I Almost Learned To Fly In The World’s Only Wingsuit Tunnel

I Almost Learned To Fly In The World’s Only Wingsuit Tunnel

– I got an email from the
world champion wingsuit team that said, “Would you like to learn to fly
in the world’s only diagonal wind tunnel?” I’ve got to start saying
no to these things. – My name is Jarno Cordia. As part of the Wingsuit Tunnel here I’ve actually been setting up the coaching
here the last two years. And together now with Jenna, I teach here
and try to get everybody flying. Currently Jenna and myself,
we won the last World Cup in Italy in both indoor skydiving
and outdoor skydiving. We’re at the moment the reigning team
in wingsuit acrobatics. This wind tunnel was around since 1935. Used for testing aeroplanes ,
cars and those kind of things. I think they tested the Saab aeroplane and
the Huygens space capsule here. This tunnel was up for auction
a few years ago and then four of the local Swedish guys,
who are also skydivers, they basically thought,
what if we can convert this into an angled wind tunnel
where you can actually fly wingsuits. And because that hadn’t
been done yet, nobody really knew if such a
thing would be possible. So, they basically took the
horizontal wind tunnel here. They put a small angled tube in it. Once they had done the initial testing, I was called in to actually see,
besides stable flying, what else can we do in the tunnel. When that was all a big success,
they raised the money and actually built this amazing machine. Now it’s essentially an angled
tube that is on a pivot point and that can actually rotate
the tunnel up and down with a piston. I would say in terms of physical workout
for a beginner, it’s insanely heavy. And that is mainly
because, in the beginning, you are not flying super efficient. So you’re using a lot of muscle tension. You’re tending to bend the arm
which creates a round wing that really creates
drag on your body. In the beginning, maybe 40
minutes a day is the max and then people really feel like
they ran three marathons. I currently have the world record, which is definitely the most
boring thing I ever did, but somehow the most
watched thing, and it’s flying six and a half hours
non-stop in the tunnel without touching the
floor, walls or anything. – I can’t think right now. Ah. The last 10 seconds, you
were giving me instructions but my brain just wasn’t
parsing anything. – What we start with is this cable system where essentially you’re
on two pulleys that are on the ceiling that allow you
to move around, but they don’t allow you to actually
get close to the walls. The cables definitely influence
you a little bit as well with like the bounciness
of cables, but it essentially limits the motion
to safely learn to just control your body. Kind of like an aeroplane. Like you lean a bit left,
the wing goes left. You raise the chin and the chest gets air. That changes your angle,
pushes you backward. With those kind of motions, you need to really learn to fly. And even for skydivers that have a lot
of wingsuit experience, they tend to fly more by instinct and even for them, this
is a lot more precise than what you normally do outdoors. – So am I too far back or too far forward? – Too far forward. From that point where you can actually
control yourself on the cables, there you can continue to
flying without the cables. There’s a small, intermediate step we do, which is flying with a leash on the belly Which allows us to let people fly free but in case they do anything less smart, we can still put them on the floor. The difference between
flying in the tunnel and flying in the air is
definitely the lack of space. So in the air, if you’re
learning to fly and you’re essentially all over the
place, that is not an issue. In the tunnel if you’re
all over the place, you can be all over the
place for about two metres and then the wall stops you. Another thing that is
definitely different is your reflexes that you
have from the ground. Like if you’re flying on your back
and you’re falling backwards, we tend to put our butt down to cushion our fall, which of course in the sky,
you would never do. And definitely the walls and the floor,
they introduce these reflexes that we’ve trained over the years to put your arms in front
of you or to the sides that in flying don’t have the best effect. A big thing that the tunnel brings
that skydiving doesn’t get you is the amount of training you can do
and the reference you get where normally in the sky,
if I’m flying with a training partner, when we’re having a little bit of movement
between each other, we don’t see who is making the movement. In the tunnel, because you
have a static reference, you see every little move so you learn so much faster because
this gives you so much more feedback in terms of what you’re doing. Once they showed that they can fly well
with the belly leash, that comes off as well and then
you’re flying fully free. And then from there it’s
quite a rapid progression to learn to fly on your back and then actually learn
to do the transitions, carving around the tunnel. Typically that whole
progression takes around two to three hours of
flying for most people. in general, it’s quite cool to
see that where normally people would have 200-300 skydives
before they could even try this, now we’re taking people off the street
and teaching them to fly in one or two days. – I did not get to the point where, like,
I could just fly free in the tunnel, but there was four or five seconds
in there where I felt stable. And I don’t think you were pulling on me? – No, no no. – Thank you. -You’re more than welcome!
Super good, man. – Thank you very much.
I’m done! – The amount of flying you did now is what
the super trained people usually do after building that stamina. So you flew more than most people do
on the first day in a very short time span so all the muscles you’re feeling that
you’ve never used before, that’s quite normal. – Yeah! But you did really good. And you’re going to sleep
really well tonight. – Yeah! Yeah I am! – Should we just turn off the lights here
and leave you here? – No, because then it’s a slow slide
down into that! All right we’re good. We got an outro.`
Thank you so much. All right, yeah.
We’re good.

