Wingsuit flying. It’s an actual sport. This video is real, not a hoax. I’m blown away.
It’s also a stunningly well done video in its own right. You can watch the vide below – after about 2 minutes or so the video really picks up. But first a few images of these guys “flying.” It’s simply amazing.
Note the three very small dots in a row in the sky right above the cliff in the upper middle part of the photo:
Wingsuit flying is the sport of flying the human body through the air using a special jumpsuit, called a wingsuit, which adds surface area to the human body to enable a significant increase in lift. Modern wingsuits, first developed in the late 1990s, create the surface area with fabric between the legs and under the arms. A wingsuit may be referred to as a birdman suit, flying squirrel suit, or bat suit.
A wingsuit flight normally ends with a parachute opening, so a wingsuit can be flown from any point that provides sufficient altitude to glide through the air, such as skydiving aircraft or BASE jumping exit points, and to allow a parachute to deploy.
The wingsuit flier wears parachute equipment designed for skydiving or BASE jumping. The flier deploys the parachute at a planned altitude and releases the arm wings, if necessary, so they can reach up to the control toggles and fly to a normal parachute landing.