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Transformers: Dark of the Moon," the third film in the robot franchise, hits theaters on June 29. And while the focus will continue to be on shape-shifting CGI stars like Optimus Prime, Shockwave, and Bumblebee, one of the film's most impressive stunts was achieved by real, honest-to-goodness human beings. Yes, really!
A buzzy promo for the movie features a behind-the-scenes look at a group of precision skydivers who wear "wingsuits" while soaring through the air at around 150 miles per hour. The wingsuits, which look a lot like something Batman might use, allow brave souls to maneuver around tall objects, like, oh, say, the Sears Tower. Indeed, one of the most impressive stunts in the movie is exactly that. Move over, special effects artists.
According to the video, Michael Bay first saw the jumping team on "60 Minutes."
most wingsuits have a 2.5 to 1 ratio. This means that for every foot dropped, two feet and half are gained moving forward
The wingsuit was showcased in the 1969 movie The Gypsy Moths starring Burt Lancaster and Gene Hackman.
1912 - Austrian Franz Reichelt leaps from the Eifeltower in a winged suit. The outcome is fatal, but it marks the beginning of many winged experiments in the years that come.
1930 - Several brave men such as Clem Sohn, Harry Ward and Leo Valentin put their mark on the discipline. Experimenting with new wing designs, risking life and limb to pursue their dream of flight. Most of them end up paying the ultimate price. But inspire many generations that follow.
Originally posted by Mercurio
Wingsuits are great because you can glide around like an eagle....definitely something I want to do
Austrian-born Felix Baumgartner set a new world record on July 31, 2003 when he became the first person to cross the English Channel with a carbon wing. From 30,000 feet (9,144 meters), Felix soared 22 miles (35 km) across the entire stretch of water between England and France, hitting a top speed of 220 mph.