Cameras Catch These Speeding Wingsuiters Whizzing Down Mountains Over 100 m.p.h
Cameras are big in the sport of wingsuit flying. You know: The art of keeping alive while flinging yourself off a mountaintop at speeds over 100 m.p.h., aiming for a nice landing in a target valley far blow.
What's this all about? you ask. Here is the professional description of this dangerous endeavor:
“Wingsuit flying is the sport of flying the human body through the air using a special jumpsuit, called a wingsuit, which adds surface area to the human body to enable a significant increase in lift.”
Modern wingsuits, first developed in the late 1990s, create the surface area with fabric between the legs and under the arms. The flyer also wears a parachute, which he opens to land safely at the end of his (or her) flight.
The wingsuit birdmen first flew in the 1930s and were later seen in the 1969 film, The Gypsy Moths, starring Burt Lancaster.
You saw the well-known BASE jumper, Jeb Corliss, at the top of the screen as he manipulated through narrow valleys and defiles in the Swiss Alps—wearing five GoPro cameras. Click Jeb Corliss again to catch him make the same jump in slower-mo.