The old record was 357 skydivers. The attempt was a part of Thailand's Royal Sky Celebration that notes the 60th anniversary of the reign of Thailand's King, Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Earlier this month, 400 skydivers from 31 countries set a world record for the largest connected formation skydive. It occured on Feb 8 in the skies over Udon Thani, Thailand. the top picture shows how the formation was supposed to look. The bottom shows how it actually did look. Pretty good, if you ask me. (I wonder if those seven or eight guys around the perimeter who aren't quite hooked up ever got linked in to the formation. Or maybe they were photographers? - bill)
It took three tries. On the third attempt the team came together and completed the predetermined formation which was larger than the size of a football field and were stayed together for just over 4 seconds.