Gus Wing

Lydia Wing c/o Skydive Deland
1600 Flightline Dr. Deland, FL 32724

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I only knew him for a day back in 1997 when he shot my tandem dive in DeLand but his memory is unforgettable.  Besides the lasting memory of jumping out of a plane is how Gus made my friend and I laugh throughout the experience.  We were made to feel so welcome in this unfamiliar land, I being from New Zealand and my friend being from Germany. I have nothing but the fondest memories of that special day.  He touched the lives of so many and died doing what he most surely loved. My sincerest condolences to his family and colleagues.


best wishes,

regards sanne

He lived to express himself and in so doing, Enriched the world.
We will all miss you.Go in peace.
My condolences to Lydia and family.


When I took my first tandem, Gus captured the moment.  He also felt my immediate passion for the sport and encouraged me to pursue enrolling in the AFF course. He filmed some of my lessons and many jumps after. The one thing I will never forget was Gus' relentless questioning about my thoughts as they pertained to safety.   Skydiving is a sport where error was never a desirable outcome and he helped me foster a conscientious thought pattern that allowed me to jump safely. 

I remember like yesterday, sitting in the camera room as he showed me one-on-one a very near death experience he had filming friends jump Angle Falls in Venezuela. Gus was sitting on the edge of the helicopter, fully engrossed in what he was filming. As the last jumper began his decent, Gus left the helicopter and only then realized his spot was too close to the falls. The video he took of the water falling next to him and the canopy opening in the water was horrifying to a new enthusiast.   To Gus, this was an incredible way of sharing his mistake in an educational manner.  He wanted me to know that you are always responsible for everything that is happening…your equipment, your spot, your life.

Gus, thank you for your care, your teachings, your wisdom, your love of the sport and your smile.  I look forward to seeing you again in the next chapter.

Robert Travis
Calgary, Alberta

I never got to meet Gus but what a great loss to all who did and to all of our Skydiving friends and family. I hope Gus meets up with my best friend "J.D." Jim Dias, who he probably jumped with on several occasions. It always seems like the good ones go first!

My thoughts are with his family and the pilot of the plane. May god watch over them and may time heal their loss.

Mike Irvin
NSCR 301
SCR 3100
Waynesville, Ohio

as we say in england "Top Geeza" gus was awesome helped me out just last weekend with my camera which gus told me "had dirty heads" he then got me his minidv head cleaner and i was able to film again, i will miss u reading the paper every morning in the perfect spot gus keep a slot open for me on the big way trackin jump we will all fly together again one day,

RIP brother

Dre and all the tumblefuqs.....

I went sky diving for the first time a week before Gus's accident. He filmed my cousin and I. He was a very nice and funny man. Even though I only met him briefly I still feel the loss.  His family and friends are in my prayers.

Ann Marie

In life you sometimes are lucky enough to come accross people who make an impression, Gus made us laugh and his love for life was contagious, I will never be able to think of Florida without thinking of Gus, although we knew you just a little bit, it was a good little bit.

All our love and prayers to you and your loved ones.

Marcelo & Sharon Garcia

Rachel Misuraca Tandem Skydive/Photo by Gus WingI just had my first jump on Saturday April 16, with the privelege of having Gus film for me. He was such a great guy, very friendly and welcoming (as you all must know), and the video he put together was nothing short of incredible. Even with a fear of heights, I wasn't at all Rachel Misuraca Tandem Skydive/Photo by Gus Wingnervous; he made me laugh and we're constantly joking throughout the whole dvd. I will definately continue to jump at DeLand, unfortunately I had hopes of returning and seeing him there. I'll always remember him and the amazing experience he captured for skies.

Rachel Misuraca

Gus Wing photo by Adam Gleeson-Prata

Gus Wing by Adam Gleeson-Prata
sent in by David M. Kilpatrick

Gus will be missed!! I surprised my husband Byron on his 30th birthday with a dive and Gus the special person he was eased our worries. Thanks to all his video and photo's we have that special memory forever. Thank you Gus for all you have done for the opportunity to have meet you. You have touched us all!! Your family are in our prayers!!

