To mark the 389th birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, an Indian family including a set of 10-year old twin boys skydived over Amsterdam setting a new record for family skydiving.
Shital Mahajan-Rane and her husband Vaibhav Rane, both professional skydivers, and their twins Vrushabh and Vaibhav accomplished the feat from a Super Caravan 206 aircraft flying at a height of around 13,000 feet above The Netherlands.
“We have set two new records – first time ever an Indian civilian family has skydived together, and our two sons becoming the youngest twins doing their first tandem jump,” Shital, a recipient of the Padma Shri
She set the record by wearing a traditional Maharashtrian ;nau-vari’ sari and then went for a repeat jump sporting the royal costume of the legendary ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, who ruled around 3,700 years ago, earning accolades from the Egyptian authorities.
She shot to global fame on April 18, 2004 when she became the first woman in the world to make her maiden jump – without practice dives – on the North Pole from a Russian MI-8 helicopter from 2,700 feet in minus 37 degrees.
On December 15, 2006, she made the world’s first Accelerated Free Fall Parachute Jump on the South Pole in Antarctica, jumping out of a Twin Otter aircraft from a height of 11,600 feet on the icy continent.
That made her the first – and youngest (at 23) – woman in the world to accomplish successful skydives on both the poles.
She has now set her sight on two targets – skydiving over Mount Everest and above Agra skies, home to the monument of love, the Taj Mahal. Shital has notched some 750 jumps all over the world while Vaibhav has 57 skydives till date.