Explore the history of wingsuit flying

Wings outstretched; Clem Sohn show the structure of his flying equipmentWings outstretched; Clem Sohn show the structure of his flying equipment

The Evolution and Thrill of Wingsuit Flying

Marshall Miiller Pro Wingsuit BASE jumper

The concept of wingsuit flying has always captured the human imagination, symbolizing the ultimate freedom and the dream to soar like a bird.

From its early invention to modern advancements, wingsuit flying has evolved into a breathtaking sport, drawing thrill-seekers and adventurers worldwide. However, it's a sport that demands extensive training, significant investment, and, most importantly, an acceptance of its inherent risks. This is where JUMP, a VR Wingsuit company, is revolutionizing the experience, making the thrill of wingsuit flying accessible and safe for everyone.

The Invention of the Wingsuit

Wingsuit flying, often referred to as birdman flying or squirrel suit flying, dates back to the early 20th century. The first semblance of a wingsuit was designed and tested by a bold skydiver, Franz Reichelt, in 1912. Unfortunately, Reichelt's experiment ended tragically, but his pioneering spirit set the stage for future developments. Over the decades, wingsuit design has evolved significantly, incorporating advanced materials and aerodynamics to allow skydivers to glide through the air with greater control and stability.

Franz Reichelt 4 February 1912

Training and Preparation for Traditional Wingsuit Flying

Embarking on the journey of traditional wingsuit flying is not for the faint-hearted. It requires an extensive background in skydiving. Typically, a skydiver must complete at least 200 skydives before starting wingsuit training. This preparation is crucial for mastering parachute handling, freefall skills, and understanding the nuances of body flight.

The training for wingsuit flying itself involves learning to control the suit's wings, which significantly alter the body's surface area and behavior in freefall. New wingsuit pilots must learn how to manage these changes to fly safely and land successfully. This training is intensive and requires a continuous commitment to learning and practicing.

Marshall Miller, Pro Wingsuit Pilot, Switzerland 2023

The Costs of Traditional Wingsuit Flying

Wingsuit flying is also a financially demanding pursuit. The costs include not only the wingsuit, which can range from $1,000 to $3,000 for a new suit, but also the expenses of skydiving jumps, both for initial training and ongoing practice. This cost doesn't include additional gear like helmets, altimeters, and parachutes, which can add thousands more to the overall investment. Furthermore, there are travel expenses to consider, as wingsuit enthusiasts often seek out specific drop zones and locations offering the ideal conditions for wingsuit flying.

Enter JUMP: A Revolutionary VR Wingsuit Experience

Recognizing the challenges and limitations of traditional wingsuit flying, JUMP has developed a unique VR wingsuit flying experience that offers the thrill without the risks or high costs. JUMP's state-of-the-art VR technology immerses users in a realistic flying environment, simulating the sensations of a real wingsuit flight. 

Why Choose JUMP for a Wingsuit Experience?

1. Safety First: With JUMP's VR experience, you can enjoy the rush of wingsuit flying without the risks associated with jumping from an airplane. It’s an ideal solution for those intrigued by the sport but concerned about the dangers.

2. Accessibility: JUMP brings the experience of wingsuit flying to a broader audience. Whether you're a seasoned skydiver or someone who's never set foot in an airplane, JUMP's VR technology provides a realistic and exhilarating flying experience.

3. Cost-Effective: JUMP offers the wingsuit flying experience at a fraction of the cost of traditional wingsuit flying. There's no need for multiple skydiving jumps, expensive gear, or travel to exotic locations. For a reasonable price, you can don a VR headset and wingsuit to experience the thrill of flight.

Conclusion: Wingsuit Flying Reimagined with JUMP

Wingsuit flying represents the pinnacle of human flight and adventure. However, its accessibility has always been limited by the need for extensive training, high costs, and inherent risks. JUMP has reimagined this thrilling sport, offering a VR experience that brings the dream of wingsuit flying to life safely and accessibly. 

Whether you're an adventure enthusiast, a technology buff, or just looking for a unique experience, JUMP's VR Wingsuit flying is an opportunity to explore the skies like never before. It’s a chance to fulfill the dream of flight in a way that’s accessible to everyone.