The first blind jumper to be in a plane-formation was Dan Foley. The jump was Dan’s second jump (1st square jump) when Denny Gainor docked on him in Perris Valley, CA in January.
Two CRW jumpers made side by side formation with ultralight airplane in Knox Butte Airport, Oregon, USA! Jumpers exeted Cessna 206. Name of the ultralight pilot is missing.
Records and events
Jumpers from Thailand set a new national record, a 10-plane. The jump was done on a police DZ (Tungkhadaycha) in Cha-am, Thailand.
Only British Royal Marines jumpers managed to break the 23-plane built in the US. They built a 24-plane in August 20 in Dunkeswell, Devon. Using Avenger mains they held that vertical record for 12,7 seconds.
Jumpers from Italy set a new national record in July. The 16-plane was done in Turi after three attempts.
In October there were more record attempts in the USA. The best of the 32-way biplane diamond attempts built to a 23-way.
The first Finnish CRW nationals were held in Pori. There was only a rotation event and three teams. ”Viking Team” from Tampere won.
The first European Cup of CRW was held in Grenchen, Switzerland on August 28th to August 31st.
The first CRW World Championships were held in Gatton, Australia, September 23 to October 2. The plane used was a Twin Otter. The Chinese team won the rotation event, the sequential gold medals went to France and the 8-way winner was also France. France won the sequential with a margin of 25 points.
Rotation team ”Prism” made 20 points in three minutes working time in June in the US Nationals. That record was soon broken in the World Championships when the Chinese scored 22 points, twice. In the 8-speed event the winning team from France also set a new record using Contact mains. The time was 43.29. That was the last time when there was only one formation(plane) in 8-speed. In the new rules in 1987 there were four different formations (plane, kite, biplane diamond and box). Also the French sequential team set a new record of 15 points. Working time was three minutes.