How Fast Can You Fly in a Wingsuit?

Wingsuit pilot Jhonathan Florez brings us along for the 180 mph ride on his latest test run.
By Josh Sampiero

For those of you who think that piloting a wingsuit is simply hucking yourself out of a plane or off a cliff and pointing your head in the direction you want to go, you couldn't be more right – or more wrong.

While the basics may be simple, the fine-tuning certainly isn't. Especially when you're trying to reach speeds over 125 mph – while in complete control. And it's not just about steering yourself – there's a reason it's called a 'wing' suit. Make changes to the wing, and you'll make changes to its flight path and velocity.

A portrait of Colombian wingsuit flier Jhonathon Flórez
Jhonathon Flórez © Balazs Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool

Jhonathan Florez has just finished up some extensive testing on a modified wingsuit design. The goal of the new design? Speed, and lots of it. While the details of his suit modifications are his own little secret, he let us send a cameraman along and shared a little bit of the data from his on-board (on-body?) instrumentation.

One little problem: our cameraman could barely keep up! Check out the video above for some epic footage of Florez's test jumps, including some POV video.

Want more wild aerial action, including skydiving, BASE jumping, and wingsuit flying? Check out the Miles Above video series.

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