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Pilots on a holiday jet were left stunned when a 'flying man' whizzed past their aircraft at 3,500 feet.
The mystery man flew within 100 metres of the plane and left the pilots baffled as to how he was moving through the air, as neither could see a canopy suspending him.
There was also no sign of him on the radar and further checks failed to reveal any paragliders, parachutists or balloonists in the area at the time.
How far can you fly? When looking at how well a wingsuit flies, we generally speak about the glide-ratio (or Lift vs Drag). This is a number that indicates the forward distance flown for every meter of altitude that is lost. A wingsuit flown really well, has a glide ratio of about 2.5:1 (so 2.5 meters forward, for every meter you drop). When we skydive, we typically jump from 12.000 ft (4km) and open our main parachute at 3000 ft (1km). So we have a freefall of about 9000 ft (3km). At a glide-ratio of 2.5:1, this means we can cover about 7.5 km of distance. This distance can be even further if we are flying with the wind (downwind). Stamina is also a great factor, as it takes quite a bit of muscle strength to fly a wingsuit to its full capacity. That's why in general, the performance tends to be a bit lower on a full altitude skydive. People get better results on lower jumps, such as those performed within the sport of BASE jumping.
not sure if this guy could get even remotely close to the altitude required but one of the only other flying things ive seen comparable to the wing-suit
Rossy made headlines in 2003 when he flew 12 kilometres for the loss of just 3000 metres of altitude, achieving his feat by jumping out of plane wearing three metre, carbon fibre wings. The former military pilot, 45, who flies Airbuses for Swissair, spent five years developing his wings for his flying man project but went one better with his 'jet-man' project by adding two kerosene-powered jet engines to his original wing design to become the first man to fly like a bird: horizontally. At 7:30pm on June 24, 2004 Rossy dropped from 4000m over the Yverdon airfield. After opening the wings, he glided to 2500m, ignited the engines and waited 30 seconds for them to be able to stabilize and begins to open the throttle. At 16m, he achieved horizontal flight for more than 4 minutes at 100 knots (115 mph).
originally posted by: cleverhans
a reply to: aynock
I didn't think of wind blown trash, but that could be a possibility. I'm also now wondering if it could be a prank using a dummy and a drone, though I don't know if consumer drones can fly at that altitude.
originally posted by: SoEpic
It was me - I had some red bull
originally posted by: Another_Nut
did they look for a red stain on the ground in the vicinity of the sighting?