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2013-03-18 06:37:43 PM
I didn't think those motorized hang gliders could go so high.
 
2013-03-18 06:39:16 PM
holy shiat!
 
2013-03-18 06:52:06 PM
I wonder if people in the buildings saw them go by?

/ I would put down the coffee
 
2013-03-18 07:02:18 PM
more impressed their launch platform was an ultra-lite.  wing suits are so last year.
 
2013-03-18 07:11:36 PM
Yeah - I didn't know those glider thingies could go so high,... I wonder how much their altitude shifted once 180 lbs left....
 
2013-03-18 07:12:04 PM
CNN has just reported that a second wing suit has hit the second tower.
 
2013-03-18 07:19:49 PM
Look...
Up in the sky
It's a Bird...
It's a Plane...
It's some guys in wing suites with camera's strapped to their heads.
 
2013-03-18 07:20:31 PM

bump: Yeah - I didn't know those glider thingies could go so high,... I wonder how much their altitude shifted once 180 lbs left....


The pilots should have been able to compensate pretty quickly. Adjust pitch and power, careful that you also have a new CG and you're set to go.
 
2013-03-18 07:23:37 PM
holy fark bet that woke up anyone looking out of the window
 
2013-03-18 07:36:26 PM
Pretty impressive.  And in less than ideal visibility.  That starts going into the nucking futs category.
 
2013-03-18 07:39:18 PM
I was digging just the first few moments in the gliders.  That alone would be cool enough for me, thanks.  Then he dropped out of it and holy fark...  A really good simulator of that, with levels of wind (or other) noise you could control, would be incredibly fun.

One that, you know, didn't involve the possibility of a sudden and remarkably violent end.
Otherwise, yes, please!
 
2013-03-18 07:50:41 PM

bump: Yeah - I didn't know those glider thingies could go so high,... I wonder how much their altitude shifted once 180 lbs left....


Unless those suits are assless I don't think that 180lbs is going very far, besides it wouldn't have been as impressive if he went over the passage between the two towers.
 
2013-03-18 07:53:06 PM
I'm not as impressed as I should be; I expected it to be longer.

What they did barely qualifies as a parachute jump.

On the other hand the motorized hang gliders at what? 1500 meters? Higher maybe? were pretty cool.
 
2013-03-18 08:12:22 PM

LeroyBourne: I didn't think those motorized hang gliders could go so high.


they'll take you as high as you can go and stay conscious, honestly. the engine craps out long after you do.

now as i recall in the US at least, the flight ceiling is like 15k feet for ultralights, but that is seriously crazy high.

/vfr only, no ifr unless you want to upgrade to light sport in the states, which is what ultralight is in much of the world.
 
2013-03-18 08:14:57 PM

douchebag/hater: I'm not as impressed as I should be; I expected it to be longer.

What they did barely qualifies as a parachute jump.

On the other hand the motorized hang gliders at what? 1500 meters? Higher maybe? were pretty cool.


yeah, it LOOKS high but if it's over 4k feet i'd be shocked.  even 2k feet looks like a mile in a small aircraft. a mile looks insane.
 
2013-03-18 08:20:48 PM

buttery_shame_cave: douchebag/hater: I'm not as impressed as I should be; I expected it to be longer.

What they did barely qualifies as a parachute jump.

On the other hand the motorized hang gliders at what? 1500 meters? Higher maybe? were pretty cool.

yeah, it LOOKS high but if it's over 4k feet i'd be shocked.  even 2k feet looks like a mile in a small aircraft. a mile looks insane.


Take a look at the types of clouds that are WAY below them. They're UP THERE.
 
2013-03-18 08:26:21 PM
Nice find, Subby.

/just had my first skydive @ 14k three weeks ago for my 33rd birthday
//second jump two days ago
///signing up for my "A" license ASAP
////those wingsuit guys and gals are awesome
 
2013-03-18 08:53:29 PM
 
2013-03-18 09:20:43 PM
Can't wait for the followup vid, where they both die. Idiots.
 
2013-03-18 09:26:19 PM
So why isn't the military using these yet? Seems like an incredible way to make an insertion without having the aircraft overhead and no HALO equipment.
 
2013-03-18 10:24:26 PM

Certainly You Jest: I was digging just the first few moments in the gliders. That alone would be cool enough for me, thanks. Then he dropped out of it and holy fark... A really good simulator of that, with levels of wind (or other) noise you could control, would be incredibly fun.


Just Cause 2, amongst a bunch of other things, has some parachute races which are quite a bit of fun.  This video made me think of those.  We can only hope they catch on to the wingsuit craze and put some of that in Just Cause 3.
 
2013-03-18 10:35:08 PM
It's like the prolog to a modern day rendition of "Icarus"...
 
2013-03-18 10:54:49 PM
Way cool, but stoned me was:

a) Bummed that dude's POV camera was fogged (as I'm sure he was)
and
b) Wished they showed footage from his rearward facing cam as he shot the gap

furthermore, c)  Wondered if they planned that particular building (and they had to have, right?), if they coulda got a camera on the roof or in a window

C'mon, internet, be cooler!
 
