Wingsuit flyer soars over Switzerland

One man knows firsthand what its like to fly. With the help of a wingsuit, he's flown over some amazing places.

Brandon Mikesell of Seattle took a literal leap of faith. A video of him jumping off a cliff in Switzerland while wearing a wingsuit has gone viral.

"It has a couple vents for arms, vents for leg wings. As soon as you jump off, you build up airspeed. The suit inflates with air then essentially the suit inflates enough. Its hard rigid wing, you're just one giant wing," said Mikesell.

The video has hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

A GoPro camera captured the flight next to cliffs and over farmhouses.

He reached speeds up to 130 miles per hour.

So, what makes someone want to jump off of a cliff and fly?

"I randomly saw this video. It was essentially the same thing, wingsuit proximity flying, and I've always had the dream of human flight. I figured that's what I wanted to do and set my mind to it and five and a half years ago decided I wanted to do it and it's all past now," said Mikesell.

He has completed more than 1,000 jumps.

But according to Mikesell, it doesn't get any easier the more you do it.

"Right before the jump, I'm just as nervous as anybody else would be standing at the edge of a cliff. I'm shaking, have butterflies, can't think straight, all the normal things everybody else would have I definitely have. Then my training starts to kick in, I countdown, everything stops, everything is slow motion from then on out. I jump and my training has taken over. I literally have the exact same fears that everyone else has," said Mikesell.

Despite the thrill, Mikesell says he's not an adrenaline junkie.

"I tend to stay away from all that stuff. I'm definitely not that person at all. Anybody that knows me, I always stay away from things that scare me. This has taught me a lot about controlling fears and fears all in your head, something not real and you can control yourself. So, ya, I'm not an adrenaline junkie by any means," said Mikesell.

He's jumped all over the world, but this one is still his favorite.

"The visuals of flying over a house, between them. I haven't beat that yet, but hopefully the jumps keep getting better and better. I'm sure I'll find one that's better sometime soon," said Mikesell.

Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories You May Be Interested In – includes Advertiser Stories