James Boole: the extreme sports lover who survived a 6,000 ft fall without a parachute
Joe Herman: the Australian pilot who survived a free fall by grabbing a fellow flyer's leg
Nicholas Alkemade: the World War II tail gunner who survived a fall of 18,000 feet (5500) after his plane was shut down
He was subsequently captured and interviewed by the Gestapo. The orderly Germans were so impressed that Alkemade had bailed out without a parachute and lived, that they gave him a certificate testifying to the fact.
Bahia Bakari: the 14-year-old sole survivor of Yemenia Airways
Dave Hodgman: the skydiver who got tangled up with another jumper at 2,500 feet
Vesna Vulović: the JAT stewardess who survived a 33,000 feet fall
She holds the world record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, for surviving the highest fall without a parachute: 10,160 meters (33,333 feet).
NOTE: It was never proved that the plane was torn apart by a bomb. In January 2009 German ARD radio Prague office research and Czech journalist Pavel Theiner proposed a conspiracy theory that the plane was shot by accident by the Czechoslovak air force.
Juliane Koepcke: the teenager who survived a 2 miles (3 km) high plane crash and the Amazon rainforest
On the tenth day, she rested on the bank of the Shebonya River. When she stood up again, she saw a canoe tethered to the shoreline. It took her hours to climb the embankment to a hut, where, the next day, a group of lumberjacks found her. The incident was seen as a miracle in Peru, and free-fall statistics seem to support those arguing for divine intervention.