If you're going to skydive without a parachute, something has to break your fall, but what? Maybe a runway made of 18,600 corrugated cardboard boxes is in order.
That's at least how stuntman Gary Connery wanted to end his jump from a helicopter. Connery also wore a wingsuit to slow him down a little bit and control his direction.
BBC reported Connery saying before he jumped that he was "a bit scared" but still confident he could achieve such a landing. Watch this interview with Connery before his jump from the Daily Telegraph:
The jump, which occurred above Oxfordshire in the U.K., was from 2,400 feet, allowing Connery to reach a top speed of about 80 miles per hour.
Connery sailed into the boxes lined up for him to cheers from the crowd. See the rather graceful landing for yourself:
According to BBC, this is the first time someone has jumped out of a helicopter without a parachute and lived to tell their tale:
"I feel incredible, just completely elated.
"I have been training and planning for this record attempt for many years now and I am so proud to have achieved a world first.
"I want to thank everyone involved for their support and belief in me because this really has been a team effort.
"Tonight will be all about celebrating with friends and family. Tomorrow I will be plotting my next daring challenge."
The BBC reports the 42-year-old is well-experienced as a wingsuit athlete and skydiver with 880 dives and 450 base jumps under his belt. The Telegraph also states Connery was a former paratrooper and stuntman for films.
This isn't the first time Connery has let boxes break his fall either. In February, he posted a video on his YouTube channel showing him jumping from a building at 60-feet-high onto the boxes: