Video: The freaky double deaky “human flying squirrel” clip

posted at 12:57 pm on January 5, 2009 by Allahpundit

Can it really be the must-see video of 2009 if it’s three months old? Two different tipsters, crowning their e-mails with the subject header “Dude!”, say yes. If not for his deafening silence on Gaza, I’d call it a metaphor for The One’s first months in office. Evidently he prefers not to fly this close to the rocks.

Starts slow-ish, but hang in there until 1:30.


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Oh, you finally found these guys?

Count to 10 on January 5, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Everyone should do this at least once in their lifetimes.

jay12 on January 5, 2009 at 1:01 PM

I’m so doing that. Didn’t Ace have that vid up a while back?

Free Constitution on January 5, 2009 at 1:02 PM

GULP!

I have a new appreciation for Acrophobia

Kini on January 5, 2009 at 1:05 PM

I can never ski the same way again…I’ll just be wishing I had one of those suits.

Of course, I didn’t see any of those guys actually land now…

JetBoy on January 5, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Straight up Epic. Homeric. Beyond awesome.

Mike D. on January 5, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Aw hell no. I am so not doing that. I have to wash my hair that day.

rbj on January 5, 2009 at 1:09 PM

So is there now a market for disposable skis?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 5, 2009 at 1:10 PM

They actually have some of this footage on the bonus disc in the Dark Knight where they show some technologies that can be seen in some batman movies/comics. It’s awesome to see in HD on the blu ray version.

dalejrfanfreak on January 5, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Wow, I think I have done this in my dreams. Flying along . . .

Maybe that is one reason this has appeal.

Ken McCracken on January 5, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Somewhere there is a Jamaican that is really, really rich.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 5, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Double the deaky, and thrice the freaky.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 5, 2009 at 1:14 PM

looks like fun

ThackerAgency on January 5, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Of course, I didn’t see any of those guys actually land now…

JetBoy on January 5, 2009 at 1:06 PM

I was thinking the same thing, but in the end the were shown deploying chutes. I was really interested in seening a terminal velocity landing.

loudmouth883 on January 5, 2009 at 1:15 PM

seening?

seeing

loudmouth883 on January 5, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Homeric.

Mike D. on January 5, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Hey now, let’s not be offensive. Those people have as much right to get married as we do, and so long as they keep it behind closed doors, then I am cool with it.

kiltedscotsman5 on January 5, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Great, now I need flying squirrel insurance on my car.

Limerick on January 5, 2009 at 1:19 PM

I trust that they went to the restroom first, ’cause if it was me………

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 5, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Great, now I need flying squirrel insurance on my car.

Limerick on January 5, 2009 at 1:19 PM

better then Sky Diving Bum Insurance. Them pesky things falling out of the sky gets old!

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Great, now I need flying squirrel insurance on my car.

Limerick on January 5, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Don’t forget to get the “Bullwinkle” rider added on to your policy, too.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 5, 2009 at 1:21 PM

IN

SANE

Alden Pyle on January 5, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Holy crap, man, that’s crazy…even by my loose standards.
I’ve wanted to try wingsuit jumping for a while but not like that. I would need much bigger stones and an extra-strong adult diaper. My problem is that I’m short and fat and the wingsuit would probably just slow me to normal fall rate. As it is, my fellow jumpers have to tuck it in and I have to hug the beach ball to achieve similar fall rates.
Still…looks awesome! Blue skies.

SKYFOX on January 5, 2009 at 1:23 PM

They should have suits labeled with corporate banks.

Also also, I bet they could land if they get a paved strip at the right angle. Stopping is still an issue, of course.

TexasDan on January 5, 2009 at 1:30 PM

This was used in the Tomb Raider sequel years ago. Angelina was hot even in one of those getups.

Darksean on January 5, 2009 at 1:30 PM

I was thinking the same thing, but in the end the were shown deploying chutes. I was really interested in seeing a terminal velocity landing.

loudmouth883 on January 5, 2009

At the dropzone we talk about the perfect wingsuit being the one you can land without deploying a canopy. I don’t think it will happen but I would never bet against it. If it ever happens, next up will be human-powered take off and ascent. The ultimate dream of so many skydivers.

SKYFOX on January 5, 2009 at 1:30 PM

The ultimate dream of so many skydivers.

SKYFOX on January 5, 2009 at 1:30 PM

joy… more crap to watch falling from the sky.

