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#1 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:51 pm

The recent sad demise of Vince Reffet lead me to have a look at the extreme stuff that the wingsuit practitioners have been undertaking...




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#2 Post by Ex-Ascot » Fri Nov 27, 2020 6:11 am

Absolutely crazy. I don't think that these guys expect to live to pick up a pension.
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#3 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:27 am



These people are truly alive... although they came close to disaster when the girl deployed her chute but fortunately no boobs were damaged in the making of this video....
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#4 Post by TheGreenGoblin » Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:17 am

The American guy the lady with the nice boobies was riding in the video above, is Jeb Corliss. An aerial master and also one lucky dude, not only for having a lady like that, but because he survived this little event while jumping off Table Mountain in SA.

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#5 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Fri Jun 28, 2024 6:28 pm

Mont Blanc - bonkers.

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#6 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Fri Jun 28, 2024 7:49 pm

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#7 Post by EA01 » Wed Jul 03, 2024 9:08 am

Hmm,....not a betting man, but I'd put the house on that's something I'm not gunna do!

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#8 Post by Boac » Wed Jul 03, 2024 9:17 am

You do know, don't you, that it is against the law to place a bet if you have inside knowledge? :))

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#9 Post by Ex-Ascot » Wed Jul 03, 2024 10:03 am

Don't understand how they know that they are going to clear the terrain.
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#10 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Wed Jul 03, 2024 10:15 am

From what I have seen from longer videos, there is an awful lot of careful planning. They usually walk/climb the route first too.
Obviously they are very choosy about weather, which in the mountains I presume means zero wind.
Looks to me like they normally fly faster than best glide speed, to allow a manoevre margin.

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#11 Post by Ex-Ascot » Wed Jul 03, 2024 10:26 am

I am sure it is planned. But, walk the route? Those two clips would have been impossible. Guess they know their rate of descent and using topos can plan a route.

Fly it in a chopper a few times?
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#12 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Wed Jul 03, 2024 10:34 am

I think they walk/climb as much as possible to check for stuff like power lines and tree heights, that might not be on a topo, or have changed.
They probably know their personal glide angles at different speeds pretty well with GPS, altimeter, and data recording.
I've seen detailed topo sections drawn on boards to calculate the slope angles and distances, just as we did in pilot nav training.

I don't know about helicopters, but since they often use them to jump from, it would seem likely.

It is, for want of a better description, sensibly insane.

I did a couple of formation skydives with a bunch who became World Champions the year after. Their planning and rehearsals were meticulous.

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#13 Post by Ex-Ascot » Wed Jul 03, 2024 12:29 pm

I did a couple of formation skydives with a bunch who became World Champions the year after. Their planning and rehearsals were meticulous.
Yep dropped for competitions many times. Also dropped the RAF Falcons for a season in '82 when the C130s were busy!
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#14 Post by Fox3WheresMyBanana » Wed Jul 03, 2024 1:31 pm

I found the civvies just as rigorous as the RAF in their prep. Mind you, there were several ex-mil and assorted record holders where I jumped. The master rigger had been the master rigger for the Golden Knights, so I got him to teach me packing.

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