowan 200 pxSkydiving has been my life for nearly 50 years and I want to give back a little by supporting the effort to build a museum dedicated to the sport we love. I’ve seen the evolution of skydiving because I’ve captured such a large part of it in photos. We need a National Museum dedicated to our achievements. Please join me in supporting the Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame, it’s so easy to donate and every dollar counts.

Larry Hill

Larry Hill1967 was the year I made my first skydive. It was also the year I met my wife Lil skydiving in Belgium. We have both loved this sport ever since and our lives evolve around this great sport. Running one of the largest Skydiving centers in the world gives us the chance to see and be involved in this great growth. The changes we have seen in the evolution of the equipment and disciplines and the skills of skydivers that are being done now could never have been imagined. We are doing things in the air and with equipment that no one could ever have imagined back in the 60’s when we started. But what got us to this level are the pioneers of this great sport. We need to remember these people and accomplishments. It is thrilling to imagine a museum dedicated to the achievements of skydiving, past, present and the future. What better way to demonstrate and understand where we are today than to have hands on experience with the evolution of equipment, training and skydiving disciplines and, of course, the people.

I love competition and have been proud to sponsor people who brought together a unique brand of teamwork, determination, responsibility and other quality of character traits that had a major impact on our sport. Recently at Skydive Arizona 63 women flying head down in formation set a new world record. I want this achievement and others before it and those in the future to be enshrined in a place that connects us to our past, illuminates the present and challenges us for the future. The Skydiving Museum is a grand, worthy goal. I’m all for it and whether you have one jump or thousands of jumps, I hope you will give your support as well.




Convergence of Highest Profile

US Aviation Events of 2015

Promises Once-in-a-Lifetime Show 

The Skydiving Hall of Fame has been invited to conduct a series of skydiving world record oshkosh eaglejumps at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) 2015 Airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin July 22 and July 24.  The EAA’s annual exhibition is the largest of its kind with more than 10,000 aircraft participating.  The Hall of Fame’s 108-way skydiving team, known as the Eagles, will make three exhibition jumps in Oshkosh as part of an effort to set a new Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) skydiving world record.

James F. (Curt) Curtis, President and CEO of the Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame notes, “It was only a few years ago that military jet display teams were first allowed to join the show.  This year, for the first time in its 64 year history, big-way skydiving exhibitions will be featured as one of the premier events at Oshkosh.”

“These seasoned skydivers – who have proved to be among the best in the world – face enormous challenges,” states Curtis.  “To achieve an FAI world record while performing a high-profile professional exhibition jump requires extraordinary skill, talent, and focus.”

Record attempts will occur at both the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh venue and Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, the site of previous skydiving world records.  The schedule of events, to which media are invited, is as follows:

  • Sunday, 19 July: Four rehearsal jumps at Skydive Chicago
  • Monday, 20 July: Four 108-way world record attempts at Skydive Chicago
  • Tuesday, 21 July: Four 108-way world record attempts at Skydive Chicago
  • Wednesday, 22 July: One 108-way world record attempt at Skydive Chicago and Two record attempts & exhibition jumps in Oshkosh:  afternoon and early evening
  • Thursday, 23 July: Three 108-way world record attempts at Skydive Chicago
  • Friday, 24 July: Two 108-way world record attempts at Skydive Chicago and One record attempt & exhibition jump in Oshkosh; afternoon

The Eagles will rely on one Short SC.7 Skyvan and four deHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otters to carry them to a maximum altitude of 20,000 feet above the ground for as many as 17 world record attempts.

The exhibition world record attempts known as “Eagles Over Oshkosh” has been in development since early Fall 2014.


About EAA

EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts.  EAA’s 185,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft.  For more information on EAA and its programs, go to

About the Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Skydiving Museum is to recognize and promote the sport of skydiving through public education and awareness; recognize the contribution to skydiving by its participants, suppliers and supporters; capture forever the history of the sport via its events, equipment, and personalities; and enhance aviation safety.  Established by the Museum in 2010, the Skydiving Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those who, through leadership, innovation and/or outstanding achievement have defined, promoted, inspired and advanced skydiving at the highest and sustained levels in the past, present, and for future generations of skydivers.  For more information on the Museum and its programs, go to

For Further Information

Contact Jim McCormick, Director of Special Events, Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame,, 970.577.8700.

