Wingsuited Man Lands Safely Without a Parachute
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.
“It was so comfortable, so soft,” Connery told Sky News afterwards. “My calculations obviously worked out and I'm glad they did.”
Connery's father, mother, wife, and two children were watching from the field where he landed. When a reporter asked his wife Vivian how she was feeling, she replied, “Ahh, relief that it's all over.”
To which Connery added, “It's not over. It starts now. We've got to take the boxes down.”
You can watch the full jump without commentary in the YouTube clip below: