I know the First person to jump a Birdman suit, Base was a guy from Norway. His name is Dag, and he is the cameraman for the Deland norgie's. He did it off of the Locals tower in Deland Florida. Pulled so low he diddnt have time to flare or anything. But he walked away from it.
How about Franz Reichelt from the Eiffel tower in 1912... BTW he didn't make it - he figured he could land the suit itself... He did, but it didn't save him...
The suit had a wingspan of about 15 ft., with wooden stays to keep it extended. Franz did one practice jump from about 10-12 ft to see if he thought it would work... He had permission to do a drop test with a dummy from the 180' level, but figured he might as well try it himself... Bad idea...
(This post was edited by skypuppy on Nov 1, 2002, 9:54 PM)
Taken from Adrian Nicholas article on [url]http://www.skydivemag.com[/url] about P. deGayardon.
"He made the longest base delay ever. 32 seconds, using his wings. That was the first of the many times he used a Stiletto for BASE jumps, as he'd lent his base rig to someone else so that they could jump too."
According to Stein Edvardsen (Norwegian BASE Federation President), the first wingsuit BASE flight was made by Partick de Gayardon (spelling?) in winter or spring 1996 at Lysefjord, Norway. Stein took him there, and they hired a helicopter to get to the top, as the roads were still closed.