Cédric Dumont soars over the Great Pyramids of Giza

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Photographer Credit Noah Bahnson / Red Bull Content Pool

Cédric Dumont makes the first ever wing-suit flight witnessed by the Great Pyramids of Giza.

(ISN) – GIZA (EGYPT) – An identified flying object has been spotted in the sky of Giza on Thursday, January 29 as athlete Cédric Dumont performed the first ever wing-suit jump that landed right at the steps of the Great Pyramids of Giza. Starting as a freefall, it then developed into a wing-suit flight, ending up with an open parachute hovering in one of the most unique airspaces in the world.

What made this jump even more impressive is that Dumont opened his helmet’s visor once he released his parachute to enjoy the view and unique sight. It seemed to be the best “seat” in the house. As soon as his feet touched the grounds of Khafre, located between Khufu and Menkaure pyramids, the 43 years old Belgian athlete could not hide his emotions and genuine excitement. “Flying over the Pyramids has such a mystical and unmatched energy, one of the most incredible flights I have ever performed,” said Dumont.

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Photographer Credit Noah Bahnson / Red Bull Content Pool

However, this is not his first visit to Cairo, Dumont had previously attempted a BASE jump from the Cairo Tower in 2012, which was canceled due to risky wind conditions. He now returns to the last of the original seven wonders of the world, thanks to the cooperation from Egypt’s Ministries of Defense, Youth & Sports as well as Antiquities and the General Secretariat. To date, Dumont has more than 10,000 skydives and 2,000 BASE jumps under his suit, the first of which dates back to 1996 when he jumped from a 75-metre-high bridge at the Belgian-German border in St-Vith.

His records include the first ever BASE jump from Lithuania’s tallest, 170-meter high Vilnius TV tower in 2009; the world’s highest railway bridge in Montenegro (201m); the Royal Gorge Bridge in Cañon City, Colorado — the highest suspended bridge in the world (384m); and off the 431 meter-high Jin-Mao tower in Shanghai in a BASE wingsuit. In addition to completing the highest jumps in the world, on the “flip side”, Cedric Dumont has also recorded the world’s lowest BASE jumps, including a free-fall jump from a height of just 35 meters.

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Photographer Credit Noah Bahnson / Red Bull Content Pool

Dumont has competed in the X Games three times, finished third in the Skysurfing World Cup and won the Brazilian Open of Skysurfing. He also has a degree in Applied Sports Psychology and coaches’ professional athletes on the mental edge and skills necessary to achieve their goals and unleash their full potential.

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