By Jack Williams
In a stunning display of speed and accuracy, this daredevil wingsuit pilot managed to navigate his way through a MOVING TARGET – a world’s first.
No-one is believed to have successfully completed such a stunt before, and the groundbreaking moment took place over the rolling Tianmen Mountains, China.
In the breathtaking footage, Supang Zhang, China’s first wingsuit basejump, can be seen rocketing his way through the mountain range, before hitting a target only slightly larger than a dinner plate.
The round, foamboard disk was suspended on a pole above a moving SUV, far, far down the mountain – this gave Supang, 31, little room for error when taking off.
When Supang hit the target, the foamboard shattered, causing tiny, confetti-like pieces to burst into the air.
As well as the daredevil’s headcam footage, the August 16, 2017, dive was capture in stunning clarity by fellow basejumper Jarno Cordia, 39, who flew near Supang the entire flight.
Supang had dreamed of such a project for a long time, Jarno said, and in order to train for the jump the pair, who have more than 5,000 jumps between them, worked fervently on filming possibilities.
The biggest challenge they faced was timing, as there was a only a short piece of road where the wingsuit and car could meet.
A few practice jumps gave them a rough idea of the duration to potential impact.
At top speed, the pair were flying at around 135mph.
As well as dealing with navigational issues, Jarno had to “not just focus on flying, but also constantly think about framing the shot correctly, guarding safety, and not flying in the wake of turbulence behind the other wingsuit pilot,” he said.
Fortunately for Supang, Jarno is the most experienced cameraman in his sport, and picking the mountain range that inspired parts of James Cameron’s “Avator” made for an excellent backdrop.
Jarno, who is from the Netherlands, said: “People have hit various foam and paper targets before, but the accuracy required to hit a target in motion has never been shown in this manner.
“Even in freefall, we could hear the ‘Ooooh’ from the onlookers several seconds into the jump.
“The country itself was amazing in its hospitality, and getting to explore the mountains in this unique way is a chance that you dont often get as a visitor from Europe.”