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Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Skydiving Championships in pictures

By Playbook Visuals

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More than 600 skydivers are competing this week in the national championships in Arizona.
As we reported over in our Fandom post, the U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships are taking place this week in Arizona.

The words are good, but the pictures ... well, we've got a novella's worth of high-flying action shots in this post. See below for a taste of what competitive skydiving is all about.

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A competitor exits the aircraft during the accuracy landing event.
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Vertical formation skydiving team Arizona Arsenal exits for a competition jump.
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Multiple national champion Arizona Airspeed flies to another gold in four-way formation skydiving.
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SDC Standard assembles for a gold in the vertical formation skydiving event.
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Arizona Airspeed is part of the U.S. Parachute Team that will take part in the world championships in Dubai later this month.
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A competitor strikes a pose as he flies out of the aircraft during the accuracy landing event.
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SDC Standard also won gold at last year's championships for vertical formation skydiving.
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STF Friends of Warren, the 2011 gold-medal winners, hang upside down as part of their vertical formation.
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Tiffany Lamb and Travis Mills of the Dragons freestyle high above.
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Skydiving team Arizona Arsenal starts to organize in the vertical formation event.
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Deguello 17 creates 16-way shapes in the largest formation skydiving discipline.
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Arizona Airspeed was tops in four-way formation skydiving in the 2011 championships.
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Angela Hsu of STF Dizzy Dizzy OMG completes a freestyle routine.
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Jim Hayhurst, USPA's director of competition and reigning U.S. champ for men's overall style and accuracy, attempts to land on the dot.
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A competitor touches down on the 2-centimeter target during the accuracy landing event.