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Skydiving is far and away the most fun sport on earth. There is a windsuit video of a group called ‘SoulFlyers’ where a guy flies his wing suit down a mountain. Not next to a mountain like these guys, but literally down a mountain, 15 feet off the ground.

BadgerHawk on January 5, 2009 at 1:34 PM

“Daring Darwin to Punch Your Ticket”

mojo on January 5, 2009 at 1:35 PM

I will do this when I’m 100% ready to die, maybe at age 93.

hanzblinx on January 5, 2009 at 1:35 PM

They should have suits labeled with corporate banks.

TexasDan on January 5, 2009 at 1:30 PM

They do. I’ve seen Red Bull chutes and a couple from car companies.

BadgerHawk on January 5, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Take the wingsuit, add jetboots, drop from hot air baloon.

Special Ops infiltrators of the future, says this wargeek.

LibertyBoyNYC on January 5, 2009 at 1:36 PM

One of the coolest things I’ve evah seen.

Thanks AP, happy new year!!

omnipotent on January 5, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Awesome.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 5, 2009 at 1:47 PM

I still think the Jet Man is cooler.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6gw9z_yves-rossi-jet-man-hublot-fusion-ma_tech

The music sucks but the video makes up for it.

darclon on January 5, 2009 at 1:55 PM

joy… more crap to watch falling from the sky.

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 1:32

Solution: don’t look up.
We do our best to avoid collisions with earthbound wuffos. We succeed…most of the time!

SKYFOX on January 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Take the wingsuit, add jetboots, drop from hot air baloon.

Special Ops infiltrators of the future, says this wargeek.

LibertyBoyNYC on January 5, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Yeah, if we’re both thinking it you know there’s some DARPA-esqe plan in the works that involves these suits.

Would a flying human body be picked up on radar?

TexasDan on January 5, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Solution: don’t look up.
We do our best to avoid collisions with earthbound wuffos. We succeed…most of the time!

SKYFOX on January 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

I didn’t look up. More or less the “Sky God Wannabe” fell on the hood of my truck due to the wind path.

He apologized and started walking away… as I followed him back to the DZ and asked how he was going to pay for my hood. Yeah, give me a break…

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Forget doing it, watching it is intense enough. Knowing that at any moment you could see one of them smack against the rocks and die…

Ortzinator on January 5, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Very cool, though I doubt I’ll ever be brave enough for one.

Esthier on January 5, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Chicks dig dudes with stone-ground fingernails.

whitetop on January 5, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Here’s the clip where the guy goes down over the mountain.

BadgerHawk on January 5, 2009 at 2:10 PM

darclon on January 5, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Well, Jet Man can mount missiles/cannons/frickin lasers to his wings and he can possibly dogfight, he’s certainly got that stuff going for him.

JetBoot Man is a bit more limited as far as arsenal. Maybe a cluster bomb can dangle from his belt buckle. Better yet, you can strap a countermeasures suite to his helmet and you dump him into the combat zone in advance of Jet Man, to jam enemy radar.

Not since Wile E. Coyote ventured into the skies above the Arizona desert has a bipedal mammal been so like an eagle flying free, and never since then have the possibilities seemed so endless as they seem now with JetBoot Man and Flying Squirrel Man and Jet Man.

Seriously though, I’m touched.

LibertyBoyNYC on January 5, 2009 at 2:12 PM

upinak,

I think you’re worried about one of these guys landing on you.

BadgerHawk on January 5, 2009 at 2:12 PM

upinak,

I think you’re worried about one of these guys landing on you.

BadgerHawk on January 5, 2009 at 2:12 PM

BH I can’t see the clip at work. I have some SD friends, they are pretty nice guys. But the reject falling on the hood of my car was from Nevada and I guess he didn’t expect to pay for a hood. My Friends and everyone else gave him crap… as I was driving out to the DZ to watch them.

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 2:14 PM

I don’t worry, I don’t cry. I am just glad that cows don’t fly.

Thank you. Straight from the third grade. It only took 33 years until I could use it in conversation.

juanito on January 5, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Awesome!

Richard Romano on January 5, 2009 at 2:16 PM

I demand a James Bond movie with dogfights involving these guys!

darclon on January 5, 2009 at 2:16 PM

“Everyone should do this at least once in their lifetimes.”

There’s a very sick joke buried in there someplace.

crosspatch on January 5, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Also also, I bet they could land if they get a paved strip at the right angle. Stopping is still an issue, of course.

