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Cynthia Ferrara BREAKS the World Record for Woman’s FREE FALL From an Airplane!

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Cynthia’s jump took place in Tennessee.

The jump was a 114 second free fall at velocity of 134 mph.

Cynthia did two flips out of plane. She is 5th civilian woman ever to HALO and 82nd civilian ever. Last civilian woman was Obamas secret service woman and woman before that was a Swiss astronaut.

Congratulations to Cynthia who’s jump brought was to bring attention to the Woman For Woman organization… an organization created for the uplifting of women around the world.

Woman is flying high after record free fall

50-Year-Old Woman to Attempt Record-Setting Free Fall. Think you’ve got big plans for the weekend? They’re nothing compared with the ones Cynthia Ferrara has.

The 50-year-old businesswoman is flying from her home in Golden, Colo., to Memphis, Tenn., hoping to set a world record as the woman who has done the highest altitude HALO (high altitude, low open) sky dive.

Basically, Ferrara will jump in tandem with a trained jump master from a height between 28,000 and 31,000 feet, depending on weather and whether the Federal Aviation Administration approves the flight limit.

This weekend, Cynthia Ferrara, 50, will attempt to set a record for the longest free fall by a woman.

If she goes above 29,200 feet, Ferrara will be the new female record holder, according to Kevin Ho of HALOJumpers, the only company in the world offering civilians the chance to make jumps from such high altitudes.

“HALO was originally designed during the ’60s as a military maneuver to insert troops behind enemy lines undetected,” Ho said. “There is only one company in the world doing this for the public, and we are happy to be part of this history-making event.”

The previous jump was set two months ago by a female member of Barack Obama’s Secret Service team, who asked to remain anonymous.

Even if Ferrara doesn’t set the record, she’ll be happy.

“When I turned 50 a few months ago and the kids left the house, I realized I could redesign my life,” she said. “However, I figure if I’m that close to the record, I might as well go for it.”

But Ferrara isn’t doing her jump just for the glory. She is hoping her leap into history raises awareness for two pet projects: a makeup product designed to increase the amount of eyelash hair and Women to Women International, a charity that helps women in war-torn countries.

Ferrara is hot to try new things, but this adventure should be a chilly experience. The temperature at 30,000 feet is about 25 degrees below zero, requiring that everyone on the plane wear special suits and oxygen masks in the descent to avoid losing consciousness and getting “the bends.”

Ferrara and the other passengers (who each paid around $3,500) will get some training by ex-military jumpers before their tandem skydive, which will be done with an experienced jump master.

“The divers don’t need a physical, but they can’t have any breathing issues, and they can’t be taking any antihistamines,” Ho said. “What we are doing is the exact opposite of scuba diving. That sport involves getting used to extra pressure. We are depressurizing, trying to get the oxygen level in the body down to 62 percent.”

The free fall will be about four miles or so and last about two minutes — double any traditional skydive — before the chutes open at an altitude of around 6,000 feet.

“I don’t know how much speed I’ll pick up,” Ferrara said, adding that her two boys wished they could free-fall with Mom. “That would be great, but the 16-year-old one is too young, and the other one is taking the ACT [college entrance exam] this weekend.”
This will be Ferrara’s second dive: The first happened at the age of 23 from 6,000 feet.

“I loved it. In fact, I wanted to become a formation diver, but then we moved to Colorado, and it’s too high to sky-dive here.”

Although Ferrara and Ho believe her fall could be a world record, it might not be officially recognized by Guinness.

A Guinness representative says there is currently no record for the highest tandem sky dive, adding that while the organization did receive a claim several years ago, no evidence was ever received and the category remains open.

Ho concedes that’s the case.

“This might be a record, but it’s not an official attempt,” he said. “If it were, we’d be in touch with the FAA in advance.”

Ho says because his company is the only one offering extreme high dives for civilians, it’s easy for pretty much anyone who does one to claim some kind of record.

“Whether we can go above 30,000 feet is based on the weather and whether the FAA allows us,” Ho said. “But even if we don’t get that high to break the overall record, she will probably qualify as the oldest woman.”

Charity and Awareness behind Women’s World Record Halo Jump Attempt.

Cynthia Ferrara of Aspen, CO, will be shooting to break the female world record (now just under 30,000 feet) for the highest altitude HALO (High Altitude, Low Open) skydive.

Goldsmith, who is also in the process of launching a new web-driven company, DramaticLash, said she is looking forward to the jump.

“I don’t have the slightest case of jitters. That may change,” she said, noting that some proceeds of her new company will assist women from war-torn countries help pursue their dreams.

The jumps begin at 8:00 AM. The drop zone is 40 miles east of Memphis in Whiteville at the West Tennessee Skydiving Center. Only 78 civilians have ever done this HALO dive arranged by the only company in the world doing this, HALOJumper. The temperature at 30,000 feet is about 25 degrees below zero, requiring that each Maverick wear a special suit and oxygen mask in the descent to preclude losing consciousness and getting “the bends.” Each Maverick will engage in a tandem skydive with an experienced jumpmaster, with training by ex-military jumpers. The ultimate free fall will be two-plus minutes (double any traditional skydive).

“HALO was originally designed during the 60′s as a military maneuver to insert troops behind enemy lines undetected.  There is only one company in world doing this for the public and we are happy to be part of this history-making event,” said Kevin Hollbrook, owner and Jumpmaster.

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