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WTC BASE Jumpers’ Wild Ride
Through Their Eyes

New York Post, by Joe Tacopino

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Posted By:mc squared, 3/25/2014 9:51:48 AM

The breath-taking video of three BASE jumpers who leaped off the Freedom Tower last fall was released Monday night as the trio were set to be arraigned in court. Daredevils James Brady, Andrew Rossig and Marko Markovich — who turned themselves in on Monday afternoon — released the video of their stunt from Sept. 30 on YouTube. The leap off the 1,776-foot-tall building’s spire is seen in first person from a helmet cam. The jumper is seen plummeting for several seconds, pulling his ripcord and floating down to land safely in a West Side Highway intersection several blocks from the

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I know all the arguments, but I like these guys and wish I had the bravado they have. A nice break from the missing 777 and Crimea. The video is mesmerizing.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rather Read, 3/25/2014 9:57:17 AM     (No. 9783252)

In 1974 Phillipe Petit sneaked into the World Trade Center and with some helpers, strung a tightrope between the towers. Then the next morning he walked the rope between the towers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pros7767, 3/25/2014 10:08:34 AM     (No. 9783266)

Sorry but I find the video quite disturbing. I can´t help but think this is what those poor souls who jumped from the towers on 9/11 saw in their final moments.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 3/25/2014 10:18:19 AM     (No. 9783284)

One of them is reportedly an iron worker who helped build the WTC. I guess he felt familiarity with the building.

The Porto Authority obviously isn´t guarding the building very well.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 3/25/2014 10:18:46 AM     (No. 9783285)

sorry, that´s Port Authority.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MaMe2, 3/25/2014 10:24:09 AM     (No. 9783296)

I´m with #2 . The stunt is in poor taste at best.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mc squared, 3/25/2014 11:18:29 AM     (No. 9783399)

I was working on Thomas street in the 70s.

Twice I exited the train at Chambers St to see someone on the old WTC; Phillipe Petit in 74 AND George Willig in 77.
I still remember the looks on people craning their necks to see the daredevils.

Along with so many others, I lost a good friend on the 110th floor, and he may have been one of the jumpers.

We have lost the American ability to root for the unusual. Seems people take this stunt different ways, but with the Russians, the economy, Iran, jobs, the IRS, NSA, and Everything Obama, I don´t see this as seriously criminal.

(this happened months ago and another trespass happened this week. Where was the security? Anyone want criminal charges?)







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Reply 7 - Posted by: vrb8m, 3/25/2014 11:23:27 AM     (No. 9783411)

There is a really wonderful documentary titled ´Man on Wire´, which chronicles Phillip Petit´s extraordinary adventure leading up to and eventually walking the wire between the two towers. It´s quite marvelous.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TXknitter, 3/25/2014 4:22:22 PM     (No. 9783950)

I am in the camp with #2 and 5. The interview with these two said it all. "Hey, it´s just OUR thing." Yes, boys, it´s all about YOU. Nary a thought about how many innocent victims of terrorism HAD to jump not for fun but to try and escape the terrifying flames.

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