Sunday, February 28, 2010

Jumping Off The CN Tower

Here's a little bit of Toronto history from the torontoist blog about stuntman Dar Robinson's jump off the CN tower in 1980. Actually, he had already performed the stunt once before for a movie, but he used a parachute that time.

The second time was far more dangerous with only a single wire attached to an experimental braking system to break his fall. Bad weather and the wind vortexes around the Tower were other factors that he had to contend with. Both these risks are graphically demonstrated in the video using a test dummy. Dar had good reason to be nervous when he finally took the plunge on August 12, 1980.

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