By: Jacob Whitfield and Savannah Turner • In January 1942, Ivan Mikhailovich Chisov was a lieutenant for the former Soviet Union in World War II. • Attacked by German Messerschmitts. • Forced to bail out. • Did not open parachute. • Free-fell 20,000 feet and lived to tell the tale. • Though many may think that Ivan free-fell 20,000, hit the ground and lived, this is not entirely accurate. • Factors to consider: •3 feet of snow •Unconscious •Tumbled down an incline • "The First Step Is The Longest." Amusing Facts. IPromote Media Inc., 2009. Web. 04 Oct. 2011. <http://www.amusingfacts.com/facts/Detail/fall-noparachute.html>. • Meyer. "Chuteless Jumps." Featured Exhibits - Parachute and Skydive History. Web. 04 Oct. 2011. <http://www.parachutehistory.com/other/bonusday.html>.