#1 By: Cory Doctorow, December 19th, 2013 22:00
#2 By: welcomeabored, December 19th, 2013 22:12
Not just close to the ground, but spread-eagled.
#3 By: snig, December 19th, 2013 22:15
If nothing else, this seems like pretty definitive proof that Reed Richards and Plasticman could glide/fly without too much difficulty.
#4 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, December 19th, 2013 22:58
Meh, just like Beggar's Canyon back home.
#5 By: Jardine, December 19th, 2013 23:01
How are his gigantic balls not dragging on the ground?
#6 By: Scooter, December 19th, 2013 23:04
Is this the Closest a Wingsuit Pilot Has Ever Flown to the Ground?
I'm gonna say striking the ground, and surviving, is closer...
see "Jeb Corliss - Grounded"
#7 By: Susan Carley Oliver, December 19th, 2013 23:19
How did he land?? I'm assuming he had to fly over a cliff at some point in order to gain some distance for parachute deploy.
#8 By: teapot, December 19th, 2013 23:23
#9 By: LDoBe, December 19th, 2013 23:28
Can anyone here tell me: do wing suits use the wing in ground effect? Or are they more like a steerable drogue?
#10 By: logruszed, December 20th, 2013 00:49
Or just drag-chute. His vector relative to the ground is parallel, pretty much, so a drag-chute could do the trick. Test it on someone else, though.
#11 By: logruszed, December 20th, 2013 00:50
I am wondering if ground effect helps stabilize here or if it's not even a factor.
#12 By: Tim, December 20th, 2013 01:12
#13 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, December 20th, 2013 01:13
The force is strong with you, good sir.
#14 By: dje, December 20th, 2013 01:51
If you're impressed by this, wait until they release the other video.
Where you can see the guy doing the same, going uphill.
#15 By: Michael Smith, December 20th, 2013 05:32
Its a small parasail with an LD (lift/drag ratio) of 2.5. Its not normal to use ground effect. Short lived show-offs do that.
#16 By: Wolfram Gothe, December 20th, 2013 06:44
Frankly, I’d wish you’d rather refrain from posting these clips. Three months ago a club mate died from such a stunt. The publicity generated by your posting acts like a multiplier for those thrill seekers.
Actually they try to earn a living with that and they have to create crazier and crazier stuff to qualify for a contract with RedBull and such.
Please stop it.
The fun is over the moment you attend the first funeral. The coffin is closed and your imagination runs wild, what you’d find in there if you’d open it.
#17 By: welcomeabored, December 20th, 2013 07:04
He deploys his balls onto the snow, where due to their incredible weight, he creates enough drag to slow his momentum for a soft face-first landing into the snow. Then, he naturally makes a snow angel, without actually having to move his limbs.
#18 By: He who must not be named, December 20th, 2013 08:13
Dude has a GoPro attached on a pole to his head. Where's that video?
#19 By: Old, December 20th, 2013 08:49
What is the purpose of the trench? Collecting snowmelt for agriculture? Routing runoff away from settlement? Recreational opportunity for Redbull drinkers?
#20 By: waetherman, December 20th, 2013 09:00
Next step; wing-suit races down constructed canyon courses. That'd be fun to watch (and more fun to participate in).
@wogo: sorry for your loss, but I don't think you can blame redbull or publicity for your friend's death. Thrill seekers are always going to test the limits, and some of them are going to exceed the limits. That's just the nature of sport. And like it or not, we need people testing limits to inspire us to achieve more. People die or are seriously injured in just about every sport, and I for one wouldn't want to live in a society that didn't have that element of risk because it would mean that we weren't challenging ourselves.
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