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Jay Leno hangs off plane in midair because ... well, we're not sure why

You may not believe it, even after you see it.
/ Source: TODAY

He’s known for his love of cars, but it’s Jay Leno’s death-defying work with a plane that now has people talking.

The former “Tonight Show” host recently climbed out of a moving plane and rode its nose while the aircraft was in the air.

Leno, 71, said it was all part of a plan to surprise his pals in the cockpit.

“I wanted to surprise the guys. I was with some friends of mine and they didn’t know the front of the plane opened, so I went up to the front and them climbed up on the windshield,” he said Wednesday on Spike Feresten’s podcast, “Spike’s Car Radio.”

“It’s not a fake. It’s real,” he added.

Leno, who can now be seen on “Jay Leno’s Garage,” estimated the plane was going 147 miles per hour. He may have a second calling as a stuntman, although he said he was only being silly.

Jay Leno has taken his career to new heights.spikeferesten / Instagram

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“It’s just being stupid,” he said.

Leno appears to have gotten by on more than a (plane) wing and a prayer because he was confident he’d be alright.

“You just take your time,” he said.

“You’re actually OK. It’s not that bad,” he added.