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The ‘Birdman of Henley’ completed his parachuteless dive yesterday, proving that a man can actually fly, sort of.

“Essentially, it’s a controlled crash,” Gary Connery said yesterday after he picked himself up from the cardboard boxes in which he ‘landed’ after he had leapt from a helicopter 2,400ft above the ground. 

Stepping off the helicopter’s skids, Connery soared through the skies aided by only his wingsuit, cruising at speeds of 80mph before landing in a field in Marlow, Buckinghamshire – becoming the first man in history to complete a parachuteless jump of this kind. 

Connery, who has completed over 880 skydives and 450 base jumps and works as a stuntman. 

He has entered the history books as the first person to pull of this death- (and gravity-defying stunt. 

Photo: getty.

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Video: Wingsuit daredevil Gary Connery completes parachuteless skydive
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