Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Thrill of a Parachute Jump ... 4 Foot off the Ground

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Thrill of a Parachute Jump ... 4 Foot off the Ground

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Byline: GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN

IT is a way to experience the sensation of freefall parachute jumping - without getting on a plane. Britain's first vertical wind tunnel opens today, promising customers the adrenaline rush of skydiving while they hover just a few feet off the ground.

Fliers enter a 25ft-high airlocked flight chamber and then float up on a powerful stream of air that blasts around the structure at speeds of up to 170 mph.

Because the air is moving so fast, it can support a body's weight, allowing the flier to hover a few feet above the ground.

Beginners are accompanied by an instructor who helps them to stay steady in the wind created by fans.

The instructor explains how the tunnel works and what position to fly in - on entering you must move on to your front with your torso and legs off the ground in the "crab" position.

You must also wear a flying suit, goggles and helmet for the two minute-long "flights". More experienced fliers are able to execute somersaults and spins. …

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