Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Freefall from 30,000 feet

The Free Fall Research Page:

If you want to know what you would see if you fell from 30,000 feet then have a look at the film 'G' by filmmaker Rolf Gibbs. He intentionally dropped a camera from an airplane. It was weighted to fall lens down and protected so that the video would survive the inevitable collision with the earth.

There are a number of fascinating and scary stories on that page and what could be useful information, such as: Unplanned Freefall? Some Survival Tips.

What the above video brought home to me was just how long you would have to think about it while you were falling, assuming you remained conscious. I was also struck by how fast the last bit seemed to happen compared to the rest. That last thousand feet or so appears to close rather quickly.

It brings to mind what this guy did the other day, which was since ruled a suicide. Now, it seems he had a good long while, (at least a minute or so, his fall was from 10,000 feet) to realize that maybe it wasn't such a good idea.


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