Last weekend, five veteran skydivers got a view of New York City normally reserved for birds and Marvel superheroes.
The team of wingsuit-wearing flyers, known as the Red Bull Air Force, glided over the southern tip of Manhattan at an astounding 120 miles per hour.
HOW LONG DID THIS JUMP TAKE TO PLAN?
Provenzano: We had to get the permissions from the FAA and also from the city. It was a lot of permits. It took months.
Chmelecki: We practiced. We went to upstate NY to a place called the ranch and we practiced on Saturday – our line and we did some math, figuring out how we were gonna put it over the city – we only had one shot so …
WHAT WAS THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?
Chmelecki: For me, my focus was my wingman to my left, so pretty much I could see him most of the time. But I could see Manhattan and I could see the Freedom Tower – I was like 'Oh my god, that’s the Freedom Tower.” I could see Jersey, but mostly I was just breathing and focused on my wingman.
Provenzano: I mean this one tops it ... I have some cool jumps set up over the summer but this was probably number one.
Chmelecki: To jump over NY felt absolutely amazing. It was such a beautiful morning and the buildings were shining. And Jersey on one side, NY on the other. It felt awesome.
Provenzano: I’d been looking forward to do this for maybe like 2 or 3 years, I’d been talking about this and it was just like a dream come true to finally make it happen.
HOW DOES THE SUIT WORK?
Provenzano: You have a lot of control with these, you can control your angle. Go steep. You can flatten out, you can control your speed too so you can go faster or slower. It’s a human kite.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Chmelecki: The landing. It was definitely challenging landing on that small barge in the water.
Let us know below, would you ever want to do this jump?