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(Superman)   Man to attempt to jump out of airplane, land without parachute. However this turns out, the followup should be great   (dropzone.com) divider line 168
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2004-12-27 01:59:39 PM
Why do dumbasses get attention?
 
2004-12-27 01:59:41 PM
WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! *thud*
 
2004-12-27 02:02:08 PM
I saw a video of this wing suit just this morning. They have to land with a parachute, but it's just a tiny one that slows them down to 'only' 80 mph when they hit the ground. The land feet first with rollerskates on!

How fast will they hit the ground without a chute? Anyone know? I can just picture the shin bones sticking out of the calves on this one.
 
2004-12-27 02:03:18 PM
"If Jeb lands the wing-suit without a parachute and surviveshe is going to be my hero," added Cani.

Indeed.
 
2004-12-27 02:04:29 PM
I jump and I feel like this is possible. With a decent wind and a wingsuit I've gotten very low without a suit opening. I also have friends who have survived a near-complete malfunction or terminal pack job. It sounds like he's putting the right research into it. If he pulls this off he will actually be revolutionizing all sorts of aspects of the sport.
 
2004-12-27 02:05:12 PM
That was "without a chute opening". Jeez.
 
2004-12-27 02:07:30 PM
Great more 'X-treme' idiots I'll have to hose off my roof.
 
2004-12-27 02:10:19 PM
Young prankster to place seatless bicycle at landing point.
 
2004-12-27 02:10:20 PM
This is not an illusion. That is a 21sq ft canopy. I don't think anyone has landed it. Notice the still-closed container. I think the record is still 39 sq ft. I'm obsessed with the support, but also obsessed with living. Nuts if you ask me. And people, don't assume that this is the direction the sport is headed. This is simply stunt stuff.
 
2004-12-27 02:10:40 PM
Our next nominee for a 2005 Darwin award is...
 
2004-12-27 02:11:11 PM
Best line in the article :

"Testing was critical, as no one has ever survived a landing attempt without a parachute."
 
2004-12-27 02:14:19 PM
Submitter: However this turns out, the followup should be great

Indeed.
 
2004-12-27 02:14:19 PM
Looks like he's testing out his new superhero suit...

 
2004-12-27 02:14:57 PM
mutilato:

If he pulls this off he will actually be revolutionizing all sorts of aspects of the sport.

I'm sure you have a lot more experience than me, but I just can't see this becoming mainstream. The archway forum had some discussion on this. Maybe I'm wrong. I'm going to be VERY happy flying a 170 for a while. I'll be happier when I get over the door anxiety.
 
2004-12-27 02:15:39 PM
"Testing was critical, as no one has ever survived a landing attempt without a parachute."

I vaguely remember hearing a story once about a guy who fell out of an airplane and survived. Supposedly, he hit a snow covered mountain slope and slid a long ways down before stopping. Really farked him up, but he lived. Probably an urban legend.
 
2004-12-27 02:16:24 PM
its very important to land with zero injuries

No shiat sherlock
 
2004-12-27 02:18:39 PM
Meh. Peggy Hill has already done it.
 
2004-12-27 02:19:14 PM
What is the point again?
 
2004-12-27 02:20:27 PM
I want to watch just so I can be a joker in the crowd yelling 'GO LIMP! JUST GO LIMP!!'
 
2004-12-27 02:22:02 PM
shiat. Green. There goes my bandwidth. Time to run home and resize.
 
2004-12-27 02:22:10 PM
Here's an interesting resource about free-falling:

http://www.greenharbor.com/fffolder/ffresearch.html

Maybe this guy should take a look at this first.
 
2004-12-27 02:27:23 PM
I think DB Coopers pager just asploded.
 
2004-12-27 02:28:43 PM
I'm sure you have a lot more experience than me, but I just can't see this becoming mainstream.

That's what people said about HALO jumping and wingsuits in the first place. Small-footage covers are being pursued by lots of adherents of the sport and the mainstream jumping community will pick it up once it has been shown to work. These people are inventing new methodologies, not just new technology. If it works it will catch on.
 
2004-12-27 02:31:10 PM
Done in the right place it could easily be pulled off. Ski undergo a vertical drop of a couple hundred feet and do no more than slightly bend their knees if they land right.
 
2004-12-27 02:31:25 PM
I vaguely remember hearing a story once about a guy who fell out of an airplane and survived. Supposedly, he hit a snow covered mountain slope and slid a long ways down before stopping. Really farked him up, but he lived. Probably an urban legend.

Actually, a number of people have survived falls from planes without chutes or whitout fully working gear. Many people have riden wreckage to the ground safely. I think what they are trying to say is that intentional free falling to a ground standing position has never been successfully attempted. That's true.
 
