Ever been tempted to shoot your parachute with a flare gun mid-flight? Well, this is what will happen if you do.
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…
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.
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…
I love this photo. There's something maternal about it, with that soldier about to break clean from the umbilical cord that joins him to the belly of the gigantic mothership.
Lucky Chance, professional badass, seems surprised himself to be alive. After flying off this cliff on the epically-named Death Swing, he did a triple backflip, counting on his chute to deploy. Only it didn't, leaving him to fall 590 feet to certain death.
Mathias Lachal did this video as his final school project. If I knew for a fact that I could move like this while in freefall, I'd have gone sky-diving long ago. Breathtaking. [Fubiz]
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]