Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wingsuit flying world championship takes off in China

 The first wingsuit flying world championship opened in Zhangjiajie, in central China's Hunan province, with the participation of the world's top 15 wingsuit fliers. 
The rules require competitors to jump off a cliff 1,400 meters above sea level on top of the Tianmen Mountain in China, complete a loop-like flight in the valley and glide across the terminal of the cableway before they open their parachute and land at the finish line on the mountain road.

The competitor who finishes the whole course in the shortest time is the winner.

According to schedule, the 16 contestants made two preliminary flights on Wednesday and the top eight will go into the final on Thursday.

Six of the 15 top fliers are from the United States and there are three air photographers.

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