Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Jetwing Action

So this is what it's like to be Supeman ...

Jeb Corliss wing-suit demo from Jeb Corliss on Vimeo.

28 comments:

Jay said...

...I don't know what to say, other than I felt like curling up in the fetal position half the time.

Is there anything in that rig in case, oh, his rocket boots (or whatever) fail to work and he's looking at plowing into the side of a mountain?

DoctorJay said...

What I'd like to know is: How does he land?

Sarah W said...

I would give anything to be able to do that just once . . . and that's exactly how many times I'd be able to attempt it before my family collected on my insurance.

But it might be worth it, to truly understand why Icarus forgot himself . . .

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Boo! I cannot see your cool rocket boot action!

Jason Pollock said...

The flight is completely unpowered. I would expect that he knows his glide ratio, and _extremely_ carefully maps out his path, with enough vertical space at the bottom (you did notice how that field turned into a ravine and dropped away), to deploy the parachute on his back.

Awesome as hell, and it scares me to even watch him do it. I loved how the wind he generated moved the grass. Wow.

Lesley said...

I would have liked to see the landing. I'm not sure it was a graceful as the flying though, because that was awesome.

LarryFleming said...

OK, John, that was cool and frightening at the same time. Are you planning to try it, or are you toying with us? :)
He still has a pretty steep glide slope, so one would have to have plenty of height to try this and still have time to pop the chute. I have two drops from a small plane to my name, but this would have to be for an EXPERIENCED parachutist.

Zifnab said...

I'm sorry, but was I the only one who thought that looked photoshopped?

Anonymous said...

Oh cool! another video of the "eagle-suit"!
I saw this on a tv show. Really great.
The only problem is that a human cannot have a greater wing-span – their muscles aren't strong enough for the preassure.
Otherwise they could glide like an eagle in the air.

RSA Online said...

Oh by all that is good and holy that was AWESOME :D!

Spiny Norman said...

More jumping-off-tall-things insanity: http://www.baffinbase.com/

Kingfish McDougal said...

Who is Supeman?

Katie said...

Looks more Buzz Lightyear than Superman, falling with style FTW!

Jay said...

Off-topic, but it seems that Leverage has fans at Wizards of the Coast.

From the description of the Thief build in Heroes of the Forgotten Lands (as seen in the Compendium):

Most thief adventurers are explorers and treasure hunters, keen on delving into long-forgotten ruins in the hope of finding valuable lore, treasure, or magic. Many thieves learn their skills on the streets or as unapologetic criminals. However, such characters often develop noble intentions, choosing to steal only from the wealthy or from those in need of being taught a lesson. After all, sometimes bad guys make the best good guys.

Grubber said...

Okay, so no-one else is thinking.....Parker or Eliot, which one of those two are going to end up in a similar suit?

Katie said...

@Grubber- Definitely Parker!

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