It’s always a lot of fun to welcome known personalities to the drop zone – and TommyInnit and best friend Tubbo were no different!
If you’re one of the nearly 6 million people who has watched I Pushed Tubbo Out of a Plane since it went live 24 hours ago, you’ll know that the YouTube and Twitch sensations came to Skydive Langar to make a tandem skydive with us. Here, we want to share some of the behind the scenes insights from the day so you can find out how scared Tubbo really was, whether Tommy really did push him out and what it was like for all of us to welcome the famous Minecrafters to the sky…
Welcoming TommyInnit and Tubbo: The Brief
The first step to TommyInnit and Tubbo’s jump out of a plane was for the two to receive a comprehensive brief from one of our highly experienced skydiving instructors.
The purpose of this brief – which typically takes about 20 minutes – is to show tandem skydivers the equipment we use and the body position we need them to adopt for the exit from the aircraft, the freefall, the parachute ride and the landing.
TommyInnit and Tubbo were super engaged with the brief and interested in the parachutes we wear and how they work.
Vlogging on the drop zone
With the brief completed, TommyInnit and Tubbo were free to enjoy the sunshine while watching other skydivers landing their parachutes in our huge grassy landing area. We have two Grand Caravan aircrafts which hold up to 16 people each so there could be as many as 16 people flying their parachutes in the sky at any time which is an awesome sight to see.
Together with their team, the YouTubers captured loads of shots around the drop zone, which you see in the completed video above. It was fun for us to see the guys filming one another in our spectator area and we were pleased to introduce them to our aircraft and escort them around the hangar so they could see more of our own ‘behind the scenes’ too.
Meeting the tandem instructors and videographers
The next step to getting TommyInnit and Tubbo in the sky was to introduce them to their tandem skydiving instructors, to whom they were going to be attached for their tandem skydive, and their own videographers who would film the ride to altitude, the freefall and the landing.
TommyInnit met Josh, his tandem instructor (Skydiving Enjoyer), and was filmed by Chris. Tubbo was with tandem instructor Ben and was filmed by Gary.
We had a lot of fun meeting the guys and everyone commented on how personable and outgoing they were. Definitely not nervous in front of a camera!
The ride to altitude
We all boarded the Grand Caravan aircraft – which has the call sign Papa Sierra if you’re interested! – and TommyInnit and Tubbo were joined by a few experienced skydivers who were going up to team train and have some fun in the sky too.
We took our seats on the two benches that run down the length of the plane and were able to look out of the window the whole way up, with the tandem instructors pointing out important altitudes and landmarks along the way. We captured footage on the way up, which you see in the finished video, and it was clear that the guys, especially Tubbo, were getting pretty excited! The higher we got, the more that excitement showed – with maybe a little bit of nervousness, too…
It takes about 15 minutes to ride from the ground up to our exit altitude of 14,000 feet above the Vale of Belvoir.
Pushing Tubbo out of a plane…
TommyInnit’s video, I pushed Tubbo out of a plane, might suggest that Tubbo was literally pushed… but in reality, the exit process is super chilled and Tubbo and TommyInnit were both securely attached to their tandem instructors who shuffled them to the open door where their videographers were waiting, hanging outside of the aircraft to capture their faces as they left the plane.
They were both really relaxed throughout the exit. It’s not uncommon for nerves to come into play at this point, especially as the door first opens and the instructor moves toward it, but the guys were more excited than anything else, as you see in the video!
It takes about 10 seconds to fall the first 1,000 feet out of the plane and, once the skydivers reach their terminal velocity (the fastest speed at which they fall), it’s about 5 seconds per thousand feet. Which means TommyInnit and Tubbo had around a minute of freefalling at 120mph through the sky – all while being filmed by our videographers with cameras attached to their helmets.
The whole feeling they will have experienced is one of adrenaline pumping and senses on highest alert. Incredible views, the sound of the wind, the thrill of being completely free… it’s all unique to our sport and amazing to see people experience it for the first time.
After a minute or so in freefall, the parachutes are opened and with them comes a reduction in speed, everything gets quieter and everyone takes a big, deep, relaxing breath. We use parachutes which are 340 square feet in size and which take about 7 minutes to fly back down to the ground. While flying, the guys will have been able to look out over the gorgeous landscape we enjoy here and also to chat with their instructors while they made their way back to the ground.
Back down on the ground, TommyInnit and Tubbo were reunited and we were able to capture their reactions as you see on the video. They loved their time with us and we loved having them!
Fancy giving skydiving a go?
We hope you enjoyed watching the I pushed Tubbo out of a plane video. Fancy giving it a go yourself?
You can have the same experience as TommyInnit and Tubbo by choosing to make a tandem skydive with us. Attached to an instructor, you’ll get a taste of skydiving, ideal for first timers or people just wanting to give it a try.
Think you might want to do more? Choose our AFF (Accelerated Freefall) option to learn to skydive on your own from jump one.