NEW YORK — On May 18, five Red Bull Air Force Wingsuit Flyers accomplished their dream of skydiving from above one of the world’s most recognizable skylines, Manhattan, in anticipation of the 2014 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, Long Island, over Memorial Day Weekend.
The aerial athletes of the Red Bull Air Force propelled at 7,500 feet, traveling 120 mph, starting from the southern tip of Manhattan, passing by the buildings of the Financial District and heading uptown.
With all necessary permits secured and notifications made, the latest technology of wingsuits allowed these professionals to travel along the Manhattan Skyline for two miles in two minutes and land safely on a barge located on the Hudson River, according to officials.
Participating Wingsuit Flyers Jon Devore, Jeff Provenzano, Amy Chmelecki, Sean MacCormac and Andy Farrington are part of the Red Bull Air Force (RBAF), an 11-person aerial sports team assembled from the most accomplished and experienced skydivers, BASE jumpers, wingsuit fliers, and paraglider pilots on the planet, according to Red Bull officials.
“Being from New York, this is so special and I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a kid,” said Provenzano, who grew up just north of the city. “It’s been years of looking up at the big buildings and wondering if there is a day that I can fly over them. That day was today.”
The Red Bull Air Force performed multiple jumps for the crowds at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach.
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