Gary Connery made history on 23 May 2012, when he jumped from a helicopter at 2,200 feet over Henley-on-Thames and landed on a stack of cardboard boxes without opening a parachute. He wore a wingsuit, commonly used by skydivers to extend freefall time and fly around the sky, however nobody had ever landed one. Gary is not just a skydiver and BASE jumper, but also a stunt man (he was the parachuting double for the Queen at the Olympic opening ceremony!). However even using the wingsuit to slow his descent, he would still be travelling at a potentially unsurvivable speed. Gary made four practice jumps, opening a parachute each time to check that his accuracy would be perfect. Once he committed to the jump, he had to be absolutely sure of hitting the target as there would be no chance to open a parachute at the last moment. Gary passed the point of no return and a cheer went up as he hit the boxes, followed immediately by silence as everyone waited for confirmation that he was all right. He calmly walked out from between the boxes, kissed his wife, and took his place in history.
British Parachute Association