The flying dagger completed by daredevil Jeb Corliss was "gnarly" -- and it almost didn't happen. On Sept. 30, NBC News reported that Corliss flew through a mountain fissure wearing a wingsuit in China over the weekend. However, the weather almost kept Corliss from completing the jump and subsequent flight.
"The fissure, a narrow crack between soaring rocks in the Jianglang mountains in China's Zhejiang Province, is only 60 feet wide at the top, and 15 feet at the bottom. Flying through it would require enormous technical precision to avoid striking the walls and plunging to almost certain death," NBC News reported.
The flying dagger daredevil stunt was completed successfully, however, and Corliss is thrilled to talk about it -- and he's lucky that things went well. In total, Corliss was scheduled to do 10 training flights prior to his do-or-die stunt but he only completed three. This somehow made this stunt even more exciting -- and dangerous -- which would explain the thousands of people who flocked to watch.
"Corliss later admitted that as the chopper circled for a first look he was very, very scared. But an intense calm came over him as it came around for a second time and lined up for the jump," NBC News reported.
After the flying dagger, daredevil Jeb Corliss said that the clouds filled back in and his "perfect" window of opportunity disappeared. At that point, however, he was already back on the ground safe. It's unknown if he's planning another flight -- but he probably is. Tis the life of a daredevil.
© Effie Orfanides 2013