Russell Day Gallery


The Art of Flight, Wingsuit B.A.S.E. Jumping
Brandon Mikesell and Ben McClure
Photography and Videography
A collection of full wall sized video displays, wingsuits, equipment, and information graphics about the physics of wingsuit flying will be on display.
September 21 – October 23, 2015
Meet the Flyers: 
Thursday, September 24, 12:30-2:30pm

Watch the latest video at

Branfdon Mikesell's GoPro: Majestic Wingsuit Flight in Switzerland

Wingsuit flying

Wingsuit flying (or wingsuiting) is the sport of flying through the air using a wingsuit, which adds surface area to the human body to enable a significant increase in lift. The modern wingsuit, first developed in the late 1990s, creates a surface area with fabric between the legs and under the arms. Wingsuits are sometimes referred to as "birdman suits" (after the makers of the first commercially available wingsuit), "flying squirrel suits" (due to their resemblance to the animal), and "bat suits" (due to their vague resemblance to the animal or perhaps the superhero).

A wingsuit flight normally ends by deploying a parachute, and so a wingsuit can be safely flown from any point that provides sufficient altitude for flight and parachute deployment—normally a skydiving drop aircraft, or BASE-jump exit point. The wingsuit flier wears parachute equipment specially designed for skydiving or BASE jumping. While the parachute flight is normal, the canopy pilot typically unzips arm wings (after deployment) to be able to reach the steering parachute toggles and control the descent path.