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Special Forces Soldiers Could Be Zooming Into Combat Wearing Gryphon Stealth Wingsuits
Gizmodo.com ^ | 12/02/09 | Sean Fallon

Posted on 12/03/2009 3:17:09 PM PST by Reaganesque

Seriously, how awesome does that look? Imagine Special Forces soldiers zooming through the skies at 60 mph, covering distances of 30 miles or more without being picked up by radar. It could actually happen.

A group of German companies with expertise in parachute systems have joined forces to create the Gryphon Next Generation Parachute System. Designed for high altitude jumps, the Gryphon has a 6-foot wingspan and a glide ratio of 5:1, meaning that a solider can glide up to 30 miles in the air—60 if they go ahead with plans to add a small engine like the one used by Yves Rossy to cross the English Channel.

"All equipment is hidden in a lifting body optimized for stealth, the radar-signature is extremely low," says the Gryphon data sheet (PDF). "Detection of incoming Gryphon soldiers by airborne or ground radar will be extremely difficult."

Gryphon would also include a guidance system and heads up display navigation, which is all well and good, but it seems that the problem of landing still has to be worked out. Skydivers and daredevils using similar technology must deploy a traditional parachute in order to return to Earth in one piece. In order to get the most out of the stealth capability, it would be necessary to develop a way for soldiers to return safely to the ground using the wings alone. So far, there hasn't been any details on who might be interested in funding such a project, but this seems like too good of an idea to ignore. [ Danger Room via The Raw Feed]


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: airborne; assault; stealth; wingsuit
Pretty cool! I'm not sure just how useful this would be beyond special forces but this could certainly be interesting.
1 posted on 12/03/2009 3:17:10 PM PST by Reaganesque
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To: Reaganesque

ROFLOL, BS


2 posted on 12/03/2009 3:18:43 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Reaganesque

While Obama and leftist politicians control everything important? No thanks!


3 posted on 12/03/2009 3:22:59 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: Reaganesque

Add an small copter type rotor blades to the suit and let them auto rotate to land. ????


4 posted on 12/03/2009 3:25:49 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (This isn't the America I was raised in. Mrs Cleaver where are you?)
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To: Reaganesque
the problem of landing still has to be worked out.

Ah, its the landings that always get you.

5 posted on 12/03/2009 3:26:50 PM PST by centurion316
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To: org.whodat
Actually, not BS at all. Check out this video...
Wingsuit base jumping! (Must See Video Embed).

Wingsuits are a powerful tool in the right situation.

6 posted on 12/03/2009 3:28:59 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: Reaganesque

What will these disposable things cost, Half a mil a piece?


7 posted on 12/03/2009 3:29:22 PM PST by headstamp 2
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To: Reaganesque
Up in the air Junior Birdmen!


8 posted on 12/03/2009 3:30:44 PM PST by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: Reaganesque

To infinity and beyond!


9 posted on 12/03/2009 3:31:33 PM PST by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: Reaganesque

Trapper ready! Pull! boom!


10 posted on 12/03/2009 3:32:19 PM PST by Hot Tabasco
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To: Reaganesque

Looks like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to me.


11 posted on 12/03/2009 3:32:35 PM PST by IrishPennant (If you can accept losing, you can't win. ~ Vince Lombardi)
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To: Reaganesque

I saw a video awhile back of a guy using something like this and a small rocket to propel himself all the way across the English Channel.


12 posted on 12/03/2009 3:32:43 PM PST by killermosquito (Buffalo (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: centurion316
"the problem of landing still has to be worked out.

Ah, its the landings that always get you."

Well, they could always deploy air bags and bounce like the Mars Rovers!

13 posted on 12/03/2009 3:32:57 PM PST by libsrscum (Obama causes cancer.)
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To: Reaganesque

Sport Extreme Jumping.


14 posted on 12/03/2009 3:33:22 PM PST by bvw
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To: libsrscum

“the problem of landing still has to be worked out.

Attaching the little wheels to your feet and nose
might be painful.


15 posted on 12/03/2009 3:36:41 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: org.whodat
Flying Dude

Not as much BS as you might think. This guy isn't carrying any gear, but the wing parts are pretty small too.

I think the folks working on this are going to have a lot of fun trying it out.

16 posted on 12/03/2009 3:39:44 PM PST by slowhandluke (It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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To: Reaganesque

Do you get jump wings or a glider badge? (I’d give ‘em both)


17 posted on 12/03/2009 3:43:25 PM PST by Ben Hecks ("...a soldier's pack is not as heavy a burden as a prisoner's chains." - Eisenhower)
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To: Reaganesque

18 posted on 12/03/2009 3:45:01 PM PST by AFreeBird (Going Rogue in 2012)
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To: killermosquito

The same guy just tried to cross the Mediterranean but came up short due to bad weather. His next flight is going to be over the Grand Canyon.


