Is this the face of ‘Su­per­man’?

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT

STUNT­MAN Gary Con­nery has sparked spec­u­la­tion that he could be the mys­tery man that the Ex­press re­ported had been spot­ted ‘fly­ing’ through the sky above the town

Gary posted a link on his Face­book page to a story about an of­fi­cial re­port in which pi­lots recorded see­ing a hu­man UFO zip­ping past the side of their air­craft at 3,500ft.

He com­mented: “Haha, me in train­ing for my very own www.stuntchal­lenge”.

How­ever, when the Ex­press con­tacted him to ask about the claims he would nei­ther con­firm or deny whether he was the ‘man’ that pi­lots had spot­ted.

Avi­a­tion ex­perts ad­mit­ted they were baf­fled by the sight­ing of the hu­man UFO, who has been dubbed the ‘Su­per­man of Mac­cles­field’.

He ap­peared from nowhere as the Air­bus 320 passed above Bro­ken Cross, and flew to­wards cen­tral Mac­cles­field, while it was com­ing in to land at Manch­ester Air­port.

The pi­lot and first of­fi­cer, who re­ported th e s i g h t- ing to air traf­fic con­trol, thought the man was a paraglider but said they could not see a canopy.

It is thought the mys­tery man was above Rainow at the time and the mys­tery deep­ened as there was no sign of him on radar.

Gary, 45, has been a stunt­man for film and tele­vi­sion for almost 20 years and worked on films such as James Bond, In­di­ana Jones, Harry Pot­ter and Bat­man.

He has pre­vi­ously jumped from he­li­copters, planes and cliff-faces wear­ing a spe­cial ‘ wing suit’ that al­lows him to fly through the air and land safely on the ground. When we con­tacted Gary about the Face­book com­ment, he told the Ex­press: “Hun­dreds of peo­ple are talk­ing about it be­ing me but I’m not say­ing whether it was or not.

“It would be silly for me to ad­mit it to a jour­nal­ist.

“But if it was it might have been train­ing for an up­com­ing stunt. And it is an area that I have never flown over be­fore; it’s a beau­ti­ful part of the world.”

Gary is the only per­son to have jumped from a he­li­copter with­out a para­chute and us­ing only a ‘wing suit’.

One of his all-ac­tion rou­tines was seen all around the world after he acted as the stunt dou­ble for the Queen dur­ing the James Bond seg­ment of London 2012’s Olympic open­ing cer­e­mony.

Gary, who lives in Hen­ley-on- hames, added: “That was my

Tproud­est mo­ment, fly­ing in to what is es­sen­tially my home town to an au­di­ence of 1.4 bil­lion peo­ple.

“I’m cur­rently work­ing on Stunt Chal­lenge UK, which is like tough mud­der, but as peo­ple take on the ob­sta­cle course they are also put into dif­fer­ent cin­e­matic sce­nar­ios. So as you go through the course you also have gun­fire, ex­plo­sions, fire, wind and rain.”

Of­fi­cials at the UK Air­prox Board, which in­ves­ti­gates near-misses in Bri­tish airspace, have pre­vi­ously said the mys­tery of what the pi­lots had seen may never be solved. De­scrib­ing the pi­lots’ ac­count, the re­port said: “They first sighted the ob­ject a few hun­dred me­tres in the 11 o’clock po­si­tion 200 to 300ft above. It passed down the left-hand side of the air­craft at 100 to 200 me­tres.”

Air traf­fic con­trollers on the ground could also see noth­ing on their radar screens at the time of the in­ci­dent at 1.30pm on June 13.

And ex­perts from the Bri­tish Hang Glid­ing and Paraglid­ing As­so­ci­a­tion said weather con­di­tions at the time would have made it im­pos­si­ble for a lone flyer to be in the area.

week; Gary pre­pares to leap from a moun­tain and a he­li­copter; In­set be­low, re­lax­ing after a dare­devil leap

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