It takes about 12 seconds for the human body to reach terminal velocity.  At that speed they will see the earth’s surface approach them at 177 feet or 54 meters every second.  These are the stories of a few survivors who have fallen from an aircraft, without opening a parachute… and survived!


The remarkable Juliane Koepcke


Nicholas Alkemade


RAF Lancasters


The Ju88 nightfighter



The Il-4


B17 Flying Fortress bombers on a mission over Europe


The B17 ball turret


Vesna Vulović and a JAT DC9


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