Stuntman Gary Connery (R) shakes hands with the 'wingman' cameraman before he boards a helicopter in Henley-on-Thames, west of London May 23, 2012. Wearing a specially developed wingsuit he jumped from a helicopter at 2,400 feet and landed without the use of a parachute.
Credits: REUTERS/EDDIE KEOGH
Leap and the net will appear...but not if you're not wearing a parachute.
British stuntman Gary Connery made a death-defying skydive Wednesday when he jumped more than 730 metres from a helicopter into a pile of cardboard boxes in what's being called the world's first successful parachute-less landing.
Wearing a specially designed wing suit, the 42-year-old reached speeds of more than 80 km/h as he plunged toward a wall of 18,600 boxes in a field at Henley-on-Thames, England, about 40 km west of London, reports the Telegraph.
It's a tense, silent 50 seconds of free fall before he landed to applause and cheers from the crowd of onlookers.
"I feel absolutely wonderful, I am overwhelmed," the Telegraph quoted Connery as saying afterward. "It was so comfortable and so soft. I got my calculations absolutely right."
In case the stunt went sideways, he did have a parachute. But by not deploying it, he became the first man to jump from such a height without one and live.
The stuntman's official biography said he's made 880 skydives and worked on movies such as Die Another Day and Indiana Jones.