the trick is to only jump half way

This guy jumps out of a perfectly good airplane -- and into another airplane.

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34 Responses:

  1. carus_erus says:

    It is unclear if this is more or less cool than the following:

    • pfrank says:

      BBC production qualities are higher I think, but jumping into a plane wins for me. Mostly because of the proximity of the whirling prop of doom.

  2. pumpkinkingx says:

    Given the content, I think listening to Recoil - Black Box (Pt. 1) would be more appropriate ;)

    • nelc says:

      The John Barry 007 theme. Though the Monty Norman James Bond theme is the perfect length to fit the clip.

  3. harryh says:

    Would have been more impressive if he wasn't wearing the parachute.

  4. rivetpepsquad says:


    Eat shit, Keanu!

  5. retardotron says:

    When performing a stunt that involves falling toward three rapidly spinning blades, don't forget to invite your mother.

  6. gths says:

    Bah. I've done that in GTA:San Andreas.

  7. zonereyrie says:

    Ah, I saw that on Stunt Junkies: Go Big or Go Home - which airs on Discovery. Which is where they must've picked it up, since the channel bug is in the corner.

  8. korgmeister says:

    And then, just to prove he has learned nothing, he jumps out of that one, too.

  9. ladyjalana says:

    Is it really *another* airplane? Looks like the same C-152 to me. And they usually have a two-bladed prop.

    • lars_larsen says:

      Its a cessna 182C, and yes, it has a 2 bladed prop.

      • ladyjalana says:

        Ah, yes...while the fusilage size is hard to judge, the width of that doorway is quite a giveaway. No way that's a 152.

        And I'm convinced it's the same plane: note how it's in a full-tilt dive while the skydiver is in the position that gets him maximum lifting-body action.

        That dive is freaky to watch...I wonder how long he can be that far nose-down without redlining the airspeed?

        • lars_larsen says:

          Yeah, if it were a 152, he would have landed in the pilots lap :)

          It freaked me out at first too. My first thought was "overspeed!" but he had deployed a drouge chute on it that they released once the guy was in the plane.

          We barely get a look at the first plane, but I dont think they're the same plane. When a skydiver jumps out, they move backwards away from the plane because of drag, as well as down because of gravity. Basically the plane would have to turn around, dive at ridiculously dangerous speed to get below and in front of the skydiver, deploy a drouge chute and slow down. It just seems so much easier to use two planes.

    • editer says:

      I had the same thought and watched it pretty closely. I'm sure it's the same plane.

      Which doesn't make it less cool, of course.

      I expect an action movie sometime soon in which the hero has to jump from one plane to another during a chase sequence or something.

      • nelc says:

        How can it be the same plane? He's plainly falling out of the first plane, while it carries on at speed, and catching up with the second, free-falling plane.

        Or are you suggesting two different shoots: the first, an ordinary jump out of a plane; the second, jumping out of a diving plane, paddling about in the air a bit and then catching up with the plane again? Sounds more difficult than just jumping from plane to plane. More difficult and less interesting, I have to say.

        • ladyjalana says:

          When the skydiver leaves the plane it's not really "at speed"; it's in relatively level flight, right on the edge of a stall, with the prop windmilling--no power applied. When they join up again it's in a completely nose-down dive...with the power still off.

        • editer says:

          What <lj user="ladyjalana"> said. Also, check out the interior shots taken from the rear. Besides the plane itself looking identical, the pilot's hair is the same, and the straps over the back of the seat are the same.

          • lars_larsen says:

            The opening shot of the sequence is the "catch" plane starting his dive, with only the pilot in it. It cuts quickly to a plane with 2 divers jumping out a large door well rear of the pilot, with a corrugated roof, and a the pilot holding a huge camera pointed out the WINDOW to his right. Clearly different planes. I didn't notice this at first, until I used the awesome power of the pause button.

            • editer says:

              By golly, you're right!

            • nelc says:

              Using this hi-tech "pause" of which you speak, it can also be seen that the first plane has its door situated differently to the second -- that is, behind the wing as opposed to under the wing -- and that the second plane has its registration number reversed out of a black line along the tail, whereas the first has no visible tail markings.

              • lars_larsen says:

                If the first had any visible tail markings I would have told you what type of plane it was :)

              • decibel45 says:

                Actually, it is the same plane. That's a clip from a 30 or 60 minute TV show that talks all about the entire stunt.

                Basically, before that guy jumps, someone else jumps first, with the drogue chute for the plane, so that's already deployed as the jumper who re-enters the plane has exited.

                Depending on the aircraft and wind conditions, it can take a *long* time to get horizontal seperation from the plane. And one of the shots shows him in a full-on track, heading towards the plane. A good track can easily give you a horizontal velocity of 60MPH, so it wouldn't be terribly difficult to catch up to a 182.

                This might even be possible to do without a drogue, using a turbine aircraft that is rated for putting the prop into beta (reverse thrust) while in flight. And if I'm not mistaken, there are wingsuit fliers that have re-entered an aircraft.

  10. rosefox says:

    It's not a perfectly good airplane: no seats and no doors. Skydivers take an obscure sort of pride in this.

    • ladyjalana says:

      No, look more closely. One seat and one door. It's really hard to fly a plane with no seats at all.

  11. dougo says:

    The sky is so littered with falling airplanes these days, you can't help but fall into one.

  12. shabbydoo says:

    Skydiving Magazine ran a somewhat detailed article about this stunt. The "receiving" plane had a drogue parachute attached to its tail. The pilot cut engine power and deployed the drogue so that the plane was falling almost vertically and at about the rate of a skydiver. You can see in the video that the pilot cuts away the drogue after the skydiver is inside.

    • nelc says:

      Is the drogue to slow the plane? I thought it looked a bit small (though it's hard to tell). I guessed it was there to stabilise the plane, to prevent it going into a spin.

      • lars_larsen says:

        Planes go into spins when they're going too slow, not too fast. Planes are very aerodynamic, and at that angle of attack they go really fucking fast. So fast they would be damaged. It would also go too fast for a skydiver (who is less aerodynamic) to catch up with.

  13. ek_arc says:

    A similar stunt was performed back in the mid/late nineties when the Guiness World Records TV show was still airing. In that one, a man who had invented a webbed diving suit jumped out of a diving plane, glided about it, and then sailed back into it. He set the world record for the longest distance traveled during a 'freefall', using the suit he landed some 3 miles from where a diver without the suit had landed. He died while attempting to break his own record the following year.