How could Johnny Utah and Bodhi survive the skydiving jump in Point Break?

Katherine DAVIES


The 1991 American crime thriller Point Break is famous for its action-packed adrenaline-filled scenes. It gives the famous scene where a mid-air fight between the two main characters causes the parachute to be pulled only 8 seconds before hitting the ground. This paper investigates how large the cross-sectional area of the parachute would have had to have been to slow them down to safe speed of 6 ms-1 in 8 seconds before hitting the ground. It results that the cross-sectional area of parachute would have to have been 59.62 m2 to ensure their safety.


Film; Physics; Mechanics; Terminal velocity; Drag; Johnny Utah; Bodhi; Point Break

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