Comments (100)

  1. Pull down the description for more about the team and the tunnel! I ached a lot the next day: getting smacked back into the metal mesh was rough. But those few seconds where I was flying myself? Worth it.

  2. "I Almost Learned To Fly" one of my favorite Foo Fighters songs

  3. Almost?
    Flying is easy.
    Just aim at the ground and miss
    ༼ノ ᐕ ༽ノ

  4. By this stage, Tom basically gets baited by every single organization in the world that offers very interesting experiences.

  5. Reach out to Dorna and see if you can go double on a MotoGP bike?

  6. To paraphrase the great Norm Macdonald "There are only two levels of wingsuiting. World champion, and stuff on a rock.".

  7. tom is 16 and 35 at the same time

  8. Glad you're not planning to do any actual wingsuit flying, Tom. While I'm sure the videos would be fantastic, we'd hate to lose you.

  9. @2:03 Did you just refer to brain processing as parsing? You absolute computer geek 😄

  10. Anyone else want to see them take out the back net and just lauch themselves out of the building?

  11. You know I would love to try using a wing suit to fly but I don’t want my organs on the side of a mountain yah feel?

  12. Me at 0:09: wow the only diagonal wind tunnel? Such modern technology
    Me at 0:16: what

  13. Spot the Windows XP! 0:15

  14. You’re such a good sport

  15. It's like a kite without a string.

  16. 6 hours? What was the electric bill that month?

  17. You'll never regret doing that, "Wow" 🙂 and your bruises will be gone in a few days 🙂

  18. Omg uncle Uinar can finally fly

  19. Tom Scott: The human sugar glider

  20. The start of every Tom video "I got an email from <<ORGANIZATION>> asking would you like to <<INSERT CRAZY THING HERE>>?"

  21. Ok but have you thought about putting a projector in the tunnel and playing back a scene?

  22. Title should say "Two guys fly Tom Scott like a kite.".

  23. I really like how you know when to use your interviewee as VO and when you should create your own. This was incredibly well put together and respects my time as a viewer. I never feel bored watching your videos and am always excited when I see them show up.

  24. Hey Tom can you try to fly over a bridge in a wingsuit? That would be so cool and awesome!!

  25. That is legitimately amazing!

  26. That’s not flying, that’s falling; with style.

  27. The perfect activity for anyone who has wondered about the life of kites.

  28. I wish I could do this in my life.

  29. God dammit Tom, another thing to add to my bucket list.

  30. You're now Rico Rodriguez

  31. I love watching Tom getting splatted into the fence like a bug on a windshield

  32. With the tethers could this be a way to prevent muscle and bone loss while in Zero G for a long period of time?

  33. 5 years ago, Scott: so this is an interesting place

    2019, Interesting place: so this is Scott

  34. Like the flying squirrel, Tom is really learning to glide, which is definitely safer than plummeting vertically.

  35. Tom, 'no' is a simple word! 'NO', c'mon, now, you try it. ROTFLMAO! Great video!

  36. There is a vertical one of these in Queenstown, New Zealand.

  37. loved it Tom! Keep pushing your boundaries.

