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Skydiver makes history by landing without a parachute

Thame : United Kingdom | Jun 13, 2012 at 12:22 AM PDT
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Skydiver Becomes First To Land Without Parachute

A stuntman in Britain has became the first person to skydive from above 2000 feet and land without a parachute.

Gary Connery , 42, leapt 2400ft from a helicopter while wearing a specially made “wing suit” and swooped towards a “runway” of 18600 cardboard boxes in an Oxfordshire field.

His flight lasted approximately 50 seconds, during which he was cheered on by hundreds of supporters, including his son Cali, 14, and wife Vivian, who said she was “relieved it’s all over”.

Connery, a father of two, has completed about 880 skydives and 450 base jumps.The stunt took months of training in the wing suit.

It had taken 100 volunteers and friends six hours to build the landing strip, which was 350ft long, 40ft wide and 12ft high.

His success means he’s achieved something that’s been a goal for skydivers since 1997, when the first wing suit was invented by French daredevil Patrick De Gayardon, who actually died while attempting to jump sans parachute.

The professional base jumper has worked on dozens of films such the James Bond flick Die Another Day, Batman Begins and the spy spoof Johnny English.

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