What It Looks Like When One Wingsuit Jumper Films Another

As they fly through the Alps together.

Wingsuits! They’re amazing! They’re like those jetpacks everyone wanted, but they work with physics!

And we’re fans of them here at The Atlantic. We’ve covered documentaries about them, stunt Chinese mountain jumps, and even wingsuiters doing non-wingsuit things (like, y’know, tightrope walking between hot air balloons). We just generally like watching people use the 21st-century devices, which are—essentially—parachutes that fill the gaps between the wearer’s limbs.

And now, you’ll see, we’ve added this particularly fine wingsuit video up above. Why is it so cool?

Because it’s one wingsuit jumper… filmed by another.

That’s right. There are, in fact, two wingsuiters in this film: the one in the frame, and the one holding the camera. And because a wingsuit wearer is holding a camera, you get a view of just what wingsuit flying feels like that I’ve never quite seen before. The perspective—just up and above the subject—feels like Wingsuit Jumping: The Video Game. It gives a sense of the funny, wondrous scale that the suits make possible, a scale where the trees are large enough to be real but small enough to be seen at a glance. The scale of a toy.

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Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.

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