Wingsuit guy finally lands...

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  1. May 23, 2012 #1

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    Re: Wingsuit guy fianally lands...

    Holy .......is this for real?
    You never know these days....but if so, next time with better glide number and a landing gear?
    Wow!
     
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    Re: Wingsuit guy fianally lands...

    I think it's truly amazing how these wingsuit guys are striving so hard to invent the... airplane.
     
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    Re: Wingsuit guy fianally lands...

    Yes, unfortunately it is.


    While I was initially just impressed (magnificent clips), by now I've developed a considerable disgust of those folks. Their "cool" video's not only endanger their own folks, which would be up to themselves. They risk other people's lives. The bridge-incident and several others were near-hits with innocent bystanders, in fact on the bridge several people were covered in a mix of intestines. Several clips show close calls with sailplanes and GA, which normally don't expect a man to fall with 10,000 ft/min in the place they're flying. Let's hope they soon get banned. If they want to play their Russian roulette, let them do it where innocent others can't be harmed...
     
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    Re: Wingsuit guy fianally lands...

    My soaring club shares the airport with a skydiving operation, and we've been given a specific safety briefing to watch out for wingsuits near the turn to base in our pattern, and thereafter. I haven't seen one myself, but I'm expecting I will eventually.
     
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    Re: Wingsuit guy fianally lands...

    I must have missed that one. Where and when was that?
     
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    Re: Wingsuit guy fianally lands...

    [video=youtube;IvjgvXcxMsU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvjgvXcxMsU[/video]

    The guy following gets covered in guts from his friend. Jeb Corliss (the 2nd guy in the above jump) then almost manages to kill himself here:
    [video=youtube;ZDsd0rz8ogQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDsd0rz8ogQ[/video]

    I respect everybody's right to pursue his own happiness, even if it's a high-risk endeavor. But those guys just seem to lack the mental capacity to think it through, especially where it concerns the risks to other people.
     
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    Re: Wingsuit guy fianally lands...

    I remember reading about medical research that showed that there was a specific area of the brain that governs risky behavior. This area, from what I recall, is one of the last to fully develop, and in young men, doesn't do so until about age 25. Did these guys just miss out on that gene entirely?
     
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    Mine didn't develop just until last year. :gig: And I'm 52.

     
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    Re: Wingsuit guy fianally lands...

    I was disappointed when I saw the preview of the report of the man in the flying squirrel suit, only to watch and see him land in a mountain of cardboard boxes. I really expected to see him come in for a landing, flare and then tumble into a wheatfield or other soft area.

    Just another adrenelin junkie who's playing Russian Roulette with his life.......
     
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    Re: Wingsuit guy fianally lands...

    I've seen video of wingsuiters skimming ski slopes (which, by the way, endangers the skiers). I think one might be able to "skid one in" on the snow.
     
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    Re: Wingsuit guy fianally lands...

    Isn't that how the world record fall W/O chute while surviving was set?
     
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    Re: Wingsuit guy fianally lands...

    Why not just don a pair of snow or water skis and use them as landing gear? Come in low, flare then touch down. No need for all the boxes.
     
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    Re: Wingsuit guy fianally lands...

    Could you imagine though how gutsy that is? What about a sudden crosswind, headwind or tailwind. And how would you practice for the real thing?

    My dad used to ride horse races, and was often the leading rider. When he first started, and would go right between horses, the reporter said, "Either he's really good, or he's the craziest person I've ever seen." And being around my dad, I know these guys got to be both.
     
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    I watched a few videos of that Jeb Corliss last night. He's definitely living on borrowed time. Only a matter of time before he will misjudge some obstacle and wind up like bridge man. Jeb got lucky this time and only broke his leg.
     
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    No worse than some of the Bozo's Ive seen flying aerobatics with sub standard equipment, beleive me more common than you would like to think and even at airshows.
     
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    Are these wing suits able to trade speed to climb or even level off at all? The concept seems really cool, but in reality they have half the glide ratio of an auto rotating helicopter, which to me feels like falling, and at least you can stop your fall at the end.

    I always have wanted to try hang gliding though, actually flying vs a mostly controlled fall.
     
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    As I understand it from the guys at the skydiving operation at my home airport, wingsuits currently max out their L/D at between 3:1-4:1. Which is how they're getting the cross-range they are.
     
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    ... which was about the L/D of the early standard Rogallo hang gliders. Of course the wingsuit guys are going a lot faster...

    I thought Jeb Corliss or one of those guys already landed a wingsuit on a great big ramp, but upon searching I guess it was planned but never actually happened. But yeah, Jeb is eventually gonna kill himself... and he knows it; he's said so in interviews.

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