Posted by: helldriversmovie | December 10, 2007

Christmas gifts for the thrill seekers in your life!

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Oh my God! Smashing your motorcycle through walls of fire or jumping a burning garbage truck now seem like mild-mannered activities.

Check out The New York Times feature about “wing suits,” a superhero-esque garment designed to let you jump out of a plane without a parachute.

Wing suits are not new; they have captured the imagination of storytellers since man dreamed of flying. From Icarus to Wile E. Coyote, who crashed into a mesa on his attempt, the results have usually been disastrous.

But the suits’ practical use began to take hold in the early 1990s… Modern suit design features tightly woven nylon sewn between the legs and between the arms and torso, creating wings that fill with air and create lift, allowing for forward motion and aerial maneuvers while slowing descent.

As the suits, which cost about $1,000, have become more sophisticated, so have the pilots. The best fliers, and there are not many, can trace the horizontal contours of cliffs, ridges and mountainsides.

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