There are no maps for these adventures. Because they haven't been written yet. Join Jeep® brand and Outside as they follow Rex Pemberton, an amazing aerobatics trailblazer, who is carving his own route through the unexplored and living Beyond Adventure.
— THE X WING PROJECT —
Rex pemberton is an expert wing suit flyer - about to elevate this intense sport to an entirely new level. Follow Rex as he straps a carbon fiber delta wing to his back and attempts to fly over the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles to Catalina Island.
He made histroy at the age of 21 as the youngest Australian to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. He followed that by conquering the remaining Seven Summits-reaching the highest peak on each of the seven continents-at age of 23. He is constantly searching for new ways to challenge himself and the world we live in. He has made over 4,000 skydives (3,000 while piloting a wingsuit) and 350 wingsuit BASE jumps, and is a pioneer in Wingsuit Flight, performing in air shows around the world.
The X Wing project didn't get off the ground without help and hard work. Meet a few team members who are helping make the X Wing dream a reality.
Jhonathan Florez is an expert BASE jumper, skydiver and wingsuit pilot. He holds multiple wingsuit flying world records and has reached speeds of close to 180 miles/hour in his wingsuit. His ability to fly fast will help him keep up with Rex and his faster X wing.
Todd Davis is an extreme sports athelete, landscape designer and children's book author. He is a wingsuit veteran, having been part of multiple record breaking teams. He will photograph and video Rex's crossing.
Jason Johanson is a pilot, flight instructor and general contractor. He has been part of the project from the very beginning. His knowledge of fiberglass and composite construction, carbon fiber and how they integrate with Rex's body has been vital.
Melissa Pemberton is a world-class aerobatics competitor. She earned her pilot license at 18 and performed in her first airshow at 20. She flies a lightweight, highly maneuverable aerobatic aircraft and will fly alongside Rex as he attempts the crossing.
The X WING - Version 11
Wingspan: 6.2 feet
weight: 25 lbs
frame: Aircraft-grade aluminum
wing: Attaches to Rex via a custom-molded backplate. Rex controls the ability to climb or descend by arching and rounding his back
parachutes: Under normal use, a custom-made system allows Rex and the X Wing to land safely. In emergency situations, the X Wing will deploy its own chute and Rex will freefall like a normal skydiver
wing material: Fiberglass and composite construction with a carbon fiber outer skin
THE EDGE 540
Wingspan: 24.4 feet
Length: 20.7 feet
MAX'G': +/- 10
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