Red Bull Vespa freefall from 4,000 metres | FEATURE
Vespa Freefall 4000
See the crazy Austrian above with the mohican? That’s Günter SCHACHERMAYR, madman, stuntman and now freefalling Vespa man. He’s no stranger to SLUK, we’ve covered some of his escapades in the past but this latest stunt takes things to a whole new level.
The look on his face is the look of a man about to jump out of an aircraft at 4,000 metres whilst sitting on his specially prepared Red Bull Vespa. It was a stunt the authorities wouldn’t sanction and one he couldn’t practice until the day it happened earlier this month.
In hundreds of preliminary talks and theoretical exercises, all sorts of problems were discussed and security measures taken for himself and the team. Speaking before the jump Günter said:
I’m going to jump out of an airplane at 4000 metres with my beloved Red Bull Vespa and try to make the longest manned free flight on my Vespa!”
How did you get around the legal problems? “All my preparations in the last year were not taken note of by the authorities and also not approved. So I was there without jumping off. However, the owner of a beverage production, which owns a private airfield in Spitzerberg/Vienna, agreed to let me jump off and land there. So we can start! ” Said Günter SCHACHERMAYR in an interview.
The Vespa hell ride from 4000 metres
On the day of the stunt, Günter met with his three-pronged parachute team at the airfield Wels of the “White Möven” There, the Red Bull Vespa was loaded into a Cessna Caravan 208, which had been leased to him by sponsor Macron Store Steyr. Two experienced pilots flew in the direction of Vienna with Günter SCHACHERMAYR, three of his parachute colleagues, his chief mechanic and a media representative.
As the plane reached an altitude of around 4200 metres above ground it was time to exit. Cooly, Günter took a last sip of the energy drink, that promised to “Give him wings” before he and his Vespa were pushed out of the open aircraft door.
Sitting on his Vespa, he raced towards the earth at over 300 km/h.
It was unbelievable, I’ve never been as scared as I was in this 50-second free fall. It was a survival fight with acceleration forces above 6G, but I did not want to skip my device and did all the movement with my Vespa.”
“Suddenly she was stretched out in front of me with stretched hands and then flew over me on my back. There, the altimeter showed 2900 metres, I could still hold on to my Vespa and then had to separate from my baby.”
Günter pulled the ripcord on the parachute attached to the Red Bull Vespa before opening his own chute and floating to the ground. Unsurprisingly Günter said…
My adrenaline output was probably far beyond all limits. I glided with cheers from my colleagues towards the ground, where we and the Vespa landed unscathed!”
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