It took more than 100 test flights and a first assault that had to be abandoned, but the Soul Flyers ultimately attained the seemingly impossible. In one of the most spectacular ways to ever catch a flight, Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet succeeded in winging into the open door of a minuscule light aircraft in mid-air after freefalling from the summit of the Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps.
Check out the extraordinary video embedded above for the prodigious feat.
The French duo have already wowed millions of all the countries with their outlandish Soul Flyers wingsuit stunts over Mont Blanc and the Dolomites. This time around, they went one better by pulling off a stunning project in honour of revolutionary wingsuit flyer Patrick de Gayardon.
The duet spent several months practising for the iconic stunt by ending more than 100 test flights at Empuriabrava in Spain before they headed to the Swiss Alps.
Despite several climate adjournments and a failed first scamper, they eventually embarked by B.A.S.E jumping from the top of the dizzying 4,158 metre Jungfrau summit. Instead of carrying out their customary display of dazzling manoeuvres in the air, this time the latter are tasked with registering the back door of the moving aircraft aEUR” with 3,200 metres of vertical freefall and two minutes 45 seconds to end the daring stunt.
The Pilatus Porter light aircraft was expertly winged by experienced pilot Philippe Bouvier and steered by assignment coordinator Yves aEURoeJetmanaEUR Rossy. Both wingsuit flyers “ve managed” freefall down to meet the plane in time, with Reffet slithering smoothly into the compartment closely followed by Fugen.
Reffet, 33, said: aEURoeThe maladies were perfect and we were well prepared, but it was still an incredibly difficult challenge. aEURoeIt was very complicated for us as we tried a first time but we messed up a little bit and that sucks so much better vigor out of you. Travelling up to 4,000 meters, it physically expenditure a lot. Formerly I got in, I simply thought about one thing, my sidekick behind: aEUR
Fugen contributed: aEURoeRight now our thoughts going to see Patrick( de Gayardon) who was the first to re-enter a plane. We wanted to do it differently by jumping from a mountain. It was a great achievement.aEUR