A FLINTSHIRE woman has taken to the skies to help smash a British record.
Caroline Vaughan from Hawarden was part of the Brit Chicks skydiving team that set the British record for the largest all-female formation ever built over the UK.
Caroline, 35, was one of 70 brave women of all ages, backgrounds and experience that took part in the jump over Nottingham.
The previous record set was 68 by the Brit Chicks team in 2007.
She said: “It was an incredible experience and the most beautiful formation I've ever been part of. It was amazing to be with such talented fliers. I didn’t expect to be involved or selected.
“I’d never done anything like this before. It was pretty phenomenal.”
Caroline, who works at LDF Professions in Ewloe, was selected for the jump at a training camp at the British Parachute School Langar, Nottingham, earlier this year.
She acquired a qualification in formation sky-diving in September 2011, having secured a solo sky-diving qualification in 2005.
Caroline is also currently a member of the four-way skydiving team, TR4CK, who are the British Intermediate champions.
“It was quite an achievement to jump with such a high number of people in such a short space of time,” she added.
On the day, 70 sky divers ranging in experience and ability, from world champions with 5,000 jumps to novices with 200, jumped from five different aircraft, falling from 14,000 feet – over two miles high.
As they fell, the sky divers formed a red and black butterfly shape, linking together.
The red and black colour came from their mixed jump suits.
The butterfly is the emblem of the Brit Chicks skydiving team, symbolising their love of flying.
Sky dive organiser Lesley Gale said: “Normally for a large formation we choose something relatively easy but the butterfly presented a real challenge. It’s a technically difficult shape to fly.
“There is a world record attempt scheduled for next year that we’re hopeful to get some Brit Chicks participation in.”