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Wingsuited Madman Risks His Life for Veterans Charity
A wingsuit is a remarkably simple invention that allows the wearer to soar through the air like a flying squirrel, arms and legs outstretched, floating on a pillowy cushion of his own sheer insanity. Of the many ways human beings have devised to get themselves killed, it’s one of the most awe-inspiring and effective. During 2016, the deadliest year ever for wingsuiters, there were more than 30 fatalities. That number is due mostly to the sport’s popularity. As former Navy fighter pilot and BASE jumping aficionado Richard Webb told National Geographic, “Right now, wingsuit BASE jumping is, globally, the hottest thing going for the impressionable, 18- to 35-year-old single-male demographic.”
No wonder, since it’s cool as fuck.
Fraser Corsan is one of the most experienced wingsuiters in the world. According to the project’s website, the combined distance of his 1,300 jumps would get you from New York to Mumbai.
Now, in an effort to raise £1 million for the British veterans’ charity SSAFA, Corsan has set a big challenge for himself, breaking the records for highest altitude (37,265 feet), longest jump (9:06 minutes), furthest distance (19 miles) and fastest speed (234 mph) . . . in just two jumps. Check it out.
And here’s a nice compilation video of wingsuiters doing what they call “proximity flying” which is basically just flying absurdly close to trees, rocks and other hazards. Real dumb!
As New Scientist points out, in order to break the record for height, Corsan will have to leap from a plane flying higher than most commercial flights into air that’s less than 60 below. We wish him the best of luck. He’s batshit crazy but at least it’s for for a good cause.
You can donate to UK veterans on his behalf here.
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Supreme Court to consider whether military personnel can be prosecuted for rape long after the crime occurred
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My brother earned the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives — but only after he was left for dead
"As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night."
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.
They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.
As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night. After many delays, the mission should and could have been pushed one day, but Szymanski ordered the team to proceed as planned, and Britt "Slab" Slabinski, John's team leader, fell into step after another SEAL team refused the mission.
But the "plan" went even more south when they made the rookie move to insert directly atop the mountain — right into the hands of the bad guys they knew were there.
The leader of a Chicago-area street gang has been arrested and charged with attempting to aid the ISIS terrorist group, the Department of Justice said Friday.
Jason Brown, also known as "Abdul Ja'Me," allegedly gave $500 on three separate occasions in 2019 to a confidential informant Brown believed would then wire it to an ISIS fighter engaged in combat in Syria. The purported ISIS fighter was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, according to a DoJ news release.