Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight by Matt Higgins

By Matt Higgins

A gripping chronicle of skydivers, BASE jumpers, and the newest aerial pioneers at the edge

Human flight is among the final nice demanding situations on the earth. unlike how the Wright brothers flew, yet how we fly in our dreams.

This is the objective of the Wingsuit touchdown venture: to start throughout the sky at hurries up to a hundred mph, over distances as much as 4 and a part miles, and to land with out assistance from a parachute. at the very least part a dozen teams around the world have taken half, from France, South Africa, Australia, Russia, and Britain to the U.S.. This venture is the production of thirty-seven-year-old adrenaline-seeking Jeb Corliss, Jr., a Southern Californian who seeks to emulate a style of flight extra like a flying squirrel than chook or airplane. the chances of the wingsuit suggestion have captured the human imagination— from the legendary Icarus to loved personality Wile E. Coyote—but the consequences have frequently been disastrous. New designs constructed during the last 20 years have made the wingsuit a little more secure and extra predictable, yet monstrous risks nonetheless remain.

Journalist Matt Higgins won intimate entry to wingsuit pioneer Corliss; a brash, publicity-hungry wealthy child from los angeles who, after years of BASE leaping and skydiving, got down to be the 1st individual to be dropped 2,400 toes and land completely by way of a wingsuit. yet someplace within the united kingdom, a forty-two-year-old guy of regular skill used to be plotting to overcome Corliss at his personal $3 million video game. His identify was once Gary Connery. besides a world team of wingsuit devotees—including a Finnish magician, a parachute tester from Brazil, an Australian laptop programmer, a gruff former Hollywood stuntman-turned aeronautical engineer, a French skydiving champion, and a South African gown designer—Corliss and Connery race to jump into the unknown because the world’s most desirable wingsuit pilots. This race will approximately rate one of many opponents his life.

Bird Dream is a riveting, adrenaline-fueled narrative a few workforce of unforgettable characters who danger every thing to accomplish man’s age-old dream of flying. Chronicling every little thing from stunt parachuting in Sixties Hollywood to BASE leaping off landmark structures in big apple to wingsuit flying in South the USA, fowl Dream takes readers to the leading edge of this new frontier—as good because the unusual technology and fearless heritage that experience led us to this awesome aspect within the human experience.

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