Wing suits are both extremely dangerous and extremely cool, and a guy just strapped on one of those flying squirrel outfits and flew an astounding 18.2 miles.
Former Navy SEAL Andy Stumpf recently jumped out of a plane at 36,000 feet while rocking a wing suit and managed to glide 18.257 miles — shattering the previous record of 17.5 miles. To show how dangerous this can be: The guy who held that 17.5-mile record, Jhonathan Florez, actually died in a wing suit crash last year. So, yeah, this hobby is almost certainly not without its risks.
As Popular Science notes, Stumpf suited up for a worthy cause, and partnered with headphone company Skullcandy to perform the jump as a fundraiser for the Navy SEAL Foundation Survivor Support Program. That organization offers services and assistance to the families of fallen SEALs. Stumpf actually dedicated his jump to all fallen SEALs, as well as Florez.
Check out his white-knuckle thrill ride below and let us know what you think:
(Via Popular Science)