The Wingsuit Flying Man Made It

By James Fallows

As mentioned last night, Jeb Corliss, the renowned wingsuit pilot, was scheduled to fly today through an also-renowned mountain gap in central China.

It was carried live on Chinese TV, and you can see the English version here, with the actual flight beginning at about time 1:45. The narration contains a number of stumpers. ("This is his second attempt, and this one is successful." Well -- what about that other one???) But the pictures tell the story.

Here's a screen grab as he shoots the gap. Corliss is the object with the silhouette of a flying squirrel.

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If you'd like to see a Chinese language backgrounder on the jump, it's here. If you check it out, you'll also get a look at the aesthetics of Chinese web design and see a pre-roll ad for fast food, modern Chinese style.

Congrats to Jeb Corliss and his team.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/09/the-wingsuit-flying-man-made-it/245614/