  38. they look like boohbahs in those wingsuits

  39. I did indoor skydiving once. It was a blast! Highly recommended!

  40. make longer videos!

  41. That looks freaking fun as hell!

  42. Slap green wallpapers then you can fly anywhere.

  43. You gotta start fixing your titles

  44. I hope these people get a LOT of interest from new people as a result of this video. That was extremely cool to watch, and I wish I could afford to go there, but it's an expensive trip from Australia.

  45. What nonsense. But then most of what mankind does is. You'll be bankrupt soon, even with this free publicity.

  46. They mentioned flying on your BACK! Wow!

  47. This is sooo on my wish list now

  48. Oh that look, Tom did you miss her lusty look!

  49. Two drums and a cymbal walk into a bar

  50. It’s kind of strange to see how comfortably the instructors can stand while he’s actually flying. I always imagined the airspeed required for a wingsuit to work would be so high that they’d be blown away

  51. I could do this because I have Minecraft elytra

  52. Tom i don't know if you read these, but thanks a bunch for showing us around in such interesting places! This is what youtube is for.

  53. I kinda want to do wingsuit flying. 😀

  54. Here's a question. Why doesn't the military use this type of training for paratroopers?

  55. Seriously? Still on XP?

  56. grats on 2million subs

  57. Yep I want to do this

  58. This looks so cool! OK, I need to get myself a little bit fitter and then visit Stockholm…

  59. Anyone else finds that the guy looks so much like jayztwocents?

  60. The question is, what are things Tom said "NO" to…

  61. Now come skydiving!

  62. If you are looking to actually seeing him fly. Your out of luck just a lot of talking

  63. "The average person can only do 40 minutes" lmao my local wind tunnel would bankrupt me for 40 minutes, and I'm above average on that front. Sweden is a utopia.

  64. His team is called „fly like brick“ haha damn accurate xD

  65. I thought it was gonna be something like minecraft elytra tunnel game

  66. I was just sitting, wishing we had this in my country… then i see the swedish flag and realizes it ONLY exist in my country :0

  67. seems the next trip is going to be to Stockholm

  68. How sore were you the next day? Which muscles were more sore?

  69. There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. … Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, that presents the difficulties

  70. That is amazing and I want to try it.

  71. I wish I thought there was a chance I could ever afford doing this.

  72. How can I give this a second thumbs up? That looks so fun.

  73. 5:17 And you will be in pain when waking up the next morning.

  74. Watch '200 proofs by Eric Dubay… translated into 25 languages and has been watched by millions……✅

  75. There is one like this in norway so no this is not the Only Wingsuit Tunnel in the world

  76. 2 Million sub special?

  77. Damn that looks like so much fun!

  78. Tom featuring all the dutch speakers

  79. is solo the time in airstream priced similar to wind tunnel testing? 400-500 $ an hour?

  80. Of course it still uses XP… 😛

  81. That thing still run on XP

  82. Seagull: "I saw the weirdest thing today.."

  83. Also checking my email, just in case.

  84. Please, never say no to these kinds of things!

    So cool!

  85. Awesome video. Was it hard to breathe in the tunnel?

  86. Where can I subscribe to those emails?!

  87. you do mean gliding in your title right? flying and gliding are two different things.

  88. I'm curious: as a pilot with zero skydiving experience, I wonder if it's easier or harder for Pilots to get the hang of this than experienced Skydivers? Pilots don't have the muscle memory that skydivers do, but we ARE used to flying precise patterns in the sky, and flying near fixed objects.

  89. Quite expensive though. If the price comes down in the future I'm taking a frikkin plane to Sweden.

  90. Clever idea! What about 3 wind tunnels that cross into each other perpendicular to one another? What would happen? I think that the person would feel weightless, because they would be feeling a force from every direction.

  91. Tom somehow looks fifty and sixteen at the same time

  92. I loved seeing Tom get slammed against every wall and floor

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