KISSIMMEE, Florida – There are over a dozen skydiving facilities in Florida, including several right here in central Florida.
This connection to the sport is the reason why central Florida was chosen to host the new museum and the Skydiving Hall of Fame.
“We want to bring the excitement, commitment and passion we have for skydiving to the non-skydiving world,” said Jim McCormick, director of development for the International Skydiving Museum and Hall of Fame.
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On April 25, several sky legends were in attendance as they revealed to the world that the museum will be built in Kissimmee.
Curt Curtis is the CEO of the museum and a former college hockey player and Marine. He said the exhibits will be divided by era, featuring wing walkers, barnstormers and others who made the sport what it is today.
“I can tell you that the adrenaline rush when you show up to the gate for a competitive jump is no different than getting out on the ice for your first quarter in a big rival game, in a playoff game,” Curtis said.
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The museum will also have the first horizontal wingsuit tunnel in the United States. Officials estimate that more than 100,000 people will come from all over the world each year to experience the thrill of the ground.
“We’re not building a museum in the conventional model,” McCormick said. “What we’re building is something that can be very modern, very engaging, interactive and immersive that will use a lot of virtual reality in order to bring the experience to people.”
McCormick said the United States has more skydiving activity than any other country and Florida has more than any other state, making it the right location for the museum.
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Museum executives hope to make inroads next year and will continue to fundraise. A donation of $ 100,000 from Complete Parachute to DeLand helped.