Hi, my name is Andy Farrington. My discipline is skydiving and canopy piloting. My friends call me The Kid or just Air. I was born on 15 August 1982 in Taucoma, Washington, USA. My special talent is clay pigeon shooting and aeroplane acrobatics.
Born in 1982, Andy Farrington is the youngest member of the Red Bull Air Force but, in a sense, he has the longest flying history. Andy’s mum, Jessie, made about 100 jumps while he was in utero – riding tandem, so to speak. Maybe that explains why he’s such a natural in the sky.
An expert in multiple disciplines, he has won the Pro Swooping Tour, captured the Red Bull Championship in 2003, and earned first place in accuracy and second place overall at the canopy piloting World Championships.
Andy is as laid back as they come – perhaps his easy nature comes from the knowledge that he’s already beaten one of the worst hands life can deal. Andy was diagnosed with cancer at age two and, after doctors removed a kidney, they forbade his participation in mainstream sports.
“Fortunately, my skydiving family didn’t see any problem with jumping out of a plane!”, Andy laughs. He made his first tandem jump at age 12, went solo at 16, and has since accumulated over 16,000 skydives, over 1,000 BASE jumps, and 3,000 hours as a pilot.
Andy is in demand as an aerial videographer and photographer, but recently he’s been spending time in front of the camera as well. A star of the Human Flight 3D feature film, Andy was also chosen as one of five stunt fliers chosen for Transformers 3, featuring the first-ever BASE jump from Chicago’s Willis (formerly Sears) Tower.
In addition, Andy was part of Red Bull team recruited to play civilians in the high-octane 'barrel of monkeys' aerial action sequence in Iron Man 3. Just another day in the office for this skydiving, BASE jumping ace.
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