SNORT Is Where NASA Engineers Destroy Next-Generation Parachutes

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 »6/04/15 9:28pm6/04/15 9:28pm

Cool photo of a paratrooper makes it look like he's surfing an airplane

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… »4/23/15 11:41pm4/23/15 11:41pm

Guy in a lawn chair gets lifted by giant balloons like in the movie Up

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. »12/23/14 2:03am12/23/14 2:03am

Daredevil jumps off his flying motorcycle and parachutes into a river

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. »12/12/14 1:34am12/12/14 1:34am

The craziest NASA test ever is this giant supersonic Goldberg machine

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. »4/10/14 9:44am4/10/14 9:44am

Watch the Navy parachute team jump and land inside a baseball stadium

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… »4/04/14 11:34pm4/04/14 11:34pm

Man on fire jumps off a 3,900-foot cliff in craziest basejump stunt yet

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.… »3/11/14 11:17pm3/11/14 11:17pm

Pulling Your Parachute While You're Still on the Plane Is Not Fun

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… »5/08/13 7:07pm5/08/13 7:07pm

These Guys Skipped Out on a Bar Tab By Parachuting Off a 63 Story Skyscraper

Have you heard this one before? Four guys dressed in business suits walk into a fancy bar and order a Negroni cocktail... that might sound like a start of a bad joke but in reality it's the beginning of a ridiculously awesome stunt. After finishing their drinks, the daredevils skip out on their tab by jumping off the… »3/16/12 12:40pm3/16/12 12:40pm

Trucks Flying Out of the Back of an Airplane Are Just as Awesome as They Sound

Sometimes, when you need a truck somewhere, you drive it there. Sometimes, you parachute it out of the back of an airplane. Here's how the US Air Force gets it done—the speed with which those humvees launch out of the plane is pretty spectacular. Make sure your toe doesn't get caught. [via AcidCow] »3/04/11 6:20pm3/04/11 6:20pm