Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by buggi, 5 Jan 2008.

  1. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

  2. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation


    On tv earlier they seemed to be saying that he followed advice to lay sideways on the platform and that this took some of the impact and he didn't bang his head. Reminds me of the story of the lady in world war two who fell out of a bomber.
  3. OP

    buggi Bird Saviour

    well, i suppose he had 47 storeys to think about it! so the advice is, fall sideways?
  4. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    No, lie on your tummy.
  5. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

  6. LordoftheTeapot

    LordoftheTeapot Veteran

  7. Jaded

    Jaded New Member

    He'll have lots of storeys to tell.
  8. redshift

    redshift Senior Member

    You mean Flight Sgt Alkemade, who was a rear gunner in a Lancaster, who opted to jump, rather than die in the aircraft? Not a woman, IIRC. :biggrin:
  9. spesh

    spesh Well-Known Member

    Five points to Shifty

    Marinyork may very well have been thinking about Vesna Vulović, who holds the record for surviving the highest fall without a parachute: 10,160 meters (33,316 feet).

    For the record, Nick Alkemade fell 18,045 feet (5500 meters)

    Other incidents include Alan Eugene Magee, an American airman during World War II who survived a 22,000 foot (6,700 meter) fall from his damaged B-17 Flying Fortress over Saint-Nazaire, France (crashing through the glass roof of the railway station), and I.M. Chisov, a Soviet Airforce Lieutenant who is notable for surviving a fall of nearly 22,000 feet in January 1942.
  10. redshift

    redshift Senior Member

    Crumbs! I didn't know about her.

    Funnily enough Alkemade's story was mentioned in the RI Christmas Lectures last week, which is why it sprang to mind.
  11. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Funny how the mind warps two events into one that was only a few years out. I did mean Vesna Vulović. A nasty business but an amazing story.
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