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Terminal Velocity

Posted by Alex | December 10th, 2007 | Filed under Outdoor Sport

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BASE Jumping scares the hell out of me. But like many things that scare me — extreme skiing, deep water soloing, elevators full of blood — I enjoy watching it from the safety of a screen. And recently it’s gotten pretty interesting: There are now some remarkable things happening in the sport, mostly as a result of flying-squirrel-like jumping outfits called “wingsuits.”

The flat-out craziest, however, is the effort to jump out of a plane in one of these suits and land, without the benefit of a parachute. As Jeb Corliss explains in this video on nyt.com, the appeal is a combination of limit-seeking and Iccarus complex: “This will be the first time that a human being has reached terminal velocity and landed on their face, at over 110 miles an hour, and gotten up and done it again. You know, that’s a very special thing.”

3 Responses to “Terminal Velocity”

  • December 10, 2007 at 10:34 pm | john says

    Alex

    Here’s something along the same lines. Check the link out. The “wing suit” has taken base jumping to a whole different dimension.

    Enjoy
    John
    http://www.biertijd.com/mediaplayer/?itemid=4262

  • December 11, 2007 at 12:53 pm | Alex says

    Hi John,

    Yeah, that film (linked above under \”remarkable things\”) is pretty damn hype. I can\’t help feeling that it treads a bit over the line between incredible and insane… But I confess I\’m still impressed by people like Chuck Yeager and the test pilots with \”the right stuff\” who continue to push the limits of possibility. Though far too risky for my taste, it\’s awfully impressive…

    Cheers,
    Alex

  • February 20, 2009 at 8:44 am | ankara nakliyat says

    very nices article.

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