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Did You Know...

... that only four U.S. teams have defeated Arizona Airspeed in 4-way since 1994?

NSL Live Talk on February 17th
posted Feb 20th, 2021 - The most recent NSL Live Talk, which had the 4-way Women event as the main topic on February 17th, featured once again Joey Jones as the anchor of the show. Joey Jones has provided plenty of commentary and insights over the years for the NSL News and with interviews at events.

His biggest accomplishment as a 4-way competitor was the world championship title that he won with DeLand Majik (Gary Smith, Solly Williams, Doug Park) at the FAI World Meet 2004 in Rijeka. The NSL News has mentioned the DeLand Majik story many times in the past.

However, Joey Jones was an accomplished competitor before he joined DeLand Majik and became a 4-way world champion, even though the world championship title and his coaching career have been the most frequently covered topics.

In fact, his NSL Profile story covered mostly the time before he joined DeLand Majik in 2002 when it was published. The recent NSL Live Talk with Eliana Rodriguez, Lena and Joey Jones was bringing back memories of the FAI World Cup 1998 in Portugal, which was also the beginning of the road to the official 4-way Women event and Joey Jones' biggest accomplishment before he would win the world meet in 2004.


USPA Nationals 2003
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open 8,A,Q,F 15,3,G 4,N,22 J,7,B,H O,13,17 16,K,1 21,D,L,14 6,5,2 12,P,11 10,19,18 Total Avg
1 DeLand Majik 26    19    17    32    23    20    21    19    19    17    213 21.3
2 Golden Knights Gold 26    18    19 -2 32    23    21    19    17 -2 19    17    211 21.1
3 Airspeed Vertical 27    18    17 -2 34    18 -5 19    21    19    18    19    210 21.0
4 Airspeed Dragon 19 -2 15    17    30    20    14 -2 18    17    15    14    179 17.9
5 Golden Knights Black 20    15    16    27    15 -2 17    17    16    16    14    173 17.3
6 Perris School Boys 21    15    14    25    18    13 -2 16    14    12    12    160 16.0
7 DeLand Synchronicity 18    15    14    23    15 -2 14    15    15    14    12    155 15.5
8 The Ranch Team 17    14    13 -1 22    15    16    12    14    13    12    148 14.8
9 Teiwaz 17    13    13    17 -2 15    14    15    13    11    11    139 13.9
10 DeLand Chikara 16    12    11    19    14    12    13    13    13    9 -2 132 13.2
11 Optik Kurves 16    11    11    22    12    12    14    10    11    9    128 12.8
12 Elsinore Illusion 16    6 -4 12    22    14    9 -2 14    13    12    9 -2 127 12.7
13 4 Something 14    9    9    16    7 -2 9    11    8 -3 9    9    101 10.1
14 Wingspan 11    10    7 -2 14    9 -2 10    9    7 -2 7 -2 8    92 9.2
15 Guy Chuck JP Billy Mike 7 -4 7    8    9 -2 8 -1 4 -2 0    7 -1 3 -1 6 -1 59 5.9

Space Center FX lineup in 1999
Joey Jones' NSL Profile story actually ends when the DeLand Majik story begins, as does his former team mate's, Dawn English. Both joined forces in 1995 (Arizona Air FX) before the 1998 lineup (Doug Park, Christopher Irwin) began with training and competition in 1998 at the Skydive Space Center in Titusville.

Dawn English came back for another FX year in 2000, after winning the FAI World Cup in 1998 and then taking a break. Doug Park eventually joined DeLand Majik together with Joey Jones, after a few more years with different FX lineups.

Space Center FX was one of several other U.S. world class 4-way teams who did not manage to leave Arizona Airspeed behind while creating future world champions at the same time. Only the Golden Knights (2002), DeLand Majik (2003), DeLand Fire (2005) and SDC Rhythm XP (2019) defeated the different Airspeed lineups after Skydive Arizona's 4-way project was launched in 1994.

The Golden Knights did not turn their USPA gold medals of 2002 into world meet gold a year later in Gap, France, which DeLand Majik and DeLand Fire did in 2004 and 2006. SDC Rhythm XP have the 4-way giants from Belgium as a major obstacle on their way to the next set of FAI world meet gold medals for a U.S. team.


USPA Nationals 2005
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open 2,A,19 F,20,D,9 C,21,N,11 15,M,8 4,6,P 5,1,H 22,7,12 3,K,16 E,17,14 13,18,J O,G,B,L,Q Total Avg
1 DeLand Fire 22 27 22 20 18 21 17 21 22 20 36 210 21.0
2 Golden Knights 21 27 21 20 22 22 17 19 23 18 34 210 21.0
3 Airspeed Odyssey 21 26 20 19 20 20 17 20 22 18 - 203 20.3
4 DeLand Majik 20 25 19 19 17 20 16 20 18 18 - 192 19.2
5 Fastrax 20 26 20 19 18 18 15 19 19 17 - 191 19.1
6 Airspeed Velocity 21 23 21 16 17 17 15 18 22 18 - 188 18.8
7 Phugoid 18 20 12 15 16 16 12 16 17 15 - 157 15.7
8 Perris Fury 17 19 17 15 13 14 14 15 17 15 - 156 15.6
9 Perris Synchronicity 16 19 17 15 15 15 12 15 17 13 - 154 15.4
10 Spaceland Thunder 15 19 15 16 15 15 13 15 16 13 - 152 15.2
11 Fastrax Select 16 17 15 15 15 15 11 14 14 13 - 145 14.5
12 Spark 14 18 13 15 14 16 13 13 14 14 - 144 14.4
12 GKOG 16 18 13 16 16 10 12 15 16 12 - 144 14.4
14 Arizona Directe 14 17 15 14 15 13 11 16 14 13 - 142 14.2
15 Aerodyne Mamba 14 14 12 13 11 13 12 11 13 12 - 125 12.5
16 Dallas Mojo 12 15 13 10 13 13 11 13 14 10 - 124 12.4
17 Element Perris 14 14 13 11 12 12 10 13 12 10 - 121 12.1
18 Kachina 10 14 10 11 11 12 9 10 13 10 - 110 11.0

DeLand Fire and Golden Knights in Round 10 at the USPA Nationals 2005
Space Center FX lineup in 2000
Two east coast (Kirk Verner, Jack Jefferies) and two west coast competitors (Mark Kirkby, Dan BC) trained and competed with other U.S. teams before they joined forces for the original Arizona Airspeed lineup and won FAI world meet gold in 1995 and 1997.

Neal Houston, Airspeed 4-way world champion of 2001, came out of the Space Center FX school of 1999. Arizona Blade was Natasha Montgomery's training ground before she formed DeLand Fire and won a 4-way gold medal in 2006.

Her world-champion team mates Shannon Pilcher and Ian Bobo launched their 4-way careers and challenged the U.S. top teams with DeLand Genesis/DeLand PD Blue. All following Airspeed lineups and USPA champions since 2007 recruited their team members from other U.S. top teams and produced more 4-way world champions in 2008 (Eliana Rodriguez, Mark Kirkby, Craig Girard, Andy Delk) and 2012 (Mark Kirkby, Thomas Hughes, Niklas Hemlin, Josh Hall).

SDC Rhythm XP, with former Carolina Turbo members Andrew Happick and Doug Barron, still have to compete for their world championship title at the FAI Tanay Mondial, while the new and current Airspeed members are aiming at the next world meet - with former R2G members Chris Kuhlmann and Joey Marshall in the lineup.

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