2013-03-18 11:01:26 PM

pootsie: You should watch this instead:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=ann isotation_226469&feature =i v&src_vid=GFmvMHPQ1k8&v=GASFa7rkLtM

same dudes


Where's the one from a few years back where the guy crashes into the  bridge and his head pops off?
Now that is something to see.
 
2013-03-18 11:46:14 PM

The_Eliminator: So why isn't the military using these yet? Seems like an incredible way to make an insertion without having the aircraft overhead and no HALO equipment.


100 pounds of gear would probably screw up the aerodynamics and whatnot.  Wouldn't be surprised if they were looking into it, though.
 
2013-03-18 11:56:16 PM
okaykleek:
b) Wished they showed footage from his rearward facing cam as he shot the gap


1:17
 
2013-03-19 12:33:15 AM

pootsie: You should watch this instead:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_226469&feature =i v&src_vid=GFmvMHPQ1k8&v=GASFa7rkLtM

same dudes



I can only assume there is some significant math and computer modeling going on for each of those jumps.  I would be they are running 3D topo models of those mountains, and finding lines that exactly match the angle of fall in a given wingsuit.  The pilot's job is then to hit the right marks, much like a road track driver.

I'm just guessing, but I don't see how it would have worked any other way.
 
2013-03-19 01:11:52 AM
bikerific: Ican only assume there is some significant math and computer modeling going on for each of those jumps.  I would be they are running 3D topo models of those mountains, and finding lines that exactly match the angle of fall in a given wingsuit.  The pilot's job is then to hit the right marks, much like a road track driver.

I'm just guessing, but I don't see how it would have worked any other way.


I'd suggest they're far from using the maximum performance of the wing suits in that video; even if you did all the math there's far too many variables to truly map a route that exactly matches the glide performance of the suit. They could almost certainly 'pop' off the mountain and into a shallower, slower glide if they needed to - they're storing the energy necessary as speed.
 
2013-03-19 01:25:58 AM
7 meters between the buildings.

Heavily congested airspace with first airliner at 6:15AM: they tried to be done with jump beforehand.

No permits/no permission to do movie production = no ability to say 'we cool,' without alerting authorities.

/some NPR show had interview with the guy
 
2013-03-19 02:31:29 AM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: okaykleek:
b) Wished they showed footage from his rearward facing cam as he shot the gap


1:17


Missed it, thanks.
 
2013-03-19 09:34:56 AM

pootsie: You should watch this instead:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_226469&feature =i v&src_vid=GFmvMHPQ1k8&v=GASFa7rkLtM

same dudes


great video, tyvm. For some reason the 1080p setting looked like 480 though. If anyone else has this problem  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GASFa7rkLtM worked in 1080p.
 
2013-03-19 12:11:32 PM

LeroyBourne: I didn't think those motorized hang gliders could go so high.


I didn't either.

While I'm sure it'd be fun (I still want to try skydiving as well), open heights kind of skeeve me out and my anal clenching while riding one of those could probably snap a chopstick.
 
2013-03-19 12:14:38 PM

darch: buttery_shame_cave: douchebag/hater: I'm not as impressed as I should be; I expected it to be longer.

What they did barely qualifies as a parachute jump.

On the other hand the motorized hang gliders at what? 1500 meters? Higher maybe? were pretty cool.

yeah, it LOOKS high but if it's over 4k feet i'd be shocked.  even 2k feet looks like a mile in a small aircraft. a mile looks insane.

Take a look at the types of clouds that are WAY below them. They're UP THERE.


pfft low level cirrus. probably around 1500-2000 feet if that.

i'm not saying they're up there but if they're over a mile up i'd be incredibly surprised.

icam: LeroyBourne: I didn't think those motorized hang gliders could go so high.

I didn't either.

While I'm sure it'd be fun (I still want to try skydiving as well), open heights kind of skeeve me out and my anal clenching while riding one of those could probably snap a chopstick.


once you get over the stomach-lurching nature of being able to look between your legs and see straight down, it's unbelievably exhilarating.
 
2013-03-19 02:23:30 PM

pootsie: You should watch this instead:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_226469&feature =i v&src_vid=GFmvMHPQ1k8&v=GASFa7rkLtM

same dudes


I'll tell ya- the thing I get out of this piece the most isn't how amazing the wingsuits are, but what a gigantic, beautiful world it is we live in. And most folks never leave their own town.

Gotta get my ass to the Swiss and Frence countrysides.
 
2013-03-19 06:40:44 PM

darch: Gotta get my ass to the Swiss and Frence countrysides.


I haven't been to either in a very long time, but I hope you get there.  The memories are priceless.  Switzerland, especially.
 
2013-03-21 01:37:43 AM

darch: the thing I get out of this piece the most isn't how amazing the wingsuits are, but what a gigantic, beautiful world it is we live in.


which is fitting since that's really why that video was made.
 
2013-03-21 04:24:43 AM
I've had ultralights as high as 12,000 feet above sea level.

65 mph cruise at two miles above ground level looks like you aren't even moving.
 
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