Humans CAN Fly.

Hi,
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As you all know by now, I am a complete cissy.
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Just the thought of doing something more dangerous than drinking too much, makes me break out in a big sweat.
But I am totally fascinated by those who seem to have a need to confront danger in a full-on way.
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I have already done a post about adrenaline junkies, but now I have been reading about those people who fly like birds by using windsuits.

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Basejumpers wear the windsuits and fly inches away from the sides of mountains at 100mph.
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Wingsuit proximity flying is possible because the suit adds surface area to the human body.
It is basically the same principle that is used by flying squirrels.
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There are many well known men who do this unbelievable extreme sport.

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Men such as Jed Corless, who apparently has a condition known as ‘counterphobia’, which means he has a pathological desire to confront fear, needing to do what he most fears and overcome it.
He actually succeeded in coming down the Matterhorn in a Teflon jumpsuit, only pulling his parachute at the last possible moment.
Stupendous!
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These suits were invented by a Frenchman called Patrick De Gayardon and then other skydivers continued to develop his basic principle.

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Two enthusiasts called Robert Pecnik and Jari Kuosma finally succeeded in perfecting the modern version of the wingsuit.
It was these two men who then set up a company called ‘Birdman’ in order to make and market their creations.
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This is a video of wingsuit cliff jumping.
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And another one of an amazing base jump.
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My goodness, they are awesome to watch.
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I actually found it stressful the first time I saw the films because they are so impossible, but they are also soooo beautiful too.

Perhaps some of you may actually rush out and buy a suit immediately, leopardskin would be bang-on fashion!

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Have fun.

J,x.

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