Now, a wing suit to fly and land safely sans a parachute

January 2nd, 2008 - 3:25 pm ICT by admin  

London, January 2 (ANI): A former host of the Discovery Channel show Stunt Junkies is contemplating flying thousands of feet through the air and landing safely on the ground, unaided with a parachute.

Thirty-one-year-old Jeb Corliss, a well-known skydiver, is confident that he can become the worlds first person to do such a stunt.

His plan is to jump out of a helicopter or plane at least 2,000 feet above Las Vegas, wearing only a special wing suit.

Several other teams in France, South Africa, New Zealand and Russia are also working on similar projects.

However, Corliss, who has been focused on his attempt for the past seven years, is convinced that he will be able to beat other groups.

“We’re close. Obviously we need to keep some things a bit secret so one of these other groups doesn’t take my ideas and potentially beat me. But it’s definitely possible and can be done safely,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying.

Corliss, who was last year arrested for trying to leap off the Empire State Building, has been performing stunts for more than a decade.

So far, he has performed more than 1,000 jumps from planes, bridges, cliff faces, skyscrapers and landmarks across the world.

He has been practising “flying” in wing suitsa metal exoskeleton and nylon fabric between the legs and under the armsfor nine years.

Corliss has revealed that the outfit changes the shape of the wearers body, similar to a flying squirrel.

“I can get very close to objects and move away from them. I could fly through an open window,” he said.

“Recently I flew under the arm of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. I came within 5 ft of the statue and 6 ft of people’s heads and I did it six times in a row on the exact same flight path. In a wing suit I can basically fly exactly where I want,” he added.

While his attempt has been dismissed by some as “sheer madness”, Corliss says that safety was his number one priority. He says that he would always ensure he was able to abort the landing, and open a parachute if he felt unsafe. (ANI)

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