Skydiving is pretty terrifying on its own, even when you take into account necessary safety precautions. But what if you were to jump from an airplane without a parachute? If Luke Aikins’ stunt is any indication, you’d have to be highly skilled and train for two years before even attempting it. There’s also the issue…
Sean MacCormac is just like you and me. He puts his (probably very expensive custom sportswear) pants on one leg at a time, then straps a snowboard to his feet, cinches a parachute to his back, and leaps headlong out of a plane and directly into a thunderstorm above Florida.
Blue Origin, the notoriously-secretive space company, is launching its New Shepherd crew capsule this weekend. And, for the first time, you’re going to be able to watch it happen—right up to a pretty probable crash-landing.
Ever been tempted to shoot your parachute with a flare gun mid-flight? Well, this is what will happen if you do.
Whoa. Foxtrot Alpha says that this pilot ejected from his Hungarian Air Force JAS-39C single seat Gripen jet as it crash landed. The nose gear in the fighter jet had failed the pilot and he was forced to belly land the plane. When the plane hit the runway, the pilot ejected himself before things got worse.
A flying saucer plummeted through the skies over Hawaii today in the second test of NASA’s new Mars landing system. If this had been a real flight to Mars, we’d have just killed a rover by slamming it into the planet below.
The fantastically-named Supersonic Naval Ordnance Research Track, or SNORT, is a naval facility in the heart of the Californian desert. It’s also where NASA engineers let their evil side run free by wreacking havoc on innocent objects, using a rocket sled to destroy prototype parachutes destined for Mars
The angle of this photo of a paratrooper making a jump off a C-130 airplane is so perfect that it makes it seem like the soldier is using the Hercules aircraft as a surfboard of sorts. Obviously, he’s not standing on the plane (it’s just our perspective fooling us, or just me) but man, riding an airplane while outside…
A snowmobile weighs nearly five hundred pounds and isn't meant for flying and yet, that's what professional crazy person Antti Pendikainen did with his snowmobile. He gunned it down the mountain and then launched it off a cliff and then started soaring, reaching heights in the air typically meant for helicopters and…
Every person who has seen the movie Up and also enjoys dreaming about fanciful things every now and again has thought about flying away in balloons like Carl Fredricksen. Professional daredevil and crazy person Erik Roner just did it. He bought tanks of helium to pump up giant balloons to make him fly.
Now this is how you bail on a stunt: when the whole point of the stunt is to bail in the most epic way possible. The motorcyclist in the video flies his motorbike off a ramp, jumps off the bike while releasing his parachute and then lands right into the narrow river as the bike crashes before him.
This guy must have never been afraid of the dark growing up, kept pet spiders and snakes as a child and ate the weirdest foods without blinking because he has absolutely no fear. He goes from almost hitting a mountain to spinning down in between two buildings and swooping in for a perfect landing.
NASA is sending new and bigger spaceships to Mars, which means they need bigger supersonic parachutes. So big, in fact, that they don't fit in any wind tunnel anymore, so their engineers had to find new ways to test them. New crazy ways. Really crazy. In fact, it's the craziest test they got so far.
Because most of us will never take the literal leap of jumping off a damn plane, here's POV footage from the Leap Frogs aka the Navy's parachute team. For the San Diego Padre's home opener, the jumpers took off in a plane and landed right smack inside Petco Park. You can hear the roar of the crowd grow louder as they…
The only bad thing about this paragliding flight over the Great Wall of China is that it is way too short. I would love to do the entire thing like this guy.
The whole base jumping thing is getting out of hand. The Awesomerer found this video of Tom Erik Heimen setting himself on fire and jumping off a 3,900-foot cliff in Norway. The biggest risk, they say, was that the small parachute—called pilot chute—that it's used to deploy the actual parachute might catch on fire.…
Wait for it. Wait for ittttt. Waaaitttt forrr itttt. Waai... and then boom, there it is. This poor guy accidentally deployed his parachute too early. So early that he was still on the plane. As you can imagine, he immediately got sucked out of the plane. It's like a scene from the movies, the parachute drags him out…
This is not Captain America, but it's as close as you will ever get to feeling like a real superhero. His name is Robert Zackery, an he is a jumpmaster assigned to the USAF's 4th Air Support Operations Group.
In just a few hours the Mars Curiosity Rover will be on the surface of Mars. During the seven minutes of terror that will precede touch down, many things must work perfectly. The first critical piece is the parachute.
I really like this image of an airman jumping out of a USAF HC-130P/N King cargo aircraft. He really seems to be walking on air, like Wile E. Coyote running off a cliff while chasing the Roadrunner.