2004-12-27 02:34:01 PM
I don't think that helmet is going to help a whole lot.
 
2004-12-27 02:34:34 PM
no one has ever survived a landing attempt without a parachute
 
2004-12-27 02:35:51 PM
Anyone else having flashbacks to the Wile E. Coyote cartoon where he wears the Acme "Batman" suit?
 
2004-12-27 02:41:29 PM
Other notables who fell from the sky:
 
2004-12-27 02:47:33 PM
splat

/not cleaning it up
 
2004-12-27 02:48:42 PM
I remember hearing somewhere that a human body impacting the ground at terminal velocity will actually bounce a couple of times.
 
2004-12-27 02:56:06 PM
possible amusing sounds if this fails:

*thud* (the straight in)

*thuda-thud* (the bounce)

*thud uh? ahhhh!* (the surpised still alive sound, then pain)

*thuiddy-thudiddy-thudiddy* (the cartwheel)
 
2004-12-27 02:56:55 PM
I.M. Chisov Lt. I.M. Chisov was a Russian airman whose Ilyushin IL-4 bomber was attacked by German fighters in January of 1942. Falling nearly 22,000 feet, he hit the edge of a snow-covered ravine and rolled to the bottom. He was badly hurt but survived.

/That dude someone was talking about earlier?
//Thats badass!
 
2004-12-27 02:57:23 PM
I got ten on the cartwheel!
 
2004-12-27 03:09:11 PM
How long is it until we get someone trying this?

 
2004-12-27 03:09:37 PM
An American flier jumped out of a burning plane over Germany in WWII from 8000 feet and survived without a suit. He only weighed 130 pounds or so, and landed on something soft. He was captured and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp.
 
2004-12-27 03:13:34 PM
"...ground! I wonder if it will be friends with me?"
 
2004-12-27 03:21:48 PM
Vesna Vulovic:

On 26 January 1972, a JAT DC-9 en route from Copenhagen to Zagreb and Belgrade exploded 33,000 feet over Srbska-Kamenice in Czechoslovakia. Ustashe, otherwise known as the Croatian National Movement, later admitted their responsibility for the bombing that should have killed all 29 passengers and crew. Miraculously, however, there was a survivor. The body of flight attendant, Vesna Vulovic, was recovered from the wreckage. Thirty years on, Philip Baum travelled to Belgrade to hear her story.

(I thought she fell alone into the now, but upon seeing the article again I guess she was still in part of the wreckage. Anyway, still famous.)
 
2004-12-27 03:36:30 PM
mutilato:

That's what people said about HALO jumping and wingsuits in the first place. Small-footage covers are being pursued by lots of adherents of the sport and the mainstream jumping community will pick it up once it has been shown to work. These people are inventing new methodologies, not just new technology. If it works it will catch on.

sorry, but i have to disagree with you on that one. compared to free-flying, a wingsuit takes a lot of effort to learn to fly. at which point you're ok w/ a wingsuit. to go from basic wingsuit flight to what this guy is attempting will take an even bigger leap in effort and practice. obviously, there are going to be a few goofballs who try it, some of whom we'll read about on Parachutist's incident reports page. but mainstream? i doubt it. just to much for your average jumper.
 
2004-12-27 04:19:14 PM
I can see my house from heeeeeeeeere.....
 
2004-12-27 04:21:37 PM
I'm sure his landing will be cushioned somewhat by his pants full of crap.
 
2004-12-27 04:22:00 PM
albert71292: Yes! :) Flying along looking smug and then WHAM! into the side of a cliff...
 
2004-12-27 04:24:16 PM
"If Jeb lands the wing-suit without a parachute and surviveshe is going to be my hero."

Here, in Florida, if Jeb actually was the one who jumped...but without a parachute...he'd be EVERYONE'S hero!
 
2004-12-27 04:24:24 PM
I hope there's a microphone to record the sound when he hits.
 
2004-12-27 04:24:31 PM
HEY!! THIS IS WORKI****THUD*****!!!!!
 
2004-12-27 04:25:07 PM
Suicide without that nasty death at the end.
 
2004-12-27 04:28:32 PM
Remember that wingsuit guy who "tried" to fly through a bridge?
 
2004-12-27 04:28:43 PM
"...its very important to land with zero injuries,"

This guy's a genious.
 
2004-12-27 04:28:43 PM
So what's the theory? Does he do a sort of "swoop" right near the ground and then just put his feet down? I'm thinking it would be smart to try this over a frozen lake so he slides.
 
2004-12-27 04:28:55 PM
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