Alastair Macartney of jump4heros is a well-known BASE jumper and canopy pilot, as well as an officer in the British Army. As this post is penned, Alastair is huddled in a hotel room somewhere in Kansas City with a bunch of nylon and lines strewn all over the hotel room floor, meticulously working his way through a BASE packjob.
Come morning, Alastair plans to unfold the poppy logoed Troll 265 by stepping off the 217 foot Liberty Memorial at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, KS. The jump is intended to raise awareness for the members of Armed Forces, past and present. To read more about the background of this jump which is performed in conjunction with Alastair’s upcoming talk at TEDxKC, check out his blog.
Teaming up with TEDxKC and the National World War I Museum, he will perform this never before attempted feat using a canopy emblazoned with a Poppy logo — the famous symbol from the Great War. On Tuesday evening he will talk about his experiences at TEDxKC; this year’s program theme is Defy Impossible. Very fitting.
And now that all the stars did align and weather cooperated, we are happy to confirm that the jump took place. On live TV to boost. You can watch the news video via Fox News 4 in Kansas City. If you are keen to catch a glimpse of Alastair’s last TED talk, click here: I Believe I Can Fly.