Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight by Matt Higgins

By Matt Higgins

A gripping chronicle of skydivers, BASE jumpers, and the most recent aerial pioneers at the edge

Human flight is without doubt one of the final nice demanding situations in the world. unlike how the Wright brothers flew, yet how we fly in our dreams.

This is the objective of the Wingsuit touchdown undertaking: to start in the course of the sky at hurries up to a hundred mph, over distances as much as 4 and a part miles, and to land with out assistance from a parachute. a minimum of part a dozen teams worldwide have taken half, from France, South Africa, Australia, Russia, and Britain to the U.S.. This venture is the production of thirty-seven-year-old adrenaline-seeking Jeb Corliss, Jr., a Southern Californian who seeks to emulate a method of flight extra like a flying squirrel than poultry or airplane. the probabilities of the wingsuit proposal have captured the human imagination— from the legendary Icarus to liked personality Wile E. Coyote—but the implications have frequently been disastrous. New designs constructed over the last 20 years have made the wingsuit a bit of more secure and extra predictable, yet tremendous risks nonetheless remain.

Journalist Matt Higgins won intimate entry to wingsuit pioneer Corliss; a brash, publicity-hungry wealthy child from los angeles who, after years of BASE leaping and skydiving, got down to be the 1st individual to be dropped 2,400 ft and land exclusively through a wingsuit. yet someplace within the united kingdom, a forty-two-year-old guy of general ability used to be plotting to overcome Corliss at his personal $3 million video game. His identify used to be Gary Connery. besides a world crew of wingsuit devotees—including a Finnish magician, a parachute tester from Brazil, an Australian computing device programmer, a gruff former Hollywood stuntman-turned aeronautical engineer, a French skydiving champion, and a South African dress designer—Corliss and Connery race to jump into the unknown because the world’s leading wingsuit pilots. This race will approximately expense one of many opponents his life.

Bird Dream is a riveting, adrenaline-fueled narrative a few team of unforgettable characters who threat every thing to accomplish man’s age-old dream of flying. Chronicling every little thing from stunt parachuting in Sixties Hollywood to BASE leaping off landmark structures in long island to wingsuit flying in South the United States, chicken Dream takes readers to the leading edge of this new frontier—as good because the unusual technology and fearless heritage that experience led us to this outstanding element within the human experience.

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For the 360° delay, the wave at the bot- 90¡ 180¡ 270¡ 360¡ FIGURE 1-12 Time Illustration of the phase relationships between waves with the same amplitude and frequency. A rotation of 360 degrees is analogous to one complete sine cycle. FUNDAMENTALS OF SOUND tom of Fig. 1-12 falls in step with the top one, reaching positive peaks and negative peaks simultaneously and producing the in-phase condition. In Fig. 1-11, all three components of the complex wave of Fig. 1-11E are in phase. That is, the f1 fundamental, the f2 second harmonic, and the f3 third harmonic all start at zero at the same time.

252 Pa. Logarithmic and Exponential Forms Compared The logarithmic and exponential forms are equivalent as can be seen by glancing again at Table 2-1. In working with decibels it is imperative that a familiarity with this equivalence be firmly grasped. 99 10 There are two tens in the exponential statement but they come from different sources as indicated by the arrows. 98 20 (2-5) Remember that sound-pressure level in air means that the reference pressure downstairs ( p2) in the pressure ratio is 20 µPa.

Applying names, the sine wave with the lowest frequency (f1) of Fig. 1-11A is called the fundamental, the one with twice the frequency (f2) of Fig. 1-11B is called the second harmonic, and the one three times the frequency (f3) of Fig. 1-11D is the third harmonic. , are four and five times the frequency of the fundamental, and so on. Phase In Fig. 1-11, all three components, f1, f2, and f3, start from zero together. This is called an in-phase condition. In some cases, the time relation- FUNDAMENTALS OF SOUND f1 ϩ Amplitude 0 A Time Ϫ ϩ f2 B 0 Ϫ f1 ϩ f2 ϩ 0 C Ϫ ϩ f3 0 D Ϫ f1 ϩ f2 ϩ f3 ϩ 0 E Ϫ FIGURE 1-11 A study in the combination of sine waves.

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