By Luke Kenton
This daredevil must surely have a death wish, after performing a jaw-dropping stunt that saw him dangle from the wing of an upside down plane, before letting go and plummeting to the ground below.
For full-time adventurer, Brian Pitts, over 500 skydives have not been enough to quench his unrivaled thirst for adrenaline, leaving him on a constant lookout for his next big hit.
Hooked on the high of extreme sports since is first bungee jump, aged 13, the now-36-year-old pulled off his boldest stunt yet at Santa Paula California Airport, where he planned to hold on to the wing of an upside-down airplane, before letting go and skydiving back down to earth.
Believing the stunt to be the first of its kind, Brian hoists himself out of the Biplane’s cockpit and squats on the edge of the side, before rotating with the aircraft and dangling his body, holding on with only one hand.
Performing a series of swings, suddenly Brian lets go and is sent hurtling down towards the earth, where, after a number of seconds, he successfully deploys his parachute and miraculously lands back on the ground unscathed.
Still in disbelief that he managed to pull off the epic display without a hitch, Brian, who showcases the stunts on his Instagram page, @NamesBrian said: “I’ve always been wired for adventure from an early age, whether that be skateboarding, bungee jumping or skydiving, which I started doing at 19.
“I was first introduced to the idea of a Biplane skydive when I was learning to wing walk.
“It was after that, where I thought I could wear my parachute and attempt to skydive off instead.
“Neither I or the pilot have ever heard of the inverted hang being done before, so it was a first for both of us.
“In skydiving you live and die by your preparations, so going over the flow of the stunt so many times was critical to its success.
“I was pretty nervous as this was something that I’ve never done before – the 500 skydives that I’ve done previously helped to keep me focused.
“It was surreal looking back at the plane above me. It was also a strange feeling to be physically hanging from the plane.
“It was a moment that I didn’t want to end, but I had to let go otherwise the plane would stall.
“It’s definitely one I won’t forget. As soon as the tail rudder passed by and didn’t hit me, I knew I was back in my familiar skydiving zone.
“It made me realise that we are only limited by our imaginations of what is possible.
“Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is where the fun really starts to happen – it’s opened my mind to new possibilities.”