Flying Squirrel Suit – Pics and videos of a winged flying suit, closely resembling a flying squirrel, that daredevil base jumpers and parachutists are now experimenting with as the ultimate aerial thrill.
Here’s a photo of a guy in a flying squirrel suit doing a base jump:
Here’s what an actual flying squirrel looks like:
Designs for the winged flying suits vary, but all try to provide winglike extensions from the arms and a stabilizing “tail” effect by enclosing the space between the legs.
Here you can see what a wing suit looks like from above and below:
Here it is from underneath looking up:
Winged flying suits have captured the imagination of storytellers since man dreamed of flying. But the suits’ practical use began to take hold in the early 1990s, when a modern version created by Patrick de Gayardon improved safety.
Modern winged flying suit design features tightly woven nylon sewn between the arms and torso, creating wings that fill with air and create lift, allowing for forward motion and aerial maneuvers while slowing descent.
As the $1,000 wing suits have become more sophisticated, so have the pilots. The best fliers, and there are not many because it is so dangerous, can trace the horizontal contours of cliffs, ridges and mountainsides.
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“Wing-suit flying totally changes the way you fly and you jump,” said Mr. Jean-Albert, who is seen in his YouTube video above skimming barely six feet above skiers in the Swiss Alps. “It creates a third dimension because in normal skydiving your trajectories are pretty vertical.”
And that’s the latest news on the flying squirrel suit.