Skip to comments.Flying Humans, Hoping to Land With No Chute
Posted on 12/09/2007 11:48:50 PM PST by neverdem
Jeb Corliss wants to fly not the way the Wright brothers wanted to fly, but the way we do in our dreams. He wants to jump from a helicopter and land without using a parachute.
And his dream, strange as it sounds, is not unique. Around the globe, Mr. Corliss said, at least a half-dozen groups in France, South Africa, New Zealand, Russia and the United States have the same goal in mind. Although nobody is waving a flag, the quest has evoked the spirit of nations pursuits of Everest and the North and South Poles.
All of this is technically possible, said Jean Potvin, a physics professor at Saint Louis University and a skydiver who does parachute research for the Army. But he acknowledged a problem: The thing Im not sure of is your margins in terms of safety, or likelihood to crash.
Loïc Jean-Albert of France, better known as Flying Dude in a popular YouTube video, put it more bluntly: You might do it well one time and try another time and crash and die.
The landing, as one might expect, poses the biggest challenge, and each group has a different approach. Most will speak in only the vaguest terms out of fear that someone will steal their plans.
Mr. Corliss will wear nothing more than a wing suit, an invention that, aeronautically speaking, is more flying squirrel than bird or plane.
He plans to land on a specially designed runway of his own design. It will borrow from the principles of Nordic ski jumping and will cost about $2 million, which explains why he is so much more vocal than the others about his quest.
Mr. Jean-Albert figures he could glide to a stop on a snowy mountainside...
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
I’m betting it’s going to hurt- real bad.
Hold mah beer.
And I didn't know that there was competition to win the fabled Darwin Award.
ROFL...i thought this was about the flying imams wanting to land without a chute!!! I was all for it!
Landing without a parachute is easy. The trick is doing it twice.
Now, if they wanted to make rather complicated personal wings with slats and flaps, I'd be more convinced, but it's not going to be from a webbed suit like this.
In order to even experience wing-in-ground effect (provided these suits actually create useable lift) he'd have to be only a couple feet off the ground, which is too low for him to even put his feet down.
Besides, with "wings" this small, he'd really have to be cooking and he wouldn't want to even think about touching the ground at that speed.
This thread is as funny as it is interesting. I just hope my husband who has sky dived in the past doesn’t read this and get any bright ideas LOL...Hey Mr.Beauty, if you are reading this...I think this is a bad idea! LOL
jumpee: slowly shakes his head: I....just.....don't....think....I....want....to....do....that.....again
This is exactly the kind of story the NY Times should concentrate on, and back away from helping the rats turn America into a Euro-style, secular-socialist welfare state.
You can see similar flying around the Alps:
“Flying Dude” on YouTube:
Pretty incredible low ‘flying’ in the clip. Very fast, very low. (Spoiler - he opens a chute to land.) But it looks nothing like possible to land in this glide suit.
Then there’s this flying dude:
Where’s Super Dave Osborne, now that we need him?
I once saw a helmet cam clip taken by a base jumper whose chute streamered. He’d jumped off of a dam. He bounced off of it a couple of times, then smacked into rocky dirt at the bottom. He broke multiple bones, but survived.
After hearing the sounds that came out of this guy, the notion that ‘in the air, altitude is life’ became even more firmly fixed in my brain.
I used to skydive. I shied away from base jumping at the time, and am glad I did. No low jumps, no low pulls.
And DEFINITELY no jumping without a chute. :-)
Plus, his wing was a simple foil, lacking any of the lift devices such as slats and flaps. It all boils down the getting the landing speed down to something reasonable, e.g. walking or running speed. So I really don't see how they're accomplishing anything aside from enjoying and extended-distance fall.
People are already doing what these fellas want to do. Here is someone in a foot-launched powered hang glider, taking off from a trot and landing on his feet.
The movie was The Silver Chalice. Jack Palance played Simon the Magician, who proclaimed he could fly from the top of the tower.
Said a disappointed onlooker after it was over “He didn’t fly”.
I was just clarifying the difference between 'jumper' and 'jumpee'.
2) If Primates were meant to fly, we'd have wings...
Oh, wait...there IS our flying cousina Colubofrom Asia:
Laugh if you may, but, some of our best military fighters have learned how to use these type of flying suits to drop behind the enemy by many miles.
Drop them out of a plane and they fly to their target area sometimes many miles.
NYT story? I heartily endorse the requirement that every NYT reporter must make such a jump...
IIRC, Burt hadn’t gotten the landing quite right in that one. };^)
Those serials were awesome( $.25 movies on Sat aft .) . We used to flick fake dials on our chests and leap off the curb to mimic that guy .
Aww, c’mon. They can probably get down to 60MPH or so at touchdown. All they have to do is run it off...
I sure hope Youtube carries the video of this. Ya think it will be in the face-plant category?
THere is nothing like sky diving! I love it. You ought to try it just once!
“Besides, with “wings” this small, he’d really have to be cooking and he wouldn’t want to even think about touching the ground at that speed.”
Would a tail hook solve that problem?
Are they gonna’ first hollow out their bones so that they can float like a bird?
I hope they aren't buying their gear from ACME...
Its not the fall that will get you but the sudden stop.
That’s not flying. It is gliding with a fairly rapid rate of descent.
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Wonder how putting your arms out when there is no atmosphere works.
I have to disagree. The landing is guaranteed, walking away may be problematic.
I guess that what they used to say when I was in the Army years ago is still true. The only thing that falls from the sky is bird$#it and idiots.
Looks to be about 25 square feet of wing. At 200 pounds total weight, thats about about 8 pounds per foot.
If he can perform the flare correctly, he’ll have a stall/landing speed of around 60-80 mph.
If he can run really fast, he’ll do OK.
How about some little wheels ?
pretty funny. I tried to get a friend to sky dive w/ me she was afraid of breaking bones. I told her she didn’t need to worry about that it was a matter of living or dying.
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