Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The first go at wingsuiting with no parachute...



Ok, so the story is actually about a chap with awesome facial hair who tried to jump from the Eiffel tower with a custom made 'parachute suit', but I think we can all agree that it actually looks more like a wingsuit.

This all kicked off back in 1912 when Franz Reichelt took the nervous looking steps over the edge. His theory was that his 'parachute suit' would suitably reduce his descent rate to allow him to land unharmed.

Amazingly, there's even video - albeit a fairly rudimentary one. Look out for the bit at the end where they measure how deep the crater was he left on impact...

More detail on the story can be found here, or if you're too lazy to click through, the video is below...

Whatever your take on the story, I think it's safe to agree that Franz is one of the early pioneers of the practice of 'here, hold my beer...'

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