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Marc set for wingsuit world record attempt

Thursday, 6 April 2017

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ARMAGH daredevil Marc Daly will be confronted with sub-zero air temperatures at 33,000 ft as the wingsuit skydiver attempts to break a world record in the skies above California.

Marc is flying to the United States on Wednesday (April 5) as part of a three-man Irish Wingsuit Team determined to affirm Ireland's place in sports aviation history.

The Discovery Channel will be there in Davis, close to Sacramento city, California to capture the team's epic endeavours.

Marc, who will be joined by team mates Co. Kildare brothers Stephen and David Duffy, will face a multitude of challenges in their world record attempt; from the second the team exits the aircraft, they are thrown into an environment that cannot support life.

The life expectancy for an individual exposed at these altitudes is 30 to 40 seconds - without the use of a suitable life support system. The trio, however, will be wearing protective, specialist equipment to guard them against blindness and hyperthermia. Each of them will be fitted with a military grade HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) oxygen support system.

The men will also be exiting an aircraft travelling at over 3.5 times the normal skydive exit speed into outside air temperature of an astounding -55 degrees Celsius or below, compounded by the wind chill factor, meaning it will be the most crucial element of the event.

In preparation Marc and his team mates will undergo intense training sessions, including altitude hypoxia induced medicals, altitude and oxygen life support system training, as well as a number of training jumps above normal exit altitudes, before taking on the high altitude record jump itself.

Supporting them is an elite team comprising GPS and technical support engineers, an oxygen specialist, flight crew, equipment rigger, operations manager, record attempt officials, among others.

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