Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Extreme Sport, Wingsuit Flying

Every now and then we come across a YouTube sequence that absolutely blows our socks off, where the reason for uploading it is simply that it would be a travesty not to. In cases like this its unnecessary support it with any sort of written blurb, just make sure you watch it with the sound up as the footage and commentary, tells you all you need to know.

If on the off chance you have never heard of wingsuit flying, this is how that endless source useful information Wikipedia describes it:

Wingsuit flying is the art of flying the human body through the air using a special jumpsuit, called a wingsuit, that shapes the human body into an airfoil which can create lift. The wingsuit creates the airfoil shape with fabric sewn between the legs and under the arms. It is usually incorrectly referenced by the public as a birdman suit or squirrel suit.

A wingsuit can be flown from any point that provides sufficient altitude to glide through the air, such as skydiving aircraft or BASE jumping exit points.

The wingsuit flier wears parachute equipment designed for skydiving or BASE jumping. The flier will deploy the parachute at a planned altitude and unzip the arm wings, if necessary, so they can reach up to the control toggles and fly to a normal parachute landing.

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