We’ve mentioned Gary Connery before for his stunt of jumping out of a helicopter at 2,400 feet without a parachute — which is a pretty high altitude, but not exactly an Alan Eustace or Felix Baumgartner record-breaking altitude. Sky diving without a parachute is generally a once-in-a-lifetime experience, though. But there are some exceptions.
- If you find yourself free falling at 35,000 feet in the air, there are some tips to remember. More than a handful of people have survived falling from incredible heights, and a collection of their stories is available for research purposes. A person’s terminal velocity is about 120 mph, and you should try to lower that speed by creating as much drag as you possibly can (spread out your limbs, etc) — aim for mud or snow (water is actually not a good substance to land in) and try not to land on your head. [url]
- Scott Plamer jumped out of a plane without a parachute, but he had a jump partner with a parachute and a harness that could secure Plamer for a tandem controlled descent. So this stunt was a variation of a Banzai skydive — the most dangerous category in the Guinness Book of World Records that is still accepted. [url]
- Luke Aikins is planning a skydive from 25,000 feet without a parachute. In lieu of a parachute, Aikins will be falling into a 100 x 100 foot “deceleration net” to break his fall. [url]
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