Is this the face of ‘Superman’?
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