A US Air Force Combat Controller named Ron Walker says his iPhone 4 fell from accidentally fell 1000 feet from an aircraft (that's the same distance from the roof of a 100-story building) and survived.
Airman Walker's duties as a jump master require him to ensure that his aircraft is the the proper location before sending parachute jumpers into the air. One week ago (on March 16), he stuck his body out of the open door to look for landmarks as the plane sped through the air at 130 knots (about 150 m.p.h.). As he did, the Velcro seal on his pocket flew open, and out popped his iPhone. Airman Walker could do nothing but watch it fall away from the plane; he assumed it was lost forever, not to mention destroyed by the fall. Later, he told his tale of loss to his colleagues on the ground, one of whom installed the Find My iPhone app on his iPhone. Within minutes the app found the wayward phone, and Airman Walker and his buddy hopped on ATVs and tracked it down in a wooded area about 2 miles away. Not only was the iPhone undamaged, Airman Walker reports, it was in perfect working order -- "not a scratch on it, not even dirty."Granted, the phone was encased in a standard Griffin case, which should be great publicity for that company.