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Old 01-15-2010, 01:32 PM
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Man skydives without parachute -- is this real?

Here is the video. The guy, Travis Pastrana, jumps out of the plane with nothing but shorts, socks, sunglasses, and a can of Red Bull. Two other guys jump at the same time, with chutes.

Pastrana cavorts in the air for a few seconds, and then the other two guys hook up with him. One latches him on and pulls his chute; they go down in tandem.

It looks real. Is it? I know next to nothing about skydiving. Hooking up midair seems so chancy. Can you really be that confident of making contact with the other jumpers that you'd stake your life on it?
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:36 PM
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That's why he has the Red Bull, it gives you wings.

It's real, I've seen plenty of videos of this sort of thing. It is risky, though.
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Old 01-15-2010, 01:42 PM
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Sure it's real, and yes, it's chancy. These guys are apparently that confident. When you think about it, it's not that hard when everything works out- these guys have done enough jumps that they've got very good control in the air. If you can make contact and latch on with some system that you've worked out ahead of time, it shouldn't be hard. Unless something goes wrong, in which case you've got a horrible situation.
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:04 PM
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Anybody can do it once.
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:25 PM
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This Pastrana kid seems to be the new Evil Knevil.
He was also the first to do a double backwards motorcycle flip and also just set the new world record for an automobile ramp-to-ramp jump. He went 269 feet breaking the old record of 171 feet.
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:58 PM
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I guess you probably practice it a bunch of times while wearing a chute that you don't use.
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Old 01-15-2010, 02:58 PM
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How does a skydiver direct his flight so as to hook up with another diver? Is it enough just to angle one's body? Do you need something like webbing under the arms to act as a sail?
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Old 01-15-2010, 03:21 PM
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Here's a clip of some flat flying in a wind tunnel that illustrates some of the moves but it isn't narrated, which would be nice. Spreading yourself out results in more wind resistance and you fall slower, bringing your knees/arms in will make you drop faster and often at an angle depending on which. Subtle movements of the hands/arms/legs allow you to move in 3D space, spin, etc.
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:17 PM
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Yes it is real. Travis Pastrana is the second person that I'm aware of who has done this stunt, the first being Rod Pack back in 1960 or 1961. Mr. Pack jumped wearing a harness but no parachute. The harness had D-rings on the chest where the reserve was worn (at that time in the sport). Another skydiver jumped carrying a spare reserve, flew over to Mr. Pack who then hooked it up and deployed it to land.

The cameraman (and possibly others) had web straps attached to their own harnesses with snap hooks on the end so that if something went wrong (reserve got dropped in freefall) one of them could snap onto Mr. Pack's harness via the D-rings and land them both.

From what I've read, Travis Pastrana did his stunt when he had only about 100 jumps of his own. If you don't know much about skydiving that may sound like a lot but I would call that a very beginner level (it takes 25 jumps to get the basic "A" license). He is wearing a harness under his shorts (something like a climbing harness). Roughly speaking all he had to do was get into a stable arch and wait so not too complicated.

The skydiver who "saves" him was pretty experienced - at least a thousand jumps. They did this all in Puerto Rico, in part (I am assuming) because the USPA (not a governmental agency but the general governing body of skydiving in the USA) frowns on things that make the sport look bad and they'd probably come down hard on any domestic USPA certified dropzone that participated in the stunt.

As a stunt it's completely awesome and it says a lot about the steady nerves of everyone involved. I can see why some skydivers would cringe when they see it.

Hm, I was just looking for some video and found clips from a guy named Bill Cole who evidently did something similar at least twice back in 1969 and 1972. Haven't actually watched the video yet so can't vouch for it.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:19 PM
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I seem to remember a movie where something like that took place.

A character fell out of a plane without a chute, a second character puts on a chute, grabs another one and jumps after the first guy and they get the parachute on him and they both land safety, I also seem to remember reading that the stuntman that supposedly jumped without a chute actually had a spare camouflaged under some clothing in case they failed to linkup in flight.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:29 PM
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I seem to remember a movie where something like that took place.

A character fell out of a plane without a chute, a second character puts on a chute, grabs another one and jumps after the first guy and they get the parachute on him and they both land safety, I also seem to remember reading that the stuntman that supposedly jumped without a chute actually had a spare camouflaged under some clothing in case they failed to linkup in flight.
There was a James Bond movie where Bond (I think) jumped without a chute, fought the guy with the steel teeth in free fall, stripped a chute from Steel Teeth, and put it on himself, floating gently down while Steel Teeth went splat.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:44 PM
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I seem to remember a movie where something like that took place.

A character fell out of a plane without a chute, a second character puts on a chute, grabs another one and jumps after the first guy and they get the parachute on him and they both land safety, I also seem to remember reading that the stuntman that supposedly jumped without a chute actually had a spare camouflaged under some clothing in case they failed to linkup in flight.
Maybe Point Break?
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:31 PM
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Moonraker and Point Break both had scenes like that.

In Moonraker, it's the pre-credit sequence. Bond is the only passenger in a small plane when he discovers that the pilot and flight attendant plan to kill him by disabling the plane and bailing out with the only parachutes. Bond and the pilot fight, and the pilot gets pushed out the door. As Bond is watching the pilot fall, Jaws shows up and pushes him out. Bond catches up with the pilot, wrestles the parachute away from him, and puts it on. By this time, Jaws has also jumped and catches up with Bond. As Jaws is getting ready to bite his leg, Bond opens his parachute and slips from Jaws' grasp. Jaws pulls his ripcord, but the cable breaks and comically plumets toward the Earth.

