10 Uplifting Inventions for Personal Flight

Base Jumping
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With the advent of wing suits made of baffled fabric, base jumping has become the extreme sport that some "birdmen" were looking for. Leaping off of man-made towers or natural cliffs, the base jumpers either pop a parachute or glide through the air at high-speed, using their inflatable fabric wings. However, many base jumpers die from accidents each year, including the first wingsuit jumper Patrick de Gayardon in 1998.