history of wingsuit

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A jumper by the name of John Carta used to fly a really scary looking wing suit out at Lodi in the late eighties. John was well known for his base jumping exploits. He died in a plane crash at Clear Lake, CA.

If I remember correctly, the wings were made of strips of plexiglass, connected by fabric and screwed together. The thing clattered up a storm as he moved around in the DC3. He jumped that suit successfully several times that I know of. I should have taken pictures of him. Maybe someone else here took some. I know that a lot of the jumpers around then took pictures. Maybe someone will post one.

That suit was really freaky looking. At the time I didn't have many jumps. I was surprised that he was allowed on the plane. Bill Dause runs a unique operation.

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