See How These Navy SEALs Take Extreme Parachuting To A Whole New Level

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Photo: flickr/IU.S. Navy photo by James Woods

Imagine dropping out of the sky, free-falling and accelerating up to 180 miles per hour. As the Earth zooms closer, you release a parachute while beautifully-coloured smoke grenades trail behind you.It’s awesome: a mesmerizing air show suddenly fills the sky.

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That’s what the Leap Frogs do. And as the U.S. Navy parachute team, they are incredible.

Based in San Diego, the team is made up of fifteen elite men — either Navy SEALs or certain Special Warfare commandos (SWCC). The Navy says each member joins the team for a three-year tour and then returns to his operational unit, so the team’s talent is continually refreshed.

Their mission is to demonstrate Navy excellence throughout the U.S. and they do that by performing aerial parachute demonstrations across the country. Attracting a ton of attention, their shows are characterised by intricate and thrilling formations. But they make it look so effortless.

So what actually happens?

See for yourself and check out America’s naval parachute team in action — with them — thousands of feet in the air.

At 12,500 feet in the air, Navy SEALs hold onto the ramp of a C-130 cargo aircraft...

They jump, like leaping frogs — they can reach up to 120 mph in a free-fall, or up to 180 mph by pulling in their limbs like human bullets

After deploying their chutes at 5000 ft, they build dramatic formations with their blue-and-gold canopies

From 2-man stunts...

Or multiple stacks of expertly dispersed chutes — here the team flies the Prisoner Of War/Missing In Action flag

Here's one member spiraling beautifully through the sky at an air show

Carrying a huge American flag is a signature move

Just like this majestic demonstration

They practice everything in detail — here's a training jump at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado

It's spine-tingling how close they get without getting their lines crossed

Check out the gorgeous effect of smoke grenades trailing behind them during a training session in San Diego

This team member is actually aiming for a target as he spirals to the ground at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia

This is Los Angeles' Dodger stadium and that Leap Frog is about to make a spectacular entrance

After every jump they repack their gear and prepare for whatever's next

BONUS — a private show: The team perform a mid-air reenlistment ceremony. The Navy SEAL at the bottom left is administering the oath of enlistment to a daring female comrade

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