A Chinese wingsuiter has set a record for the sport when he leapt from a hot-air balloon at an altitude of 8,150 meters without an oxygen mask.
According to Xinhua, the Zhang Shupeng broke the record set by a Swiss man named Remo Lang who last year jumped from 8,000 meters.
At 5.17 a.m. Zhang took off in a hot-air balloon from a site in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. After climbing for over an hour, he jumped from the balloon.
He began his descent with a vertical dive for the first 100 meters and then made a spiral fly, a technique seldom used by wingsuit flyers, for 2,000 meters.
Zhang adopted a vertical-fly style after dropping below 6,000 meters and opened his parachute when he was at a height of 800 meters. His free fall lasted three minutes and 26 seconds.
During the descent, the lack of oxygen made Zhang slow to react and the low pressure caused a sensation of intense pain within his ears.
“My success proves that Chinese wingsuiters have the ability to fulfil their dreams,” said Zhang.
By Dominic Jackson