Catching a flight has never been so literal.
Two French wingsuit flyers recently completed a stunt that really has to be seen to be believed. Starting at the top of the Jungfrau mountain in Switzerland, Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet, conducted a B.A.S.E. jump, and then caught up with, and FLEW INTO THE CABIN OF A PLANE WHILE IT WAS STILL IN MID-AIR.
The pair (known as the Soul Flyers), spent several months training for the aerial manuever by completing more than 100 test flights in Empuriabrava in Spain. Once the pair felt ready, they jumped from the top of one of Switzerland's highest mountains, flying into a Pilatus Porter light aircraft while it was still flying.
According to an interview the Soul Flyers did with Red Bull's website, the project, 'A Door in the Sky', came about because the two daredevils wanted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Patrick de Gayardon's jumping from an aircraft wearing a wingsuit, and then flying back into the plane.
"[Gayardon] was a pioneer in our scene and we wanted to reproduce his stunt. At the beginning of the year, I woke up one day and said to Fred, "We have to do it but with a BASE jump from a cliff!''
Training for the stunt did not go well at first. During the first training session, Fugen managed to fly into the plane, but Reffet failed, hurting his ribs.
But the Soul Flyers kept at it, and after some intense training, felt ready for the real thing. Believe it or not, the hard part wasn't getting into the plane, the biggest risk was BASE jumping from the cliff itself.
All in all, the pair feel pretty good about their project and say it was the most intense thing they've done in their career.
It was crazy. You're at 4,000m, you jump and that’s it! You start from point A and you finish at point B in a plane. But it takes so long to make it work. We thought about our moves and the plane every day during our two months of training for this. Even when you're not jumping, you're thinking about it. It takes all your energy.
Read more about their stunt on Red Bull's website.