Monday, November 23, 2009
The Kuala Lumpur Tower or Menara Kuala Lumpur was built in 1983. It features an antenna that reaches 421 m, which makes it the 5th tallest freestanding tower in the world.
The tower has a public observation platform and also houses a revolving restaurant. An annual race is organised where participants race up the stairs to the top.
Skydiving activities are organised from the tower. Below are some photos taken from my office during a recent function.
One of my colleagues taking a shot with her mobile phone.
Parachuting, also known as skydiving, is the activity of jumping from enough height to deploy a fabric parachute and land.
The history of diving starts with Andre-Jacques Garnerin who made successful parachute jumps from a hot-air balloon in 1797. The military developed parachuting technology as a way to save aircrews from emergencies aboard balloons and aircraft in flight, later as a way of delivering soldiers to the battlefield. Early competitions date back to the 1930s, and it became an international sport in 1951.
Parachuting is performed as a recreational activity and a competitive sport, as well as for the deployment of military personnel Airborne forces and occasionally forest firefighters.