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September 10, 2023

John Vincent BASE Jumps From the World Trade Center in 1991

A proper throwback to John Vincent’s high profile BASE jump off the World Trade Center in 1991, which aired on The Phil Donahue Show in 1995. John only had 160 skydives at the time and the World Trade Center stunt was his sixth BASE jump.

John’s initial plan to sneak his skydiving rig passed security was thwarted when he saw them searching through bags as they entered the building. So he ordered a BASE rig to wear under his clothing. The rig arrived already packed, and because he’d didn’t know anything about BASE rigs or how to pack them, he jumped it straight out of the box.

In the late 1980s, John began honing his skills as a skydiver and BASE jumper, relentlessly perfecting his techniques while forming connections within the tight-knit community of fellow thrill-seekers. The World Trade Center, iconic in its stature and symbolism, became the ultimate challenge in John’s eyes. He spent months meticulously planning every detail of the jump, studying wind patterns, assessing the best exit point, and calculating the precise timing needed to execute the jump without detection.

The night of the jump was a mix of nerves and exhilaration. As he stood on the edge of the World Trade Center, John’s heart raced with a blend of fear and determination. With the city’s skyline as his backdrop, he took the leap into the abyss, soaring through the air with unparalleled freedom. The seconds felt like an eternity, and the rush of wind against his body was both terrifying and electrifying.

John’s successful landing and subsequent escape captured the attention of the world, sparking intense debates about the boundaries of personal freedom and the risks people were willing to take in pursuit of their passions. Some admired his audacity, viewing him as a modern-day pioneer who embodied the spirit of adventure. Others condemned his actions, citing the potential dangers he posed to himself and those around him.

In the aftermath of the jump, John Vincent remained an enigmatic figure, shying away from the spotlight while continuing to explore new challenges in the realm of extreme sports. His daring feat left an indelible mark on the history of BASE jumping and extreme adventure, reminding us all of the unyielding human spirit that drives us to conquer the impossible, regardless of the consequences.


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