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Body Flying in an inverted wind tunnel is an American Idea dating back to 1964 when Jack Tiffany tried it for the first time at Wright Patterson Air Force Base located in Greene and Montgomery County, Ohio. It took another 15 years before a fully recreational closed system was first opened in Las Vegas where it continues operating today.

If you do try body flying anywhere you’ll be learning these important 5 techniques. Trust me, you don’t want to forget them, especially in an open air body flying system!

5 Top Tips for Open Air Body Flying:

1) RELAX but enjoy and have fun (it’s hard work at first but remember you’re having fun, unlike you, your body flying instructor has likely spent hundreds of hours to learn those fancy moves so don’t be intimidated)
2) Position with your chin up and hands and feet arched backwards
3) Land on your back which is notably the exact opposite of your natural instincts
4) Do not look down….ever or you’ll take off in an open air system and who know where you’ll land : > )
5) Watch your instructor. They’ll be communication visually with you at all times.

If you find you really love body flying, there’s even a name for you: “Tunnel Rat”

Most wind tunnels are of the enclosed type, that is, the wind recirculates back down. Subsequently the air temperature is easier to control for year round use and the energy required is significantly less. The downside though is that you don’t get quite the feeling of freedom that you do with an open system such as this one.

This one in Zurich, Switzerland operated by bodyflying.ch is very unusual because it is an open air system which provides a dramatically different experience as my video package clearly shows. The cost of operating this system along with the skills are much greater so, sadly this unique system will likely switch over to a closed system in about 3 years as the operating costs are far too high.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to body fly in the wide open you’ve got less than 3 years to pack your bags, head to Switzerland, don a flight suite and prepare for the Adrenalin rush of your life as you float high above the world, skydiving in reverse!

It’s no wonder that “Tunnel Rats” from around the world seek this facility out for it’s unique body flying experience, here in the heart of Switzerland.

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