Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight

Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight

Matt Higgins

PEN / ESPN Award for Literary activities Writing (2015 LONGLIST)

“[P]erversely entertaining... In a very intoxicating learn that was once difficult to place down, Matt Higgins has controlled to make actual a global approximately as a long way faraway from lifestyle because it gets.”
--Daily Beast

"Matt Higgins cracks open this astonishingly harmful activity and captures the incredible adrenaline surges it delivers."--The Wall road Journal

"[R]iveting... a must-read. A highflying, electrifying tale of a treacherous activity during which each triumph is a watch blink clear of turning into a disaster." --Kirkus (STARRED)

A heart-stopping narrative of threat and braveness, Bird Dream tells the tale of the extraordinary women and men who pioneered the newest advances in aerial exploration—from skydiving to BASE leaping to wingsuit flying—and made background with their daring.

by way of the top of the 20 th century BASE leaping was once the main risky of the entire severe activities, with thrill-seeking jumpers parachuting from bridges, mountains, radio towers, or even skyscrapers. regardless of quite a few fatalities and felony skirmishes, BASE jumpers like Jeb Corliss of California notion they'd came across the final word rush. yet all this replaced for Corliss in 1999, whilst, excessive within the mountains of northern Italy, he and different jumpers watched in ask yourself as a stranger—wearing a crafty new jumpsuit that includes “wings” among the hands and legs—leaped from a ledge after which truly flew from the vertiginous cliffs.

Drawing on intimate entry to Corliss and different most sensible pilots from world wide, Bird Dream tracks the evolution of the wingsuit circulation throughout the better than existence characters who, in an age of viral video, pressured the game onto the area level. Their exploits—which entranced thousands of enthusiasts alongside the way—defied mind's eye. They have been flying; unlike the Wright brothers, however the method we do in our dreams.

a few dared to dream of going extra but, to an afternoon whilst a wingsuit pilot could fly, and land, all with no parachute. progressively more wingsuit pilots begun plotting ways that a person may bounce from the sky and land. A part dozen teams worldwide have been devoted to this quest for a “wingsuit landing,” conjuring the pursuit of countries that after encouraged the race to first summit Everest.

Given his repute as a stuntman, the brash, publicity-hungry Corliss remained the preferred favourite to say the 1st touchdown. but Bird Dream additionally tracks the trail of one other guy, Gary Connery—a forty-two-year-old Englishman—who was once quietly plotting to overcome Corliss at his personal video game. followed via a world forged of wingsuit devotees—including a Finnish magician, a parachute tester from Brazil, an Australian desktop programmer, a gruff hang-gliding champion-turned-aeronautical engineer, a French skydiving champion, and a South African dress designer—Corliss and Connery raced to jump into the unknown, a competition that may bring about triumph for one and approximately rate the opposite his life.

according to 5 years of firsthand reporting and unique interviews, Bird Dream is the paintings of journalist Matt Higgins, who traveled the area along those outstanding women and men as they jumped and flew in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. supplying a behind-the-scenes tackle the most astounding and disastrous occasions of the wingsuit circulate, Higgins’s Bird Dream is a riveting, adrenaline-fueled event on the very fringe of human adventure.

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