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Jay Stokes Cheryl Stearns

W. L. "Jay" Stokes has been a leader in both the civilian and military free-fall communities. From 2007 through 2018 he has served a member of the U.S. Parachute Association board of directors and been elected as both president and chairman of the board.  Having set several Guinness World Records for the most jumps in a 24-hour period, he raised the bar high with 640 jumps in 2006.  He also was a member of the team that set the world record in 2016 for the largest night skydive formation.  As an ambassador for the sport, Jay has trained both civilian and military teams around the world.

In 1972, at the age of 17, Cheryl Stearns, D-4020, made her first jump in Coolidge, Arizona. In 1975, she moved to Raeford, North Carolina, where Gene Paul Thacker trained her to compete at the highest level. Stearns is now one of the most successful competitive skydivers in the world with countless national titles and multiple world titles in the classic events of style & accuracy. She has made more than 18,000 skydives. Stearns is an airline captain for U.S. Airways and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Information taken from the International Skydiving Museum Hall of Fame