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Old 10-19-2012, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by ycc_Swe View Post
I did the usual Googling and I couldn't find proof that anyone has ever made a "banzai skydive".
It's not quite the same thing, but Travis Pastrana jumped out of a plane without a parachute in 2007 (before the original date on this zombie thread). Rather than meet up with a thrown chute, though, he met up with another skydiver and latched into a harness, and then landed safely in tandem with the other skydiver.

It was a carefully planned stunt sponsored by Red Bull. There are videos of it on youtube.

You can see on the video that two skydivers jump out with him and he is never far from either one of them (unlike a banzai chute, which is going to end up pretty far away from the skydiver). I suspect that he could have linked up with either one and that they used two as a safety precaution, since if he failed to link up with the first one and they didn't have a backup his only other alternative at that point was to go splat.

That's probably the closest you'll ever get to a real banzai chute.