Daredevil lands 'flying dagger' jump through mountain fissure
Daredevil Jeb Corliss has jumped from the Eiffel Tower, the Space Needle and other dizzying heights during his career, but his latest stunt had him slipping through the cracks.
His daring feat, dubbed "The Flying Dagger,'' Corliss, 37, involved jumping out of a helicopter wearing a special wingsuit and then flying through a very narrow "crack" in Mount Jianglang in China on Saturday. The fissure is only about 25 feet across between a 900-foot-tall fin of rock.
“It was the single gnarliest thing I’ve ever done in my life, without a doubt,” Corliss said after the jump, telling NBC News that he had never been so scared in his life.
His flight through the air was about the length of three football fields, and the stunt almost had to be put on hold due to windy weather conditions.
The stunt comes on the heels of previous death-defying feats such as flying only feet from the ground in the Swiss Alps in 2011 and swooping through an arch in the side of China's Tianmen Mountain a few months later that same year.
Corliss is a professional parachutist with 2,000 career jumps, and more than 1,000 jumps while wearing a special wingsuit that allows him to glide in the air. Over his 15-year stunt career he has made successful BASE jumps off structures like the Eiffel Tower, the Space Needle in Seattle, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia. But he has also paid a price physically on several occasions.
In 1999, he hit a waterfall in South Africa and his chute collapsed, leaving him with a broken back and lacerations. In 2009, he broke his leg after hitting a building in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, and in 2012, he broke both ankles and tore up one of his knees when he hit a ledge while in his wingsuit during a jump in South Africa. Corliss is known for pushing the boundaries of BASE jumping by also performing acrobatic maneuvers like twists, somersaults and gainers during freefall.