CBS’ 60 Minutes calls wingsuit proximity flying “the world’s most dangerous sport” – so of course Red Bull have their finger on its pulse.
A brief reminder of some wingsujit facts and figures:
A typical skydiver’s terminal velocity: 110 to 140 mph or from 180 to 225 km/h.
A Wingsuit Flyer’s velocity: dramatically reduced speeds, a momentary speed of 25 mph or 40 km/h has been recorded, however 60 mph or 95 km/h is more typical.
Materials used in wingsuit: Rip-Stop nylon and or Parapack with thin plastic ribs
Can you do it? In the Skydivers Information ManualtThe United States Parachute Association (USPA) recommends that any jumper flying a wingsuit for the first time must have at least 200 jumps and be accompanied by an instructor or 500 jumps experience without instruction… Heed their advice.
For wannabe wingsuit flyers Red Bull have produced the ultimate movie, due to be released this summer. It’s called the Human Flight 3D Movie (redbull)…
This is a partially fictionalised film, but it is inspired by the members of the elite Red Bull Airforce who are themselves appearing on camera – it would be pretty hard to find stuntmen for this kind of extreme-ness!
Human Flight 3D is an authentic look at the dangerous but thrilling culture of this elite aerial sport and being 3D it allows the audience the virtual experience of flying alongside the world’s top precision skydiving, BASEjumping and wingsuit flyers who make up the Red Bull Air Force.
Pundits say that the storyline might be weak but the flying will be awesome!
It’s impressive on YouTube but on the big screen and in 3D it’ll be like you’re there with a wingsuit on, a ‘chute on your back and part of the elite team. It will allow you to experience the thrill, the adrenaline rush and the pure primal dream of flying like a bird.
Keep your eyes open for the movie. If you want to know what it feels like to fly like a bird but don’t have quite enough courage, or perhaps money, to do it yourself, then this’ll be the next best thing.