TexasDan on January 5, 2009 at 1:30 PM

That’s easy. Wear roller blades.

pedestrian on January 5, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Watching a video like this reminds me never, ever to underestimate the capacity of human beings to do the “impossible.” That video is just amazing.

furytrader on January 5, 2009 at 2:18 PM

The boys ain’t right. They are not right in the head.

meltenn on January 5, 2009 at 2:18 PM

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Did he pay for it?

Esthier on January 5, 2009 at 2:21 PM

This is one of those things in life that you have to get absolutely perfect every time you do it.

One small slip up. A split second miscalculation. an unfavorable gust of wind and you are extremely dead.

None of these dudes will do this very long and see old age.

Guardian on January 5, 2009 at 2:22 PM

I love hang gliding. But never thought that you could fly with a suit on. Not sure if I have the courage to do that. It is awesome!

sheebe on January 5, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Did he pay for it?

Esthier on January 5, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Yeah, but he complained about it the whole time. As my friends and what I guess were his friends telling him that he should have been more careful and why didn’t he pull down to the right or left if he knew he was going to hit the truck.

800 dollars for a new hood.

Want to hear what he said…. I thoguht it would be cool to drop in on the truck. Ididn’t realize she was going to be a witch about it. He got ejected from the DZ and asked never to return.

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Wicked.

juanito on January 5, 2009 at 2:27 PM

TexasDan on January 5, 2009 at 1:58 PM

I’m sure a human body could be picked up on radar and easily identified; I’m pretty sure a radar profile of that size can be targeted effectively. I’m darn sure it’s on DARPA’s radar.

I imagine a scenario in which 5,000 aviators [with comparatively modest training] clad in cheaply-manufactured [say, $10,000 - $15,000] jetboot units or jetsuit units advance towards a target – whose defenses now have to discern between and prioritize 5,000 incoming bogies. Even if only a handful of them are actually armed with an expensive, complex target-killing weapon, it would be like finding and swatting at the hornet within a swarm of honeybees, as they gather around your eyes. Imagine that, if you would.

LibertyBoyNYC on January 5, 2009 at 2:29 PM

I could never do this. I have acrophobia. This fall I finally did a zip line. Worst part was climbing the pole up to the platform. It was like a telephone pole, but the hand/foot holds up near the top were not very user-friendly. Made me much more nervous than rock-wall climbing, even though I was harnessed and belayed.

Snidely Whiplash on January 5, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Want to hear what he said…. I thoguht it would be cool to drop in on the truck. Ididn’t realize she was going to be a witch about it. He got ejected from the DZ and asked never to return.

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Hah. So what, he wants someone to land on and mess up his vehicle?

Some people are still kids no matter what their ID says.

Esthier on January 5, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Hah. So what, he wants someone to land on and mess up his vehicle?

Some people are still kids no matter what their ID says.

Esthier on January 5, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Yeah, and these boy-men seem to come up here thinking it is free and wild. I am kinda tired of it myself.

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 2:32 PM

TexasDan on January 5, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Further, imagine that 10 aviators out of the 5,000 are arrayed with countermeasure equipment, and another 10 are armed with kill weapons. An enemy would have to pick 20 real threats out of 5,000 bogies.

LibertyBoyNYC on January 5, 2009 at 2:37 PM

“Everyone should do this at least once in their lifetimes.”

If I did it, it would be once, and it would be a much shorter lifetime.

ksm on January 5, 2009 at 2:37 PM

This guy was on a Warren Miller video years ago.

Vincenzo on January 5, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Yeah, and these boy-men seem to come up here thinking it is free and wild. I am kinda tired of it myself.

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 2:32 PM

You can probably blame Chris McCandless for that.

Esthier on January 5, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Holy wow. That’s really nuts.

Jaibones on January 5, 2009 at 2:47 PM

God! That looks fun.

TheSitRep on January 5, 2009 at 2:51 PM

I have repelled, went on a zip line and went skydiving once and was thrilled; this is awesome…

DL13 on January 5, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Badger…
Saw that clip on a Warren Miller film a few years back and could not believe the precision and confidence demonstraited by these guys….wow, just wow!

dmann on January 5, 2009 at 3:02 PM

It’s unfortunate you had a bad run in with one of the A-holes in the sport. They are few and most DZ’s police their own because A: they are responsible adults, and B: they have enough trouble with airport authority. Don’t need the bad PR. Enough complaints and a DZ can get thrown off an airport. There are already too few DZ’s in this country. Unfortunately, we lost ours in Goshen last year.
Now I will have to drive to Fort Wayne/Angola. Good thing it’s worth it.

