The pyramids of Egypt are among the most-visited attractions in the world; they are ancient wonders from one of the most powerful (and mysteriously alluring) empires in history. Recently, they got a new visitor, Cédric Dumont, who made the first-ever wingsuit flight over the iconic landmarks, landing at the steps of the Great Pyramids of Giza.
“It was one of the most unique flying experiences of my life because of the unique visual of the pyramids,” said the 43-year-old athlete. “I've been dreaming of this project for a few years, and it took a long time to get the permissions. It's military airspace above the pyramids — no one is supposed to fly above them.”
It's not the first time Dumont has visited Egypt. He had previously attempted a B.A.S.E. jump from the Cairo Tower in 2012, but that attempt was cancelled due to risky wind conditions. This flight was made possible thanks to cooperation from Egypt's Ministries of Defense, Youth & Sports, as well as Antiquities and the General Secretariat.
Dumont's other feats include the first B.A.S.E. jump from Lithuania's tallest building, the 550-foot Vilnius TV tower in 2009; the world's highest railway bridge in Montenegro (660 ft.); the Royal Gorge Bridge in Cañon City, Colorado, which is the highest suspended bridge in the world (1,260 ft.); and off the 1,414-ft. Jin-Mao tower in Shanghai in a B.A.S.E. wingsuit.
In addition to completing the highest jumps in the world, Dumont has also recorded the world's lowest B.A.S.E. jumps, including a freefall jump from a height of just 115 feet.