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Brit wingsuit daredevil one-ups Yank, takes record

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by will33, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. will33


    May 22, 2006
  2. Kiwi dude was supposedly #2 world ranked winged nutter. When I saw him on tv a few months ago I said to myself "dead man talking", he was killed in an "accident" last week. They talk up the preparation that goes into each stunt but mother nature will only be cheated so many times.
  3. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Apparently this guy had chute to pull to abort, but 100 ft. from landing was the point of no return, meaning the chute won't help after that point.

    He is credited with being the first to jump out of a plane, intentionally land with no parachute, and walk away. Is said to have hit the landing at 70mph (110kph). Some 50 others have died attempting this.
  4. I was just watching wing suit videos on Friday. It's something I would want to do, but the requirements are out of this world, basically jumping has to be your full time job.. no idea how these guys got there.

    still amazing.

    I'm more of a fan of proximity flying than what this guy was doing.
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  6. will33


    May 22, 2006
    I've done a tandem jump once. Where you're just along for the ride, strapped on to someone who knows what they're doing. Incredible experience. Can't imagine the craziness these wingsuiters feel.
  7. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Gold Supporting Member

    What is proximity flying? Just curious.
  8. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Wingsuit flying dangerously close to things like canyon walls, mountain faces, or following the slope of the ground down a mountain side.

    Basically higher risk of death = bigger rush.
  9. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Gold Supporting Member

    Got it. Thanks.
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfDwCvCj4XY

    That sorta thing.

    Re - OP.

    I like that the guy basically couldn't get funding and thought ****-it, going to stack boxes.
  11. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Gold Supporting Member

  12. will33


    May 22, 2006
    The guy is a stuntman for film, worked on one of the Bond movies. He said one of the best things to break falls from buildings, etc. was empty cardboard boxes.

    When he couldn't get funding, he spent 22,000 pounds of his own money on 18,000 boxes....and it worked.

    Some american wanted to be the first to perform this stunt. His idea was to land on some big ramp mounted to the side of a Vegas casino, but apprently nobody wanted to fund him do to the risk of the stunt ending in a gory death.
  13. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Gold Supporting Member

    Do you mean there is a government agency(s) that actually regulates proximity flying or is this a training school requirement? I don't think it would pass the FAA safety requirements here in the USA as they try to weed out the crazies. Just sayin.
  14. Maybe not government, but a wing suit sporting body one would imagine.

    I'm fairly sure you'd have to be an extra special set of nuts to try it without training !
  15. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Probably has something to do with insurance or lawsuit liability for the training school or something.

    Just to do a tandem jump, we were given presentations, watched videos, and had to sign a whole stack of legal forms basically saying we understood we could die doing this and gave up all liability so our families couldn't sue the skydiving company for wrongful death or whatever.
  16. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001

    I don't know, back in the day when I was a young and bullet proof skydiver, guys would make 5-10 jumps a day. You get two planes doing the lifting and a jump and hour is very doable. Used to be ten bucks a ride probably 20 bucks now. It's a round of golf at a nice club.
  17. what I was looking at friday had said it was federally mandated, but I could not confirm this.
  18. will33


    May 22, 2006
    The divers where we went probably did 5 or 6 jumps a day with one plane making laps to 10,000 feet and back. 140 in a year isn't unrealistic for them at all..
  19. http://skydivepa.com/prices/

    still, at 20 bucks, that's 3 grand in one year spent on jumping.

    yeah that's true, hadn't thought of instructors/coaches and the like. It would be pretty easy for them to amass those kind of numbers, but for an outsider trying to break in so to speak seems to me that you'd be spending some serious coin to get there.
  20. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    o my goodnesss go to 4:30

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