Amy Chmelecki, Aerial Expert. She is the holder of 11 world records and seven world titles in skydiving. Amy is the first woman to join the Red Bull Air Force team.v
“Dreams of flying filled my childhood thoughts both night and day. When I turned 18 (the legal age you need to be to skydive in the USA), I went to make my first jump and I instantly fell in love with the feeling of freedom it gave me. After my studies, I moved to Arizona to goof off for a year before I got a 'real job'; that year turned into 16 years and goofing off turned into my real job. I’m very lucky.”
“Making a living from doing what I love is my proudest accomplishment. Because I love what I do, I feel like I never work, even though – strictly speaking – I’m actually always working. On my 'work days’ I wake up and say to myself: 'Sweet! I get to fly all day.’ And on my "days off", I wake up and say the exact same thing."
“Go for it! Live the life you want! Skydiving is a unique sport because men and women compete with and against each other: the natural physical differences between men and women don’t make a difference in skydiving. Generally, society puts a lot of pressure on women to live a certain way. But I believe that this is your life so you should live it exactly the way you want.”
Virgin Atlantic Blog, Photograph by Samantha Schwann via Skydive Mag