Behind the Scenes
From years of research and safety concerns to pre-jump jitters and malfunctioning engines, these exclusive outtakes show how it all went down in Baja
Everyone knows there’s more that goes into making a video than what you see in the final cut. Many times there’s unexpected complications and bloopers. Our friends at Outside TV spent three days in Baja with Rex and his team, and in these six videos you’ll get to follow the X-Wing crew as they make the final preparations for a jump years in the making.
For every endeavor, it’s important to have a safety plan in place in case something goes wrong. In this short clip, Rex and his crew review how they would handle an emergency situation in Baja.
Even the most extreme athletes have fear. Watch as Rex calms his nerves the morning of his jump and works to stay calm and focused once the action begins.
The 6-foot wing Rex wears is built from aluminum and carbon fiber and equipped with two jet-fueled engines. If all goes as planned, this will allow him to fly through the air at 160-200 miles per hour.
Last year’s un-powered glide tests in California allowed Rex to get comfortable with the wing and how it flies. Without the engines, he was averaging 110-150 miles per hour. What he learned has given the confidence to step it up a notch, add engines, and go even faster.
The sparsely populated desert outside of San Felipe, Baja is the perfect testing ground for the a X Wing Project. It’s close to an airport, has multiple options for landing zones, and, if something were to go wrong, they wouldn’t risk injuring anyone on the ground.
The X-Wing Project has been 4 years in the making, and jump day has finally arrived. With a 4 a.m. start, calm winds, and a clear mind, Rex is ready to fly.