19 posted on 12/03/2009 3:45:53 PM PST by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: Reaganesque
Please tell me what Romney has to do with .........Special Forces Soldiers Could Be Zooming Into Combat Wearing Gryphon Stealth Wingsuits
20 posted on 12/03/2009 3:51:39 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Reaganesque

Fear the Turtle, indeed!


21 posted on 12/03/2009 3:53:31 PM PST by rabidralph (http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/ http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: Reaganesque

His next flight is going to be over the Grand Canyon................ Yikes, he might end up going into it.


22 posted on 12/03/2009 3:53:44 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (This isn't the America I was raised in. Mrs Cleaver where are you?)
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To: slowhandluke
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-66AcTo9TU&feature=related

Jet man!

23 posted on 12/03/2009 3:59:05 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead. Bonus tag line: FAIL 246, Obama 0)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Just damn that’s cool!


24 posted on 12/03/2009 4:00:43 PM PST by Principled (Get the capital back! NRST!)
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To: Irish Eyes

Nothing. JR is making his opinion heard on every thread.


25 posted on 12/03/2009 4:02:12 PM PST by Reaganesque ("And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers.")
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To: Doomonyou

This one is amazing...

http://www.biertijd.com/mediaplayer/?itemid=4262


26 posted on 12/03/2009 4:04:03 PM PST by OregonRancher (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints)
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To: jimfree

falling with style :)


27 posted on 12/03/2009 4:05:30 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: OregonRancher
This video has been removed by the user

Anyway, those guys are nuts!

28 posted on 12/03/2009 4:05:45 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead. Bonus tag line: FAIL 246, Obama 0)
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To: AFreeBird

29 posted on 12/03/2009 4:06:00 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

GREAT video! thanks for that one.


30 posted on 12/03/2009 4:07:53 PM PST by robomatik
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To: Irish Eyes
Please tell me what Romney has to do with .........Special Forces Soldiers Could Be Zooming Into Combat Wearing Gryphon Stealth Wingsuits

It could be because the Romney men are so dedicated to avoiding ever serving in the Unites States military.

31 posted on 12/03/2009 4:08:46 PM PST by ansel12 (Scozzafava/Romney 2012)
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To: Reaganesque
Nothing. JR is making his opinion heard on every thread.

Thanks, I really could not figure out the connection.

32 posted on 12/03/2009 4:15:00 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Wrong my friend, it is a stupid ideal, should I say one that will not fly.
33 posted on 12/03/2009 4:29:26 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: wally_bert
Shamelessly ripped off from a commenter on that link... was too good not to.


34 posted on 12/03/2009 4:53:46 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: org.whodat
You, "my friend", are a contrarian, and as such you serve a purpose.

Like a sea anchor or a drogue, your wisdom (if it can be so called) is always in opposition to the future!

Hard to stand against the on-coming tide, eh?

35 posted on 12/03/2009 6:22:07 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Wrong, ding bat, there is something call lift-to-weight ratio. IT takes so much wing span to provide X amount of lift. Those little skinny guys are not full grown fully armed combat troops carrying their equipment on their backs. Science fiction is science fiction. Now back to the gate room.


36 posted on 12/03/2009 6:34:27 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat
Your resort to insult is in direct proportion to your own deep-seated fear that your are wrong.

So far, wing suits have a 3 to 1 glide ratio. That can only be improved upon.

We all know you...you cannot command our respect, but you are at least consistent.

And what's so wrong with being a useful contrarian?

We all just serve a purpose...is that beneath your dreams for yourself?

Please enlighten us!

Or is friendly banter beneath your dignity?

37 posted on 12/03/2009 6:48:12 PM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
LOL, I'm not wrong, a pretty picture is not reality. But feel free to send it to the boys at Myth Busters, they need new material.
38 posted on 12/03/2009 6:58:16 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Reaganesque

Whoever makes the first working unit will have it stolen by everyone after the first mission with it.


39 posted on 12/03/2009 7:54:09 PM PST by Bogey78O (Don't call them jihadis. Call them irhabis. Tick them off, don't entertain their delusion.)
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To: Reaganesque
Back in the 1970s there was a civilian that made a set of wings almost exactly like that, they didn't work well at all and he had to have a parachute in order to stay alive when he landed, otherwise, "SPLAT". I don't think those dinky a**ed wings will generate in lift at all. The parachutes(actual chutes)they use today are capable of gliding 50 miles to a target as it gradually descends.

I call BS on these wings, which aren't a parachute at all.

40 posted on 12/04/2009 1:14:27 AM PST by calex59
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To: Cold Heart
This guy is a master at falling in style:


41 posted on 12/04/2009 5:08:50 AM PST by Crolis ("Nemo me impune lacessit!" - "No one provokes me with impunity!")
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To: Doomonyou

I’d seen that link, but couldn’t find it yesterday. Looks like a lot of fun ...


42 posted on 12/04/2009 6:55:17 AM PST by slowhandluke (It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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