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Would You Jump Off This Cliff?

Some people don't need airplanes to fly. Would you suit up and jump off a cliff?

The modern wingsuit was invented in the mid 1990s. Jumpers using a wingsuit can amplify their glide distance up to 2.5x the normal vertical fall. With the suits, vertical speed can be reduced from 140 mph, down to 25 mph in some cases. Each jumper wears a parachute to arrest their descent once at a low altitude. Flying at extreme speeds this close to the ground is both exhilarating and extremely dangerous. If given the chance and proper training, would you try this out for yourself?


Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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