Skip to comments.Stuntman who played James Bond during London 2012 ceremony dies in wing-diving accident
Posted on 08/15/2013 9:18:12 AM PDT by BenLurkin
A stuntman who wowed crowds with his portrayal of James Bond during the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony has been killed in a wing-diving accident.
Mark Sutton, 42, crashed into a mountain ridge in the Swiss Alps, near Martigny, which is close to the French border.
Swiss police said that one of two wing-divers who jumped out of a helicopter at a height of more than 10,000 feet hit the ridge on Wednesday morning.
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Sorry, if man was destined to do this kind of stuff, he would have been born with wings.
Too bad. Whatever goes up...........
Gravity - It is the LAW!
The old pilot’s axiom (not the BOLD pilot’s) is “’Beware thou dost not let thy air speed or altitude unduly decay, lest the ground rise up and smite thee!’
Still I honor those that tread those sharp boundaries and will not gainsay their efforts nor forbid their assumption of risk. May he rest in peace and touch the Face of God.
High Flight - Magee - 1943
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
I guess I have to second that. I’ve seen those guys on videos, hard to imagine they have a very high survival rate. I mean at least with a parachute you can carry a backup.