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Red Bull Wingsuit Fliers Soar Over the NYC Skyline: VIDEO

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Like a flock of caffeinated sugar gliders, the 5-man team of the Red Bull Air Force took to the skies of New York City in custom wingsuits, gliding over the city skyscape at speeds of up to 120mph before landing safely on a barge in the bay.

The skydive was organized ahead of the Bethpage Air Show on Long Island over MEmorial Day Weekend, Red Bull reports:

Ascending to 2,500 metres above the city via aircraft, the elite skydive team deplaned near the southern tip of Manhattan. Aided by their wingsuits, the flyers were able to propel to 190km/h during freefall, passing by defining buildings of the Financial District, before heading uptown where they deployed their parachutes – landing safely on a barge floating on the Hudson River.

“We got only one shot at this,” said Jeff Provenzano, who completed the monumental jump with fellow Red Bull Air Force members (and New York natives) Sean MacCormac and Amy Chmelecki, alongside team manager Jon Devore and videographer Andy Harrington, who also jumped.

“The FAA air space restrictions were a big challenge,” said Devore, referring to the three major airports surrounding the proposed jump zone, and the limitations imposed after 9/11. But the team obtained the appropriate permits.

“I always believed it would happen,” said Provenzano prior to the jump. “It was just a question of when.”

You can live vicariously through the daredevils courtesy of footage shot by their head-mounted cameras AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch Two Daredevils' Jaw-Dropping BASE Jump from World’s Tallest Building: VIDEO

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Skydivers Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen set a new Guinness World Record this week when the two adrenaline junkies jumped off the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – the tallest building in the world.

The building stands 2,700 feet tall, nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building. My blood pressure went up a bit just watching this video. Absolutely stunning.

Check it out, AFTER THE (BASE) JUMP

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Four Men Arraigned for BASE Jump from WTC Captured on Helmet Cam: VIDEO

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Four men turned themselves in to police on Monday for a September 30 night jump from 1 World Trade Center, which they captured on helmet cam and posted to YouTube.

The NY Daily News reports:

The Daily News reported exclusively in its Monday editions the identities of the men who parachuted off the tower on Sept. 30, an act that initially sparked fears of terrorism at the nation’s tallest building.

James Brady, 32, Andrew Rossig, 33, Marco Markovich, 27, and the lookout, Kyle Hartwell, 29, were charged with burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure, cops said.

They were arraigned Monday night and released on $3,500 bail.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Neil Ross called their actions “utter recklessness” conducted in an “organized fashion.”

The skydivers say that if the video becomes popular on YouTube and pulls in some money, they will donate the proceeds to a charity for families of 9/11 victims, Rossig’s attorney, Timothy Parlatore, told The News. “This was never intended to be a publicity stunt,” Parlatore added. “However, since the police department has turned it into something of a spectacle, the defendants are hoping the video can be used for some good.”

Watch the astonishing video, AFTER THE JUMP...

The incident has turned the spotlight on lax security at 1 World Trade Center, just days after a teen was arrested after crawling through a broken fence, bypassing an "inattentive" guard on Sunday and climbing to the top of the tower.

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Skydiving Plane Collision Footage is Riveting: VIDEO

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You may have read about the accident over the weekend in which two planes filled with skydivers collided in a fiery accident over Wisconsin.

Like most things these days, it was being recorded on video. NBC News obtained the heart-stopping video of the crash and the skydivers' return to Earth. No doubt they are counting their blessings today.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Red Bull Releases Full POV Clip of Felix Baumgartner's Record-Breaking Space Jump: VIDEO

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To promote a new documentary on Felix Baumgartner's record-setting edge-of-space skydiving jump that broke the speed of sound one year ago, Red Bull has released a full video of his jump captured from multiple angles.

Relive the big plunge, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Skydiving into Burning Man: PHOTO

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Now that's what I call making an entrance.

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