Wingsuit flying with Jeb Corliss

Wingsuit flying is the newest, coolest frontier in skydiving right now. This was all made possible only a few years back by a guy named Patrick de Gayardon from France. Patrick was a true innovator in the sport, always one step ahead of everybody else. The wing suit was his own creation. He put endless hours of wind tunnel time on a prototype suit before he took to the sky with these wings. Patrick brought the wing suit to where it is today – an efficient flying wing with an airfoil that can be customised in flight by the human body.

Wingsuit flying is the art of flying the human body through the air using a special jumpsuit, called a wingsuit, that shapes the human body into an airfoil which can create lift. The wingsuit creates the airfoil shape with fabric sewn between the legs and under the arms. It is also called a birdman suit or squirrel suit.

 Jeb Corliss

A wingsuit can be flown from any point that provides sufficient altitude to glide through the air, such as skydiving aircraft or BASE jumping exit points. The wingsuit flier wears parachute equipment designed for skydiving or BASE jumping. The flier will deploy the parachute at a planned altitude and unzip the arm wings, if necessary, so they can reach up to the control toggles and fly to a normal parachute landing.

How does the wingsuit work?
How Stuff Works has all the information you will need to find out more about this extreme sport. Check it out by visiting How Stuff Works – Wingsuit

1 Comment

  • Reply November 18, 2009

    Anonymous

    Oh. My. God.

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