Vertical formation skydiving

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Vertical formation skydiving (VFS) is the art of building formations in free-fall with multiple people gripping each other's limbs or specially built "grippers" on their jumpsuits (like formation skydiving), while using high-speed body positions normally associated with freeflying. Also called "vertical relative work" or simply "VRW".

The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) world record for the largest VFS free-fall formation is a 108-way, set on July 31, 2009 over Chicago, Illinois, USA. [1]

Project Horizon, the Lodi Sequentials, VFS Arizona and several other yearly invitational skydiving events are centered on pushing the boundaries of VFS.


There is only one category of official VRW competition, that being VRW 4-way, which is part of the United States Parachute Association Skydiving Nationals. The first official VRW 4-Way US Nationals Competition was held on October 27, 2006, in Eloy, Arizona. Nine teams (45 skydivers) competed.

VRW 4-way has been adopted as an addition to future FAI world competitions (as VFS 4-way), the first being the FAI World Cup in Eloy, AZ, in October 2008.

External links[edit]

  • VRW Information from
  • Information on the VRW 4-Way
  • USPA The United States Parachute Association – The governing body for sport skydiving in the U.S.
  • FAI The Federation Aeronautique Internationale – The international governing body for all airborne sports, including skydiving.