Jul 20 2012
Peregrine falcons are famous for their sky diving speed. How to measure it? Dive with them.
In this video a British falconer taught his female peregrine, Lady, to stoop at a yellow lure from a hot air balloon. Then he took her up with two skydivers who strapped together and jumped, holding the lure.
Lady followed in a stoop and caught up to them within seconds. To do so she had to accelerate to over 180 mph. Perhaps she thought they were going a little slowly. The divers saw her play in the air nearby as they fell.
In the end Lady got her prize and proved that peregrines dive faster than humans.
Of course they do. Peregrines are the original sky divers.