1995: Flying Into a Plane
The Jump: Frenchman Patrick de Gayardon, at the time arguably the world’s best skydiver, starts experimenting with a homemade wingsuit that uses two layers of fabric, creating rigidity and loft. He jumps out of a plane over Chambery, France, flies alongside it, then flies back in to its cargo hold.
Why It Matters: “It’s probably the most important moment in the sport. No one thought you could do something like that, fly into a plane like that — myself and others have tried to repeat it. And he did it in a homemade suit, basically his own creation,” says Jeb Corliss. “He took wingsuits from a stunt to a sport,” says Gerdes.Back to top