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🚁 This week we're inspired by record holder Kyle Lobpries, an ex-Marine pilot who always had a dream of soaring through the skies. Kyle’s ambition was always to take flight – as a child he was mesmerized watching a man wingsuit on television. “I used to make home-made bird costumes out of construction paper with little feathers and claws, imagining that they would enable me to fly.” Kyle has since been keen to become a pro himself at the sport of wingsuiting, which involves gliding through the air in a specially designed suit fitted with connective material between each limb of the body.
After college, Kyle decided to become an experienced skydiver, using his knowledge of aerodynamics and flying from his days as a helicopter pilot in the Marines to further break into the risky pursuit of wingsuiting.
Several icons of the sport won his admiration, including Colombian record holder Jhonathan Florez, who unfortunately died in 2015 after crashing into the side of Mount Titlis in Switzerland during a wingsuit flight, proving that although this is sometimes viewed as one of the most liberating sports, there is a great deal amount of risk involved.
Knowing the potential repercussions, Kyle decided to pursue Florez's record for the greatest horizontal distance flown in a wingsuit.
Despite a fall that nearly went wrong mid-flight, he managed to persevere and achieve a record-breaking distance of 30.406 km (18.89 miles). To read Kyle's full story, including all the twists and turns, click the link in our bio. Tag someone who needs motivation to follow their dreams!
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