Instead, 42-year-old Gary Connery relied on physics to guide him to safety by wearing a specially developed wing suit that created enough drag to slow his gliding speed
down to 50 mph and his vertical falling speed to 15 mph in the moments before he landed.
In order to successfully complete the audacious stunt, Connery had to flare his wing suit about 200ft from his target in order to bring his gliding speed
down to 50mph and his vertical falling speed to 15mph.
An experienced operational commander warned his crews: "Observers must be cautioned that when gliding down from work over the lines, they must not stand to look over the pilot's shoulder for the fun of the thing as the extra head resistance caused may lead to the aeroplane falling below the critical gliding speed
and so bring about an accident.
A GRANDMOTHER was still on cloud nine yesterday after breaking the women's world para gliding speed
After hitting the mountains, the air moves upward and downward in waves, which Payne used to set gliding speed
records including 167 mph over 300 kilometers - roughly 186 miles - between Inyokern and Big Pine and back, according to the Soaring Society of America.