Thursday, April 18, 2013

Real life Batman soars through rock arch at 155 mph in wingsuit (VIDEO)

Here's another extreme sport daredevil stunt that will make the adrenaline rush you get when you secure that last raisin bagel at Starbucks seem pretty lame.

This video of Alexander Polli wearing a wingsuit and navigating his way through a narrow cave at a speed of 155 mph has gotten over a million hits since it was posted on YouTube — and it's easy to see why.

Polli cuts through the air above some rugged terrain after leaping from a helicopter over the Roca Foradaad Mountains in Montserrat, Spain. The Italian-Norwegian Batman free falls for about 20 seconds before heading for the slit in the mountainside — barely wider than himself — and amazingly threads (1:36 of the video) the slim gap.

Wingsuit flying athletes slice through the air using a special jumpsuit, called — naturally — a wingsuit. The suit adds surface area to the human body to enable a significant increase in lift. 

In November 2012, Polli became the first jumper to successfully strike a wingsuit target. It was made of foam and around 10 ft tall.

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