THE skydivers leap from a plane at 13,000ft equipped with wing suits and fly just inches apart as they reach speeds of up to 120mph. With smoke canisters strapped to their ankles, they perform a choreographed acrobatic routine to simulate the real Red Arrows. They wear just a helmet and specially-designed body suit, which feature flaps of material between the legs and under the arms to act as wings. Once they are within 3,000ft of the ground they open one of two parachutes on their 1,000 pounds suits to land safely. Mark Harris, who films the jumps, says it is one of the most "liberating" and "peaceful" experiences possible. Harris, 35, from Kettering, Northants, said: "For years sky divers have been trying various formations during jumps so this provided a framework for the jumps. "But we have studied Red Arrow formations and how they move through the air, which gave us a lot of inspiration. "It's actually not as dangerous as you might think because, although you're flying through the air at more than 120mph, you're actually only falling at about 40mph. "The suit is as close to the sensation of flying as you can get, and enables you to glide rather than just free fall. "Once you are in formation it is one of the peaceful experiences imaginable and you can't help but have your breath taken away by some of the views." The extreme sport of wingsuit jumping started in 2002 but has grown in popularity and evolved into formation skydiving. The team - called Topgun' - has members from Denmark, Sweden, Britain and Holland and jumps all over Europe in formations including up to 16 divers. Harris, who has taken part in more than 6,000 wingsuit jumps, added: "Wingsuit jumpers are experienced sky divers who want to try something different. - Telegraph, UK "I've never had a major accident yet - there have been a few mid-air collision but we usually just laugh it off and get back in formation. Last year the Topgun team joined up with other jumpers to break the world record for formation wingsuit skydiving in California. The group of 71 people from six different countries smashed the record after 30 jumps. Now they are hoping to get 100 jumpers together to break their own record in November. - Telegraph, UK