Amy Galkin Capo

Lydia Wing photo by Gus WingThis is just one of the many beautiful images of Lydia (his favorite subject), taken by Gus. Those are Gus' feet at the bottom of the photo. They had this lovely Sunface on all of their rigs. It was like their trademark. Gus has given John and me so many incredible shots over the years. He was not just a freefall photographer, but an artist. His skill in the air was awe inspiring. He was our Champion and we loved him so. I can hear his voice and his laugh echoing in my ears right now. I see him flying on his back in my memory, where he will always live.

Nancy LaRiviere

Thanks you Gus You made me feel very confortable and enjoyable on my first jump at 69 years old with Nat on my back. It was a wonderful experience.

Charlie Pitcher


We only met a few time over the past years, but I know how much you meant to Lydia. She always shines when she would tell Michael and I about you. The two of you we meant for each other.Michael wanted to skydive and said you were the one to go with. I am sorry that we won't get the priviledge to do so.We will miss you and  our love and prayers are with Lydia.

Kelly and Michael Garcia
Orlando, FL

I would like to express my deepest condolences to Gus's family.  I have tandem-jumped twice at DeLand, both times for my birthday.  The second time I had it filmed.  Although I only met Gus once, he immediately made me feel at ease and I will always cherish the video and stills. In particular, on the video, where he took off the camera and wished me a happy birthday while floating under his canopy.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, the pilot and is family and everyone at DeLand who made me feel welcome.

The sky will be less bright without Gus sailing through her wind.

John Cox
Frankfort, Kentucky

I am sorry for your loss. I recently married and left the sport on April 2nd of this year. I was a videographer in the sport as well and I always had the utmost respect for videographers because they always captured the beauty of the sport. I wish you the very best during the hard times. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

The FlyingArab

Hi. This is a small message from Holland. I have read the news about Gus. Its a really sad happening. I could not believe it. I have to say that im feeling really sad. Even when I never saw him in real life. From the messages i read I can say that he was a really good person. I want to say that my prayers go to the family and friends. And someone from Holland is thinking of you.

Sander van Beek

It was the early '80s the first time I met Gus Wing. I was skydiving with my friend Skip Dew at Palatka--Skip was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia while I was living in Thailand.  The chance for us to jump together in Florida was wonderful--especially since Gus took some great shots of our 12-ways.  His photos graced our home in Bangkok for years, but his memory will bless our hearts into eternity.

larry henderson

I am in shock and for once in my life have a total loss for words :-(

I loved Gus. We had a bunch of great times and great skydives together. He was a wonderful giving man and a great artist. He will sorely be missed.

God Bless Gus and everyone he has left behind.

Blue Skies Brother,
Scotty Carbone

Lydia, we are so sorry and can not imagine your loss. Although we never met, Patty and I knew Gus for more than twenty years. All the testimoneals are right on. To our Deland family, please forgive us for not being there this Friday. It seems as though the only reason we're there latley is for a tearful reunion and good byes. Love you Gus, Fly free, see you on the other side. Mike Woods

"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God."

God bless you and all your family.

Bill Buchman, we love you.

Mike & Patty Woods

Dear Lydia,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I miss him dearly.  

Bill Buchman, please take care of yourself and know that we are all here for you. 

Phil Smith

Over a decade ago, Gus and I struck up an immediate friendship when I arrived to make my first jump... a tandem at Deland. When we saw the picture Gus took as I exited the SkyVan, we both just laughed for about 5 minutes... he said nobody's eyes had ever been that big before! It would be the first of many jumps Gus and I would make together.

Well, Gus... I don't think any skydiver's heart has ever been as big as yours!

Thanks for many great memories my friend.


I knew Gus only for a few months.  I can truly say he had an impact on my life.  I did not know what I wanted to do in skydiving. Gus sparked my interest in flying a camera rig.  Gus took a few minutes here and there when he could to tell me about videography. I asked about his Red Duct Taped helmet. He explained he had be jumping it for years. He usually had little to say but, when he did, it was relevant and usually about being safe.  I can say it has been a pleasure and a priveledge to have known him. I will miss his wit, style, and much more...

My life has not been lessened by his death, it has been enriched by his life. 

Blue Skies Gus
John Caballero
Kissimmee, F

very sorry to hear about this. I was planning to work with Gus on arial photography project. Lydia our thoughts are with you, all the way from Sweden.


Damn. I am at a loss for words.

Ron Hill

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