Terminal Velocity - 'wet paint'


In the beginning there was only ONE terminal velocity. The one velocity that ruled them all - 120mph. Back then, we were all flat flying in the standard ‘French Frog’ position.

Nowadays there are many terminals, and of course, we haven’t explored all of them yet.  Recent head down speed comps have clocked competitors at 530kph (330mph) near the end of their dive. Very, very fast, but incredibly, they are still accelerating at this point. Tandem masters who are a bit slow in throwing out the drogue can reach 275kph (170mph).

On his record breaking jump, Felix Baumgartner become the first person to break the speed of sound without the aid of any mechanical device and achieved a terminal of around 1360kph (845mph or Mach 1.25) in the rarefied atmosphere at 100,000‘. Every weekend, VRW enthusiasts are regularly achieving up to 300kph (185mph).

It’s not just the maximum we are interested in though. In wing suit flying we are often working towards minimising our terminal velocity to achieve longer air times, cover more distance, fly through natural rock formations and even land on a pile of cardboard boxes...

Terminal velocity is a vital aspect of our sport and so deserves it’s own series of tees. This is number one in the series, numero uno, ichiban...