Man Lands Wingsuit Jump Without Chute

Stuntman's flight is a first

Wingsuit jump: Lysebotn, Rogaland Fylke, NO

Wingsuit jump: Lysebotn, Rogaland Fylke, NO     Photo: hakonthingstad/Flickr

On Wednesday in Ridge Wood, England, stuntman Gary Connery became the first person to successfully land a wingsuit jump without using a parachute. Connery, 42, jumped from a helicopter at 2,400 feet and used his aerodynamic wingsuit to steer himself into a landing strip of 18,000 cardboard boxes. He hit speeds of 80 mph, slowing his downward speed to 15 mph before impact. "It was so comfortable and so soft. I got my calculations absolutely right," he said. Connery, who has appeared in the Harry Potter films and Die Another Day, has made over 880 skydives and 450 BASE jumps.

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