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    Wing Suit Crash

    These guys are crazy to begin with, but if something goes wrong - holy shit! And it did in this case! This guys survived.



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    I wonder what their insurance rates are like participating in this sport.

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    Looked up the lift to drag ratio, Only 4 to 1. That gives no room for error,by the time he realized he had a problem simply reaching back adds more drag . Add some sinking air ...no thanks . 40 to 1 is a bit better.

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    I can't believe he survived that. Ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    I can't believe he survived that. Ouch.
    I know it....more chance of surviving, when padded to the hilt, by crashing in the treetops...
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    Wing Suit Crash

    What that guy is doing is known as proximity flying, where the object is to, as it sounds, fly as close to the ground as possible. That was also a BASE jump.

    I don't wing suit but I do skydive and know a few wingsuiters from my drop zone and only one of them attempts proximity flying, and he's a little bit crazy. The rest say it's just not worth the risk.

    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    I wonder what their insurance rates are like participating in this sport.
    For just standard skydiving it's already astronomically high, which is BS considering that the fatality rate is actually much lower that perceived by the general public (last year it came out to 1 per 200,000 jumps)

    BASE jumping is about 100 times deadlier (about 1:2,300), add in a wingsuit, and proximity flying.....yea pretty sure he's uninsurable
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    I wonder what their insurance rates are like participating in this sport.
    I can't imagine anyone but wealthy inheritants participating....I mean really...y/n?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbog View Post
    I can't imagine anyone but wealthy inheritants participating....I mean really...y/n?
    I don't know any Base Jump wingsuiters as East doesn't have the vert for that but the Jumpers I've met seem pretty down to earth ..."pun intended". For less that 10K you can get hooked up .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siliconebobsquarepants View Post
    ........... the Jumpers I've met seem pretty down to earth ..."pun intended". For less that 10K you can get hooked up .
    ...I stand corrected once again...Sbsp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbog View Post
    ...I stand corrected once again...Sbsp.
    Pretty compelling interview/recap of the wing suit crash story from 2016: http://topgunbase.ws/i-flew-my-wings...in-a-hospital/

    He was not a complete goof, but apparently a young Navy pilot looking for off-duty kicks and progressed to base jump wing suit stuff rather quickly. Should have died though, complete miracle of survival. Nothing more recent on the guy, so he may have gone back to tamer recreational activities??

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