A skydiver pulled off an amazing stunt when he climbed out from the cockpit of a glider and crawled along the wing – then somersaulted under the wing and stepped onto the wing of a second glider travelling below. He then moved back onto the main fuselage of the second glider while the first rider turned upside down and flew overhead so that the skydiver could reach up and form a human link between the two planes. The spectacular stunt was carried out by Salzburg skydiver Paul Steiner 2,100 meters in the air with both gliders travelling at 100 miles an hour above the mountains in Styria, Austria.
Jonathan Trappe flies over the white cliffs of Dover as he crosses the English Channel flying a cluster balloon. The adventurer, aged 37, strapped 54 industrial strength helium balloons to his gondola and crossed the 22-mile waterway to the continent.
Swiss adventurers Yves Rossy complete two aerial loops using just his custom-made jet-propelled wing suit. Rossy, 51 launched himself from a hot air balloon at an altitude of 7,874 feet (2,400 meters) near Lake Geneva. Then he fired up the jets on his new, smaller and sleeker, wing suit to perform the loopings before landing safely with a parachute.
14 May 2010: As Space Shuttle Atlantis headed to space and the International Space Station, a pair of F15 Strike Eagles patrolled the skies above the launch and captured this stunning image. Note the shadow of the plume. Lt. Col. Gabriel Green and Capt. Zachary Bartoe photographed the launch from an F-15E Strike Eagle over Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Colonel Green is the 333rd Fighter Squadron commander and Captain Bartoe is a 333rd FS weapons system officer. Both aircrew members are assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.
A flare flies over a shadow of a chase helicopter during a Medevac mission in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.
Pilot Captain Brian Bews parachutes to safety as his CF-18 fighter jet plummets to the ground during a practice flight at the Lethbridge County Airport for a weekend air show in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
This is the moment when a stunt glider slammed into a runway in front of 15,000 horrified fans at an air show. Amazingly pilot Mike Newman, 35, crawled out of the wreckage of the high performance Swift S-1 gilder after the cockpit broke up on impact. The former racing driver suffered three broken vertebrae in the accident, but doctors expect him to make a full recovery. Mr Newman crashed while performing for the Swift Aerobatic Display Team at the Royal Air Forces Association air show at Shoreham, West Sussex.
An adult wedge-tailed eagle swoops to attack hang glider, Mark Russell, while competing in the Gulgong Classic, a hang gliding competition held annually above Gulgong in Australia.
An aero plane piloted by Dino Moline opens its parachute after an accident when it lost one of its wings during an air show near El Trebol, Santa Fe province, Argentina. The plane crashed onto the ground but the pilot suffered no injuries.
A Colombian Army parachutist traces figures in the air with smoke at the 2010 Expodefensa fair in Cali, Colombia.
Miles Daisher casts a bizarre image paddling across the sky over Sebastian, Florida, 13,000 feet up in a kayak. The daredevil has invented a new sport, ‘skyaking’.
A donkey attached to a parachute flies over a beach in Golubitskaya. Russian beachgoers got a shock when they saw a donkey soaring in the blue skies over the beaches on the Sea of Azov in southern Russia. The donkey was flown in the skies as a result of an advertising campaign by Russian entrepreneurs to attract beachgoers to their private beach. Attached to a parachute, the animal screamed in fear as it circled over heads of holidaymakers sunbathing on a beach.
Cliff divers leap into the cenote or sinkhole during training in the lead up round two of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at the Cenote Ik Kil, near Chichen Itza in the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico.
A couple sit at a table in a restaurant as Steve Black of Australia dives from a balcony in the lead-up to round four of the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Polignano a Mare, Italy.
A man performs martial arts on the top of wooden totem poles during a show celebrating the Spring Festival at a park in Xiangfan, Hubei province, China.
Magician Hezi Dean performs a trick while hanging in between three skyscrapers as part of the “White Night” festival in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Brazil’s Bale de Rua makes their Australian debut by performing as part of the Sydney Festival in front of the Sydney Opera House.
Matthew Depeters of the USA flies through the air during the Men’s Aerials qualification in the Freestyle Skiing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games on Cypress Mountain.
A couple who took a yacht for a quiet sailing trip was stunned when a 40-ton whale crash-landed on their boat off Cape Town. The pair was enjoying calm seas off the South African coast when the animal flipped into the air and smashed into their mast. Ralph Mothes, 59, and Paloma Werner, 50, were helpless as the beast thrashed around on their 33ft vessel before slipping back into the water.
Miss Werner said: “It really was quite incredible but very scary. The whale was about the same size as the boat. I assumed it would go underneath the boat but instead it sprang out of the sea. We were very lucky to get through it, as the sheer weight of the thing was huge. There were bits of skin and blubber left behind, and the mast was wrecked. It brought down the rigging too. Thank goodness the hull was made of steel and not fibreglass or we could have been ruined”.
Spanish banderiller Pedro Muriel is gored by a bull during a bullfight at the Malagueta bullring in Malaga, Spain. Muriel was gored in the right thigh but his wound is not serious, said his manager Ignacio Gonzalez.
A driver sets a new Guinness World Record by driving along two rows of beer bottles for 60 metres. Li Guiwen, an army driver from Beijing, set the record at a record-setting event hosted by China Central Television and the Guinness World Record Office. He drove along two beer ‘roads’ composed of 1,798 bottles that had been set up in Wenzhou, eastern China’s Zhejiang province. Li drove along the two standing tracks for 60.19 metres in a time of 8m 28s. He had previously attempted the same stunt last year but failed after wet weather caused his right tyre to slip.
Wang Jianguang sets a new Guinness World Record by riding along a row of beer bottles for 20 metres in 19 seconds.
A motoring enthusiast has built a bus capable of hitting more than 350mph. The yellow American-style school bus has been fitted with a jet engine from a Phantom fighter plane, allowing it to reach up to 367mph. Paul Stender and his team from Indy Boys Inc, based in Indianapolis, USA adapted the bus which uses a full tank of 150 gallons of fuel in just one quarter-mile run.
A woman driver ended up parking her car in the roof of this Italian house after she forgot to put on the handbrake. Maria Rizzo, 34, stopped to admire the spectacular view from the street above the house in Alassio in northern Italy. But she was so intent on taking a snap that she forgot to put on the handbrake, and her car rolled away, smashing through a barrier and plunging down the hill onto the house below. It broke through the roof and landed in the bathroom, with the front end wedged in an iron bath which broke the fall and stopped the Fiat Panda plunging further into the house. A police spokesman said: “Luckily no one was home at the time – so nobody was hurt, but the owner of the property did have a surprise when they arrived home.
A Mercedes hangs from the 7th floor parking garage at the Bank of America in Oklahoma. The car backed through the wall after the driver’s foot stuck on the accelerator. Debris rained down to a parking lot below, damaging several cars. No injuries were reported.
People check the damage on the Italian-flagged cruiser Costa Classica in Shanghai. The cruise ship collided with a Belgian cargo ship, Lowlands Longevity, whilst entering the port in Shanghai.
A newly opened museum in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province invited 10 brave men to try on ‘clothes’ made from millions of bees. Dean of the museum Zhao Yicun said each participant first had a queen bee placed on their body and the other worker bees soon followed until the men were coated head-to-toe in their bee clothing.
A member of the Edmonton Eskimos cheer squad is airborne as she performs during the first half of their CFL football game against the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary, Alberta.