Trying to get them all in proximity to enable a successful dive would be pretty hard...too many variables in aircraft performance, pilot ability and skydiver co ordinaation to make it easy....
We organised a 6 way attempt out of 6 Tiger Moth aircraft one time, back in the late 70's, only getting to 4 grand before the performance of the aircraft fell away,
As soon as we got out of the front cockpit on to the wing the formation fell apart...I think we got a 4 way together before we ran out of altitude.
Interesting to try though.....
Were were on the ground when the 15 cessna formation flew over head in a tight V formation sounded like hornets nest. It was snohomish.
Just getting 15 cessna's to show up at one timein working order was a feat by itself. Yes there were some other coordination problems with the exit from 15 planes but Ruckett had a plane, some jumper were a little to eager to exit. ETC.
May have a pic of the little dots flying in a tight V from the ground somewhere. The audio would be better.
Only second time I've seen the patch wasn't on the load. I think John Mitchel was includeing 59 others. Plus the bench.
Didn't stay around long enough to see if they ever made the 55 way from the cessnas. Saw a few attempts and the video used for the debrief.
It was at Snohomish as Jamie Woodward had closed Issaquah several years earlier and been running Slow-ho for some time. With Jamie's organization, the logisitics weren't that hard.
I brought my 182 over from Spokane and, along with most of the jumpers, had some apprehension about how tight and safe the formations would be. But after the first load, we all relaxed and knew that the challenge was getting all 55 jumpers into the dense slow falling diamond.
Norm Kent gave us plane owners some plane to plane shots that give some perspective (as well as just great photography). I'll see if I can find those.
I had a great time and I think almost everyone on the load and the pilots did too.
Here's a picture of Dave from that era that I still have sitting on my bookshelf and enjoy looking at. When I met him 30+ years ago, I never thought I'd say that.