Gary Connery became the first man to jump out of a helicopter in a wingsuit and land safely without the aid of a parachute. The 42-year-old jumped from an elevation of 2,400 feet and flew in the air for 50 seconds at a speed of up to 80 miles per hour before landing. The stunt was made possible thanks to a team of more than 100 volunteers who piled up 18,600 cardboard boxes into a runway that was 350 feet long, 40 feet wide, and 12 feet high. In addition to providing Connery with a soft landing pad, the improvised runway also added a bit of drama to the events. It took the volunteers minutes to clear away the boxes to find out if the professional stuntman had landed without injury.
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