Throwback Thursday: John Vincent’s Famous 1991 BASE Jump Off The World Trade Center

Andrew ReveszBy Andrew Revesz

A proper throwback to John Vincent’s high profile BASE jump off the World Trade Center in 1991, which aired on The Phil Donahue Show in 1995.

From what I’ve read (unverified), John only had 160 skydives at the time and the World Trade Center stunt was his sixth BASE jump.

John’s initial plan to sneak his skydiving rig passed security was thwarted when he saw them searching through bags as they entered the building. So he ordered a BASE rig to wear under his clothing. The rig arrived already packed, and because he’d didn’t know anything about BASE rigs or how to pack them, he jumped it straight out of the box.

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