Flying Free

What is the secret to jumping out of a helicopter at 2,400 feet without a parachute and walking away? Cardboard boxes. 18,600 cardboard boxes.

Gary Connery has numerous credits as a stuntman in TV and movies. He performed this latest stunt in Oxfordshire, UK.

“It was so comfortable, so soft,” Mr Connery told Sky News immediately afterwards.

“My calculations obviously worked out and I’m glad they did.”

His flight lasted approximately 50 seconds, during which he was cheered on by hundreds of supporters, including his son Cali, 14, and wife Vivian, who said she was “relieved it’s all over”.

The jump, which was recorded by dozens of journalists and camera crews, is expected to be watched all over the world.

It had taken 100 volunteers and friends six hours to build the landing strip, which was 350ft long, 40ft wide and 12ft high.

I don’t think I’ll be trying this any time soon.

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