Wingsuits & Proximity

27 Oct

I have always wanted to jump out of a plane and feel the rush that is freefalling. After numerous jumps, someone must have asked the question, “How can we control the fall more?” Thus, wingsuits. 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 create lift. The wingsuit creates the surface area with fabric between the legs and under the arms. This was all good and fun for so long, until these professionals (mostly base jumpers)got bored, and decided to proximity fly. Below is my absolute favorite youtube video, which also happens to be about base jumping with wingsuits. The commentary by Loic Jean-Albert perfectly summarizes the mindset of the few who partake in this sport.

The below video does not hold a candle to the above video, however, Jokke Sommer soars through the sky perfectly to Ladyhawke’s My Delirium. The first ten seconds of this video exhibit the speed and intensity of proximity flying.  For that reason alone, it is worth the post.

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