Yes! When I read the title of this thread that was the name that came up right away. Then I read all the posts and realized no-one was thinking outside the US. Besides there's a big difference between "most seen" and "most famous".
People from all over the world -both skydivers and whuffos- have seen Patrick on his board over the Alps or base jumping in the Sotano de las Golondrinas or with his wingsuit over the Grand Canyon, and do know his name and who he was. That is "being famous" to me.
For me, the most famous and the model is Smaranda Braescu, a women that was called "Queen of heights" and that was a pioneer of skydiving. I hope I'm not boring... If you want to know more about her, there is an article at this link: www.airclub.rdsnet.ro/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=75
I would probably have to say Patric de Gayardon becasue i am new to skydiving and i think thats the first famous skydiver i ever heard about. Also my non-skydiving friend from italy had heard about him apparently he is lot better known in France/Italy. Also what about Adrian Nicholas, in the UK he has been on several tv programmes with his wing suit and Da VInci's parachute.
For me, the most famous and the model is Smaranda Braescu, a women that was called "Queen of heights" and that was a pioneer of skydiving. I hope I'm not boring... If you want to know more about her, there is an article at this link: http://www.airclub.rdsnet.ro/...e=article&sid=75
You are not boring. I did read the article. She did pretty amazing stuff for that age.
I'm dating myself but, when I was active in the sport we had Jaques Istel (D-1) Steve Snyder (D-5) Jim Arender (D-13) Dick Fortenberry (D-18) Loy Brydon (D-38) Arender was famous as the "Camel Kid" and Dick Fortenberry was famous for winning the 1962 Word Championship. I've jumped with all of them and served in the Army with Fortenberry when he was a CWO-2 chopper pilot and Loy Brydon when he was CSM of 5th SFG.
Saw an ad in an old skydiving magazine (L&B and cypres) congratulating Patrick on breaking the altitude record without oxygen. Did a quick search and found this post by Mads Larsen confirming the record.
The more I find out about the man the more in awe I am - truly one of the greatest ever.
You stole my comment! And several months ago too! I'm sure Felix is the most famous skydiver/hang-glider at the moment... And there's no distinction between famous and infamous either, remember: "All publicity is good publicity".
Anybody have any old Playboys with the "Pushed To The Edge" series...
Where the writer did several different sports like racing cars, cliff diving and sky diving?!
I don't have them myself...but the Chicago Historical Society certainly does! I made a photocopy of the skydiving article, but I can't remember where I put it. It was a neat series, though...I'll see if I can find the dates of the articles again.