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He did it without a wing-suit or a box catcher or a fancy runway :)

 


jeb  (D 24120)

Mar 18, 2012, 12:21 PM
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You Asked for It (19501959), Airplane-to-Horseback Tackle
Needham's first real TV stunt was also one of his best. The scene, on the show You Asked For It, called for a stuntman to sit precariously on the landing gear of a flying plane and tackle a man riding a horse at full gallop. Needham was tapped to be the jump man squatting below the Cessna 150. "The rate of speed that we closed on that horse was unbelievable. That plane was doing about 58 mph, maybe 16 to 18 feet in the air," he says. As the plane made its approach, the pilot was flying so low he had to "hang it on the prop," controlling the plane with engine speed and pointing the nose high in the air. The pilot couldn't see the horse below and Needham had to give him hand signals to help position the plane. "I had to jump 15 to 20 feet before I even got to himand I had to catch him . . . and not the horse." Once lined up, Needham jumped from the plane and sailed through the air, tackling the rider. "My main concern was to get at least one hand on that guy, so that it would look like I was pulling him off that horse. But the main thing was, don't hit that horse. Because if I did, there could have been some kind of wreck."
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jumpsalot-2  (D 33093)

Mar 18, 2012, 1:00 PM
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Re: [jeb] He did it without a wing-suit or a box catcher or a fancy runway :) [In reply to] Can't Post

Do you think there is video/film of this still around? Would be exciting to see the double PLF as the guy left the horse. If only they had a horsey head helmet GoPro faced back at the action.....Tongue


The111  (D 29246)

Mar 18, 2012, 3:16 PM
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Re: [jeb] He did it without a wing-suit or a box catcher or a fancy runway :) [In reply to] Can't Post

Ray Stone also did it in 2008 and broke his nose. Pirate
http://www.matthoover.com/gallery/skydiving-videos/Z-Flock_4.0-HD.html
(his jump is at 3:52, you have to let the video load before you can skip ahead)

Of course the horse tackling guy is quite a bit more hardcore obviously.... but Stoney was a lot older I'll bet.


piisfish

Mar 19, 2012, 1:17 AM
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Re: [jeb] He did it without a wing-suit or a box catcher or a fancy runway :) [In reply to] Can't Post

now the question remains, did he do it twice ? Tongue

thanks for the laugh Jeb. I find it pretty cool that YOU post this subjectTongue


zoobrothertom  (D 9397)

Mar 19, 2012, 6:57 AM
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That's some funny shit!Wink



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