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What Jeb Corliss Saw While Crashing



Wingsuit flying is a new sport. It wasn’t until about a decade ago that the first commercial wingsuits were manufactured for skydivers who had logged more than 200 jumps and yearned for something new.

Instead of just falling, in a wingsuit you can glide 2.5 meters for every meter dropped. At least that’s what an instructor will tell you.

Today, experienced wingsuit pilots are still discovering what’s possible. Last May, wingsuit pilot Shin Ito set the world records for the longest wingsuit flight (14.4 miles), longest flight time (5 minutes, 22 seconds) and fastest speed (226 mph).

But perhaps more than any pilot, Jeb Corliss determines, or better yet, collides with the boundary of what’s possible. We showed you this incident before. Now we’re bringing it to you from a whole new angle.

On January 16, Corliss took off from the top of Table Mountain in South Africa and nicked a rocky outcropping. While tumbling through the air, Corliss thought his life was about to end.

“One part of my brain was just going through this concept of fly, fly, fly, fly… keep going, keep going,” he tells ABC News’ Dan Harris. “The other part of my brain was like going, well, why even pull at all. Basically, you’re dead dude.”

He wasn’t. Corliss was airlifted away with mulitiple leg fractures. As of February 23, he was still recovering in a South African hospital.

He vows to fly again.

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