Article published in Blue Skies Magazine Issues #55 June/July 2014.
See video of Joe’s progress on the Blue Skies Magazine website.
“On a vehicle patrol in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, on December 27th, 2007, SPC Jesse Murphree was ambushed in an IED attack.
Jesse was part of the 173rd Airborne Combat Brigade stationed out of Vicenza, Italy. The IED attack resulted in the total destruction of the military vehicle he was traveling in. Jesse suffered severe injuries to his legs and other parts of his body. After many surgeries and procedures, both of legs had to be amputated above the knee. Jesse’s recovery has come a long way and every day is a step further.
Jesse’s friends and supporters have come together allow Jesse to experience the freedom of the sky. Due to Jesse’s injuries, he will require special training and equipment. AXIS Flight School and Operation Enduring Warrior have offered to help with some of the costs for Jesse. Due to Jesse’s injuries ,he needs special training and equipment only available via AXIS Flight School, located at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Arizona.
Jesse’s support team is seeking sponsorship and/or donations to allowing Jesse to travel from Florida to Arizona, become a licensed skydiver, as well as contributing to the culminating celebratory event July 12th and 13th at Skydive Tuskegee, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Any funds raised in excess will be donated to Operation Enduring Warrior, for the next American Hero to benefit from.
– Original Post by Blue Skies Magazine
“This photo is a bit cryptic, but when you are flying a tiny little high performance canopy right along a really-damn-big wingsuit, in the dark, a few thousand feet above a bunch of thorny, prickly things, your attention might not be completely on the camera work. Nik Daniel (canopy pilot) and Alex Swindle (wingsuiter) completed the first night-dock XRW (to the best of our knowledge) on the night of January 11th, in the dark skies above Skydive Arizona in Eloy, AZ” – Blue Skies Magazine
On February 8th, 2014 we tried it again with better cameras and more lights. Here are some of the images we were able to capture this time around:
I would like to thank Blue Skies Magazine for utilizing one of my XRW photographs for the December 2013 cover spot. It depicts local Eloy wing-suiter Alex Swindle and myself completing a surf dock over Skydive Arizona. The photo was taken with a GoPro Hero 3 mounted to an extension pole set on time lapse mode (One photo per second).
“A group of 63 women fell to Earth and set a new world record Saturday. The skydivers from around the world descended to Eloy, Ariz., from 18,000 feet in the air, setting a new world record for the most amount of women flying headfirst in a formation…” -Daily News
Here are some of my selects (Prints are available for purchase by contacting me at Info@NiklasDaniel.com)
World Record in the Media and other Publications:
And here is a great video edit by Emma Merritt