Video Of The Week - Wingsuit Jumper Sets Four Records With One Death-Defying Flight!

By Meera Dolasia on June 25, 2012

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Earlier this week, the folks at Guinness World Records confirmed that Colombian stuntman Jhonathan Florex had shattered multiple records on April 20th, 2012, when he flew off an airplane in his wingsuit from an altitude so high, that he had to strap along an oxygen tank.

During his almost ten-minute journey back to earth, the 29-year old broke four records - The greatest horizontal distance flown in a wingsuit (16.315 miles), The greatest absolute distance flown in a wingsuit (17.520 miles), The highest ever wingsuit jump (37,265 ft.) and last, but not least, the longest wingsuit flight ever (9min 6sec).

The best part is that besides being a daredevil, Jhonathan is also a professional filmmaker and photographer and was therefore able to capture his 'human flight' with the help of cameras attached to his back and helmet.

Jhonathan who declared it the best experience of his life, said that he had to undergo some vigorous training to get his body ready for the jump, which required traveling through winds of up to 120mph, whilst trying to stay afloat and maneuver his body in the right direction.

Wingsuits, also known as birdman suits or squirrel suits are not new, and have been used in some form or shape since the 1930's. However, over the years, they have become increasingly sophisticated, thanks to the invention of new materials and techniques. Jhonathan was wearing a state-of-the-art Apache XRW wingsuit that had been fitted with a GPS tracker and thermals to keep him warm against the -49°F temperature that he encountered, when he first leaped off.

Resources: nydailynews.com, Telegraph.co.uk

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  • micahbo
    micahboFriday, June 2, 2017 at 7:02 pm
    Me likely
    • breadstick
      breadstickFriday, December 9, 2016 at 6:30 am
      how did he do that?!?!?!
      • ????????Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm
        that landing is awesome.
        • CeciliaTuesday, November 24, 2015 at 5:39 pm
          Ok that was the most awesomest thing i have ever saw,
          • nsewThursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:04 am
            sooooo cool when you watch the vid
            • ctur123
              ctur123Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:33 am
              so cool
              • correyWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:29 am
                cool
                • diamondkid
                  diamondkidTuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:42 am
                  OMG
                  • ctur123
                    ctur123Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:38 am
                    why did you say that?
                  • kgr04
                    kgr04Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:59 am
                    coolnez
                    • YOLOSunday, September 21, 2014 at 7:23 am
                      GO COLOMBIA!!!!!!!!

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