Team Arizona Airspeed is a (indoor) skydiving formation team based at Skydive with a tradition of excellence spanning back to its formation.
Arizona Airspeed began in 1994 when Jack Jefferies, Mark Kirkby, Kirk Verner, Dan BC and John Lemming (video) joined forces with Larry and Lil Hill of Skydive Arizona to start a new professional 4-way skydiving team. The team went on to dominate the 4-way event in every National and World skydiving competition for 5 years in a row.
What Airspeed started in 1994 has now become an ever evolving skydiving project, changing members from year to year but continuing the foundation of training and competing techniques developed by the original team. Airspeed is not only a competition team but it also works hard to share what it has learned over thousands of jumps with the rest of the skydiving community.
Beginning in 2011, 5 new members joined Mark Kirkby to carry on the Airspeed tradition of winning…Thomas Hughes, Josh Hall, Niklas Hemlin and Bill Schmitz flying camera with Nick Grillet training as an alternate. This team posted more impressive wins culminating in winning the World Championship in Dubai in December 2012. After a very closely contested 4-way open meet that came down to the last second of the final round, the U.S. team edged out Belgium and France to claim the top spot and bring home the coveted William Ottley Sword.
Team Arizona Airspeed is once again focusing on the 4-way event. Beginning in 2015, Airspeed consists of Niklas Hemlin, Thomas Hughes, Chris Farina and Thiago Gomes with Justin Price flying camera.