Gary Connery: stuntman completes 2400ft skydive without a parachute

The 42-year-old daredevil plunged from a helicopter in a death-defying feat before landing in an area containing 18,600 cardboard boxes.

The father-of-two, a veteran of 880 sky dives, 450 base jumps and dozens of film and television roles, jumped this afternoon above Ridge Wood, Bucks to become the first person to jump from such a height and live without deploying a parachute.

The entire flight of nearly a mile took less than a minute and was only given the green light because the weather conditions were “perfect”.

Mr Connery, from nearby Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, dropped for three seconds before reaching speeds of more than 80mph in a specially developed wing suit that “started to fly”.

He landed on a strip measuring about 350ft (100m) by 45ft (15m) – and at its highest point 12ft off the ground – at Temple Island Meadows, on the Buckinghamshire and Berkshire border.

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