Missed Your Flight? Try Using a Wingsuit to Catch a Plane
Red Bull has a video of two French BASE jumpers, known as the Soul Flyers, who each use a wingsuit to catch a plane in the air. Like you do.
When the Olympics inevitably succumbs to the urge to introduce more extreme sports… sorry, X-TREME sports, it might already have a good place to start thanks to a pair of French BASE jumpers.
The video below was sponsored by Red Bull, a company that seems to be taking its slogan of “it gives you wings” a little literally these days. In the clip, French BASE jumpers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet, who together make up the group “Soul Flyers,” decided to jump off a cliff wearing wingsuits and try to land inside a plane in the air.
After that description, do you really need to know any more?
Given that there aren’t several warnings stating things like “this is the most gruesome video you will see all day,” and “dear god, the horror, the horror,” you can safely make the assumption that things worked out alright for them, even though it took a few tries. And in doing so, they provided an incredible and wild video.
But back to the Olympics. There are already plenty of crazy sports on the roster, and there is no shortage of people willing to do crazy things in wingsuits. So why not combine them? Sure, failing to connect might lead to a graphic and monstrous finish that might traumatize some viewers, but for those that survive the glory will last at least until the commercial break when people forget all about it and move on to the next event.
Sadly, the bold new sport of “Jumping off a Cliff and Hitting a Moving Target” won’t be part of these coming Olympics, which begin in PyeongChang, South Korea on February 9, but maybe next time. For now though, check out the video below. And if you want to see more insane and wild videos, Red Bull’s YouTube channel has no shortage of them.