Today, the best view of New York City was from the air as 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 this Memorial Day Weekend.
The elite aerial athletes of the Red Bull Air Force, who have performed at the most extraordinary locations in the world, propelled at 7,500 feet, traveling 120 mph, starting from the southern tip of Manhattan, passing by the defining 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 in two miles in two minutes and land safely on a barge located on the Hudson River.
Participating Wingsuit Flyers Jon Devore, Jeff Provenzano, Amy Chmelecki, Sean MacCormac and Andy Farrington are part of the Red Bull Air Force (RBAF), an eleven person aerial sports team assembled from themost accomplished and experienced skydivers, BASE jumpers, wingsuit fliers, and paraglider pilots on the planet. For some of them with New York roots, returning to perform in the Air Show at Jones Beach provided an extremely coveted opportunity to take in the view from above the city they call home.
“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 will be performing multiple jumps for the large crowds expected at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach located on the beautiful coast of Long Island to experience expert and entertaining aeronautical fetes, including Military aircraft flying information, flipping planes and, of course, skydiving extravaganzas.