In 1957, the first commercial skydiver school was opened, and the start of skydiving was born.
At the start of skydiving, the most popular types of planes used were the Beech 18 or the Douglas DC-3 due to the economy.
Vertical wind tunnels can be used to practice skills for free fall ("indoor skydiving" or "body flight"), while virtual reality parachute simulators can be used to practice parachute control.
Original interiors are removed in skydiving airplanes to save weight and allow for more people to be carried at once.
Skydiving is not always restricted to daytime hours.
Skydiving is performed by individuals and teams; the U.S. Army's Golden Knights perform skydiving all over the country and world.
Skydiving is a type of parachuting done for recreational purposes, also called sport parachuting.
Goggles Goggles for skydiving are designed to let a small amount of air in behind the lens to prevent fogging.
Parachutists can participate both in competitive and in purely recreational skydiving events.