To view in PDF format, click here Skydiving Museum Announces Plans at Oshkosh Air Show

Videos and Jump Stories Wanted

The Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame wants stories of the early days of our sport. Interviews are being posted in the eMuseum and will be on display forever.

Michael Kearns made video interviews of a number of people in Eloy and other places. He edited the videos and posted them to YouTube. They were added to the eMuseum inventory list with click-throughs to YouTube. Just click on his or her photo and the interview will come to life. Interviews may be viewed via the eMuseum from anywhere in the world. All viewers need is access to the Internet.

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Sidebar – In Memory of 2013

In memory of Cliff Schmucker
Herb and Barb Ahting

AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee
John Amirtharaj
David Arcaro
Dori Bachman/Para-Gear Equipment Co., Inc.
Bally Ribbon Mills
Jean Beck
Mike Beck
Beech Mennonite Church, Inc.
Blue Skies Magazine, LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Booth
David and Denise Castner
Harvey and Linda Castner
Chattanooga CVB
Complete Parachute Solutions, Inc.
Curt Curtis
Tiffany Dees Moy
DeLorean Club of Ohio
DJ Associates
EJJ Publishing & Literary Services
Monica Haltrecht
HLC Industries
Jeffrey and Susan Hodge
Amanda and Annette Keefe
Robert and Karen Gates/Jump Ohio, LLC
Joe and Sherry Kittinger
Kenneth and Christine Koncelik
Lubrizol Advanced Materials
Jen Morrissey
Para Loft Inc.
Pat Thomas/Sun Path Products Inc.
Performance Designs, Inc.
Jeremy Popp
Lenny Potts
Mark Procos
Tacoma Rascona
Riggings Innovations Inc.
Rik Saylor Financial
Earl and Dorothy Schmucker
Vivian Schmucker
Ann C. Shackelford
Staff at UPT
Bevan Steward
Systems Technology, Inc.
Paul and Mary Thompson
USFS Missoula Smokejumpers
Joy Velasquez
Tianran Ye
Kara Ziegelmeyer

In memory of Jim Arender
Barbara Roquemore

In honor of Dori Bachman
Jane and Preston Beard

In memory of Lowell Bachman
Jane and Preston Beard

Ray and Jane Drexler
Paul and Mary Thompson

In memory of Jim Bates
Marjorie Bates

In memory of Jason Eisenzopf
Paige Taft

In honor of Kim Emmons Knor
Barbara Roquemore

Dick Myron

In memory of Jon R. Erpenbach
Ron Zais

In honor of John G. (Jack) Johnson
Ron Zais

In memory of Rick Olchovik
Barbara (Basia) Zielonka

In memory of William H. Ottley
Lenny Potts

In memory of Joel H. Papke
Ron Zais

In memory of Gary Pond
Nona King

In memory of all the good times at Pope Valley
Jo Timmsen

In memory of Dick Rau
Ron Zais

In memory of Jerry Roquemore
Barbara Roquemore

In memory of Ralph L. Schauss
Lee Dunlap

In honor of Charles Seymour
Chip Seymour

In memory of Ted Strong
Pepperell Skydiving Ct.

In memory of Mark Sutton
Priscilla and Simon Repton

In memory of Lenn Taylor
Kate Griesser and Tony Thacker

In memory of Gene Paul Thacker
Paraclete Real Estate Holdings, LLC

In honor of Paul and Mary Thompson for their years of service
Larry Stein

In honor of Jim Wallace
Margaret Connery

Hall of Fame Inductees Selected


The Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame’s board of trustees has selected a distinguished group of skydiving greats to join the ranks of those already inducted into the Hall of Fame. At the Celebration Weekend 10-12 October 2014, Gerald “Jerry” Bourquin, Dan “BC” Brodsky-Chenfeld, Norm Heaton, Chris Needels, and Helmut Schlecht will become the class of 2014. All in the skydiving community are invited to attend and show their appreciation for all these leaders have done for our sport. » Read more

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