Anyone watching the "birdmen" on 60 Minutes?

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    gee ... wonder what the mortality rate is?
     
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    A-MAZE-ing.
     
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    I'm watching. yes amazing. What a thrill it must be!
     
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    What these guys do is glide, not fly. It's really just controlled falling. They have the chutes for landing. They use small airfoils which change the descent ratio to almost 2:1.

    I've been doing flexifoil kiting since I was 18 (on land, I can't surf). I even made my own from ripstop and a 'borrowed' fiberglass rod. The speed of these things is amazing, but if you want real power, you need to move up to the parafoil. These were used to carry tanks and jeeps across rivers in WWII. If you give it a good pull, it can lift you off the ground for over 5 seconds and up to about 20'. I've seen guys travel over 100'... while doing acrobatics in the air. It's fun, but still not 'flying'.
     
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    thanks killjoy. :mad::wink:


    we know it isn't "real" flying...but, still it is amazing. a windsuit is still amazing, and i have no doubt, eventually, technology will take it even farther and farther.
     
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    Supposedly, one in sixty BASE fliers will die each year.
    How many individual flights that makes on average, I dunno.
    I would be killed my first day out.
    It looks wonderful, but I think they've gotta be shit phukhin bonkers, every last one of them.
     
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    I know, but I see "flying" all over the place. If they strap a jet engine to their back, then I'll become a fan.
     
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    well, hopefully that is the next step...that would be cool.
     
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    just as dangerous as it looks ...
     
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    It's still very impressive and the film footage was quite elating. What a feeling that must be even if you're only controlling falling. What a rush!
     
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