Sunday, September 20, 2020

Wingsuit Pilot / Dangerous Stunt

A brave wingsuit pilot flew through a three-metre-wide hole while travelling at 142mp/h.

On November 13, Alejandro Villar Gonzalez filmed himself darting at an insane speed through a narrow hole in a mountain’s rock, in the Aragon Pyrenees, Spain.

The 30-year-old skydiving instructor made it through the tight passage without a scratch and celebrated with a loud scream as he finally opened his parachute.

The daredevil claims he’s only the second person ever to complete such a stunt, after the late Italian jumper Uli Emanuele flew through a two-metre-wide hole formed by a rock in 2015.

Wingsuit flying (or wingsuiting) is the sport of flying through the air using a wingsuit which adds surface area to the human body to enable a significant increase in lift. The modern wingsuit, first developed in the late 1990s, creates a surface area with fabric between the legs and under the arms. Wingsuits are sometimes referred to as “birdman suits” (after the makers of the first commercial wingsuit), “squirrel suits” (from their resemblance to flying squirrels’ wing membrane), and “bat suits” (due to their resemblance to the animal or perhaps the superhero).

A wingsuit flight normally ends by deploying a parachute, and so a wingsuit can be flown from any point that provides sufficient altitude for flight and parachute deployment — normally a skydiving drop aircraft, or BASE-jump exit point such as a tall cliff or a safe mountain top. The wingsuit flier wears parachute equipment specially designed for skydiving or BASE jumping. While the parachute flight is normal, the canopy pilot typically unzips arm wings (after deployment) to be able to reach the steering parachute toggles and control the descent path.

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