British Stuntman Falls 2400ft Without Parachute… And Lives


This is Gary Connery, a stuntman whose job is to confound expectations of mortality after throwing himself headlong into peril. That’s what it says on his passport and everything. Yesterday Gary threw himself out of a helicopter, hovering at 2400ft over the very real and very firm countryside of Henley, Oxfordshire, without any form of gravity-resisting assistance beyond the flappy wings on his special suit.

Here’s his special suit, which has earned him the nickname ‘Wingman’:

And here’s the fall, onto a specially-prepared runway of 1800 cardboard boxes:

Man he drops like a ROCK, doesn’t he?

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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