2018 Hall of Fame Event

Ray Cottingham made his first jump in 1960 and has made over 12,000 since.  He is perhaps best known for his pioneer work as a skydiving cinematographer/videographer.  His filming credits include scenes from “Point Break”, “Terminal Velocity”, “Operation Dumbo Drop” and “Honeymoon in Las Vegas”, along with many television shows and commercials.  As a freefall videographer for two freestyle teams, he medaled in 1991 through 1998 at the US National Championships, as well as filming for the U.S. Freefall Exhibition Team at the World meet in Bled, Yugoslavia.  Generous with his help for others, Ray served as a mentor and standard for generations of skydivers and videographers to follow.

 

Daryl Henry was born in British Columbia, Canada, and holder of Canada’s License D-3 and US D- 410, made his first jump in 1958.  He had many “firsts” in his native country, to include the first baton pass in 1959.  As a competitor he placed first overall in the 1960 Canadian National Championships and was team leader of the Canadian Team which competed in the 1960 World Meet in Bulgaria and would go on to win again three more times. In 1960 he joined Jacques Istel, US I-1 and D-2, at Parachutes Incorporated in Orange, Massachusetts as an instructor, training many of the next generation of skydivers.  In addition to his pioneer work in training and competition, he served as a judge at many major championships.

 

Suzie Hunter-Joerns was a dominant competitor both in the US and the world in the 1960s and 70s.  She was US National Overalls Champion in 1965 and 1967, and silver medalist in 1966 and 1968.  Internationally, Suzie was a member of seven US Parachute Teams, beginning in 1964 and continuing through 1976, and won the Gold medal at the X World Parachuting Championships in Bled, Yugoslavia.  At that time, she was a member of more US Teams than any other male or female competitor. As a style competitor she won the US National Championships seven times.  She also excelled in accuracy, winning the gold medal in the 1965 US National Championships. 

 

Leslie Irvin was born in in Los Angeles, California in 1895.  He is credited with  making the world’s first free-fall descent using a ripcord in 1919.  With an intense interest in parachute innovation and jump safety, he formed his own parachute company also in 1919 which grew to six factories by 1939, and eventually led to today’s Airborne Systems.  During the WWII era when canopies were made of silk from Japan, he delivered the first canopies made from nylon instead, the material of choice to this day for skydivers.  His many patents for innovative design of canopies and parachuting equipment made possible what we enjoy today.

 

 

Domina "Dom" C. Jalbert was born in 1904 in Quebec, Canada.  He was an early pioneer of parachuting who greatly advanced the sport of skydiving.  He did extensive work on kites, balloons and canopies, with many patents to his name.  For the skydiving community his greatest contribution was the multi-celled canopy which he patent (or patented) in 1963.  In 1964 he patented the Multi-cell Wing Type Aerial device, known to skydivers as the Para-Foil.  The first jump of this canopy was made by Hall of Fame member Paul Poppenhager.  From that point forward (multi-cell) ram-air type parachutes revolutionized and popularized the sport of skydiving.

 

Coy O. McDonald Jr., US license D-70, joined the US Army in 1955 and made his first jump that year in Germany.  In 1960 he was elected as a member of the original US Army Parachute Team “Golden Knights”.  For nearly ten years assigned to the Army Team, he served as a demonstrator, competitor, team leader, aviator and Instrument Flight Examiner. Coy participated in 132 world accuracy records, day and night. As a competitor he was a member of two US Teams and was a founding member of the Golden Knights 10-way team which marked the entry of the Army Team into the formation skydiving world.    Coy also was the chief trainer of the National Guard pilots used for the 1972 World Meet in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

 

Roger Ponce de Leon has been an internationally recognized leader in formation skydiving for more than 50 years.  He has served as a load organizer around the globe and participated in numerous large formation skydive world records, to include the fist 200, 300 and 400 ways. In addition to record size formations, he has designed and participated in numerous world record large sequential skydives.  He was a member of the 1981 Mirror Image 8-way Team which won the World championships, and in 1988 was part of the Exhibition Team which opened the Seoul Olympics with a spectacular display in free fall of the Olympic Rings. 

 

W. L. "Jay" Stokes has been a leader in both the civilian and military free-fall communities. From 2007 through 2018 he has served a member of the U.S. Parachute Association board of directors and been elected as both president and chairman of the board.  Having set several Guinness World Records for the most jumps in a 24-hour period, he raised the bar high with 640 jumps in 2006.  He also was a member of the team that set the world record in 2016 for the largest night skydive formation.  As an ambassador for the sport, Jay has trained both civilian and military teams around the world.

 

Tony Uragallo began skydiving in the United Kingdom in 1972, and has since competed in style, accuracy, and formation skydiving, winning multiple gold medals in each at the British Championships. In 1978 as a member of the guest 4-way team Symbiosis, he and his team won the Australian Nationals.  Tony also won gold at the US Nationals in 16 and 20 way and, in 2014, was the gold medalist at the first British National Championships of Wingsuiting.  Having made his own first jump suit on his mother’s sewing machine in 1976, Tony in 1977 founded Tony Suits company which became instrumental in advancing formation skydiving,  freeflying, and  wingsuiting disciplines.

 

Dutch skydiver Henny Wiggers began skydiving in 1981 and has amassed a broad skydiving portfolio in both the Netherlands and the international community. He has made more than 21,600 jumps which include formation skydiving, paraski, freestyle, skysurfing, wingsuiting, speed skydiving, canopy formation, canopy  piloting, videography and all first jump training disciplines.  He has competed in multiple disciplines around the globe.  Since 2006, Henny has been his country’s alternate delegate to the FAI/IPC and served on multiple commissions.  Simply put, Henny is the consummate international skydiver, which includes jumps onto the North Pole.