Live Life a Little (gulp): Legends Of The Fall

If you insist on jumping out of planes rather than sitting back and enjoying the flight, these are the very best places to do it…

On 1 March 1912 US Captain Albert Leo Stevens leapt into the sky out of a Benoist pusher plane flying 450m above the ground. On his descent, he ripped a cord and deployed his parachute – the first successful jump of its type. A century on, you can fly to four fantastic destinations and recreate that historic event for yourself.

Legends Of The Fall If you insist on jumping out of planes rather than sitting back
and enjoying the flight, these are the very best places to do it…

Best For Beginners

AIRKIX (MANCHESTER)

If you fancy testing your stomach for skydiving but don’t want do so in the great outdoors, Airkixis ideal. It’s just 10 miles from Manchester Airport, so you can be flying in its 11m-high wind tunnel within half an hour of collecting your bags. A two-flight package costs from £41.99. 0845 3316549, airkix.com

Best For Proximity

ALTITUDES (LA ROCHELLE)

How about stepping off the plane in La Rochelle and heading straight to a dare-devil tandem parachute dive? Based at La Rochelle Airport, Altitudes takes people for speedy parachute dives from 3,500m above the stunning Vendée coast. A tandem dive costs around £220

Best For Views AIR ALBATROS (DUSSELDORF)

As a novel way of seeing the sights, Düsseldorf Tourist Board used to recommend a 20-minute hot-air balloon ride over the city. Since then it’s upped its game. For £165, it will fly you 4,000m high in an aeroplane – then throw you out. Expect slightly less sedate views. +49 211 17 202 854, duesseldorf-tourismus.de

Best For Thrill-Seekers EXTREME ALGARVE (FARO)

Based in Lagos (an hour’s drive from Faro), Extreme Algarve boasts some of the best surroundings for a parachute jump. The magnificent Monchique mountains can be the backdrop to your tandem skydive, which costs £167 per person. +351 918 674 079, extremealgarve.com