SKYFOX on January 5, 2009 at 3:33 PM

I love how they wear helmets, like that’s going to help.

jeffersonschild on January 5, 2009 at 3:44 PM

I will do this when I’m 100% ready to die, maybe at age 93.

You probably will when the bones are already weak and brittle unable to withstand pressure against your legs and arms in a wingsuit breaking them. Kind of like when you shoot a duck out of the air and see how their wings collapses and watch it fall down in a twirl. Yeah, be ready to die if your bones are already old and brittle.

Kokonut on January 5, 2009 at 3:55 PM

You can probably blame Chris McCandless for that.

Esthier on January 5, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Yeah, that idiot. His own damn fault he froze to death!

Kinda like Timothy Tredwell.

They are both from California…. and people wonder why I look at them odd if they say they are from that State. I am expecting them to do something extremely stupid… say smack a bear, live in a bus…

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 4:05 PM

It’s only a matter of time before we’ll be reading their obits, sad to say. Awesome, but you have to be a little crazy, or have a death wish, or both.

lionheart on January 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Yeah, it’s unfortunate he’s been romanticized for what was essentially a stupid and selfish act on his part, something even the Sean Penn film seemed to admit at the end.

Still, I can understand it in part. When I was a kid I wanted so badly to live somewhere, where adventures were common. I used the tree mulching plant next door and pretended it was a forest, but it was nothing. And it was full of rats, so I wasn’t really allowed there anyway.

I’ve gone hiking, but only with the proper tools and a guide the first two times. When I was in Colorado this last time, I kept passing hikers who were saying Alaska’s much better. If there’s any truth to that, I’m jealous and may have to trek up there sometime.

Esthier on January 5, 2009 at 4:20 PM

It’s all fun till some one puts an eye out.
signed
Mom

oakpack on January 5, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Needless risk.

Akzed on January 5, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Dang!

Tzetzes on January 5, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Not needless at all Akzed. I was faced with my mortality a few years ago and decided to skydive as it was something I had always feared. Although a cripple, I went tandem and discovered what I had been missing. The rush of standing on a small peg outside the pane, looking down thousands of feet and letting go when my instructor pushed off is something I will never forget. I learned with risk, some times comes great joy. I just wish I had learned that lesson earlier in life.

oakpack on January 5, 2009 at 4:54 PM

I kept passing hikers who were saying Alaska’s much better. If there’s any truth to that, I’m jealous and may have to trek up there sometime.

Esthier on January 5, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Hmmm, that is a good question. I have no clue. Hiking in CO and Alaska are two different things. CO, you don’t have the same foliage.. poison ivy is there, nor the LARGER anmials.. but at least it is nice and scenic.

Alaska.. from personal experience. When you hear some REALLY big “POP”‘s and it is on the side of a mountain you are climbing, trying to get to the top. RUN DOWN HILL! Moose are easy to meander and tick off when they can’t stomp you… via going around the alder and willow. Bear just don’t care. FYI if you come up.. and Bear Mace doesn’t work.

upinak on January 5, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Dude. I kept saying it over and over.

I have 53 jumps, 3 in a combat zone. We used to have contests to see who would pull their chutes last (I lost). But I cannot see myself EVER doing that.

But I’ve just decided to do some HALO jumps this spring.

Bigurn on January 5, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Part of this is from a video sent to me November 2007 — the link’s now dead but was no the biertijd site. Buzzing the overhang at awesome speeds!

desertdweller on January 5, 2009 at 9:25 PM

Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of a hat!

Again?

hillbillyjim on January 6, 2009 at 5:48 AM

I’m signed up for Motorcycle racing school but now I’m having second thoughts! This looks like way too much fun!!!

sabbott on January 6, 2009 at 8:50 AM

The rush of standing on a small peg outside the plane, looking down thousands of feet and letting go when my instructor pushed off is something I will never forget. I learned with risk, some times comes great joy. I just wish I had learned that lesson earlier in life.

oakpack on January 5

Good for you, oakpack. My daughter made her tandem one day before her seventeenth birthday, two years ago. She got to know the joy, closeness to God and pure adrenalin rush her dad has known for several years. And yes, it was what she wanted. I would never encourage anyone to experience that unless they want it…a lot. Without that desire, a little courage and a lot of faith, you will never climb out that door at 10 to 13K.

SKYFOX on January 6, 2009 at 12:06 PM