I saw something once about how it was done, and they did have parachutes concealed under their clothes.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:11 PM
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Moonraker and Point Break both had scenes like that.

In Moonraker, it's the pre-credit sequence. Bond is the only passenger in a small plane when he discovers that the pilot and flight attendant plan to kill him by disabling the plane and bailing out with the only parachutes. Bond and the pilot fight, and the pilot gets pushed out the door. As Bond is watching the pilot fall, Jaws shows up and pushes him out. Bond catches up with the pilot, wrestles the parachute away from him, and puts it on. By this time, Jaws has also jumped and catches up with Bond. As Jaws is getting ready to bite his leg, Bond opens his parachute and slips from Jaws' grasp. Jaws pulls his ripcord, but the cable breaks and comically plumets toward the Earth.

I saw something once about how it was done, and they did have parachutes concealed under their clothes.
Poorly concealed if you know what to look for - in any of those scenes watch the view when the cameraman is above the stuntman and you can see his back. It'll be mighty bulky and have a very conspicuous seam running the length. That's the breakaway opening for the rig underneath.
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Moonraker and Point Break both had scenes like that.

In Moonraker, it's the pre-credit sequence. Bond is the only passenger in a small plane when he discovers that the pilot and flight attendant plan to kill him by disabling the plane and bailing out with the only parachutes. Bond and the pilot fight, and the pilot gets pushed out the door. As Bond is watching the pilot fall, Jaws shows up and pushes him out. Bond catches up with the pilot, wrestles the parachute away from him, and puts it on. By this time, Jaws has also jumped and catches up with Bond. As Jaws is getting ready to bite his leg, Bond opens his parachute and slips from Jaws' grasp. Jaws pulls his ripcord, but the cable breaks and comically plumets toward the Earth.

I saw something once about how it was done, and they did have parachutes concealed under their clothes.
Your memory is better than mine. Thanks for providing the details.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:52 PM
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Travis is also part of the regular cast of Nitro Circus, an excellent show that provides many quality "ohhhhhh shit!" moments.
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:18 AM
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Jaws pulls his ripcord, but the cable breaks and comically plumets toward the Earth.
Also, there was no splat. I don't remember how he gets out of it, but he's a fairly important character for the rest of the movie.
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:49 AM
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What an asshole. When he jumps out, he totally litters that can of Red Bull. I have no respect for litterers.
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:59 AM
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Also, there was no splat. I don't remember how he gets out of it, but he's a fairly important character for the rest of the movie.
See for yourself
http://youtube.com/watch?v=G45QJ...eature=related
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:53 PM
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What an asshole. When he jumps out, he totally litters that can of Red Bull. I have no respect for litterers.
As cool as he seems to be, I think we can assume that he actually threw the can back into the plane.
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:08 PM
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Big deal.

I just watched the newest Harold and Kumar adventure and they did the same thing WHILE they were being shot at by the homeland security agent.
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:41 PM
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Also, there was no splat. I don't remember how he gets out of it, but he's a fairly important character for the rest of the movie.
He brought the house down.

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Old 01-21-2010, 06:00 PM
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There's also another terrific scene from Terminal Velocity where a car is dropped out of a plane with a woman locked in its trunk, and Charlie Sheen has to make his jump, pursue the plane, unlock the trunk (he has the keys) and rescue the chuteless woman before the car hits the ground.
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Old 10-25-2016, 09:47 PM
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1st Parachuteless Skydiver - Rod Pack - 1-1-1965

The first person to perform the parachuteless skydive stunt was my uncle, Rod Hunt on Jan 1, 1965 over Arvin, California (near Bakersfield). Rod was a stuntman, racer, and expert trampolinist who had performed in Las Vegas, on television, and set motorcycle speed records by the time he made this jump at the age of 26.

He made the jump for an ABC Television Documentary "The Extraordinary Men of Our Time" that aired Saturday, March 13, 1965.

http://tvobscurities.com/2015/03...rch-13th-1965/

Rod and his cohorts were also featured performing the stunt within the covers of the Jan 15, 1965 LIFE Magazine:

https://books.google.com/books?id=tU...page&q&f=false

Two other accounts of the stunt can be found in parachuting histories at the following locations:

http://parachutehistory.com/skyd...dpackjump.html

and

http://starcrestawards.com/history/h...ys_part_1.html


In addition to the skydiving stunt, and other daring pursuits, Rod became acquainted with his contemporary, "Evel" Knievel, and collaborated with him in several capacities including initial planing of the Snake River Canyon jump that, originally, was planned to be a 2-man jump with both Evel and Rod, but, was scraped for the 1-man jump eventually attempted by "Evel", alone, without success in 1974.

In Rod's later years, he was an avid speed boat racer well into his 70s in northern California, east of San Francisco, before passing away just a few years ago (2012).

Rod was ahead of his time, in many respects and, as ABC's documentary coined him in 1965, was one of "The Bold Men" of his time.
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Old 10-25-2016, 11:04 PM
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Very interesting! Thank you for the new information.
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Old 10-26-2016, 01:26 AM
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The first person to perform the parachuteless skydive stunt was my uncle, Rod Hunt on Jan 1, 1965 over Arvin, California...
My emphasis. Hunt or Pack?

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I'm assuming that "Rod Pack" was a stage name, while "Hunt" was his real name.
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