By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Apr 24, 2014
Two daredevil BASE jumping enthusiasts from France have set a new record for the sport after leaping from the top of the world’s tallest building.
Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet plunged more than half a mile from Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which stands at about 2,716 feet.
"This is the dream, you know? It's the highest building in the world," Reffet says in the video above, where you can watch their descent from a platform atop the building in their bright yellow jumpsuits, with orange smoke trailing from their feet for added visibility.
“The jump was taped from several angles by photographers in helicopters,” reports the New York Daily News. “The two men join hands during their freefall and [spiral] until their parachutes open, guiding them to solid ground where they congratulate each other with a hug.”
In the video, Fugen explains why they jump.
"We don't like to scare ourselves. It's not the goal," he says. "People think you BASE jump because you're crazy, you like to get scared, but we like to fly."
According to the Daily News, “The pair trained for the epic stunt during a week in Switzerland by BASE jumping off of the Lauterbrunnen Mountain, a peak that is nearly the same height as the Burj Khalifa, according to a statement by the Guinness World Records. Most recently, Fugen and Reffet conditioned their bodies for the real thing by jumping out of a helicopter in Dubai.”