Fall­ing into place

Men's Fitness - - Feature Title -

The Red Bull Air Force team cov­ers a va­ri­ety of skills – sky­divers, base jumpers, wing­suit fly­ers, pi­lots, para­troop­ers – but they all have one thing in com­mon: a to­tal lack of fear. When in­vited to their train­ing camp in Ari­zona to shoot them cre­at­ing and prac­tis­ing new ma­neou­vres, pho­tog­ra­pher Michael Clarke found him­self mar­vel­ling at their courage. ‘Spend­ing time with guys who seemed so gen­uinely fear­less was a real eye-opener,’ says Clarke. It rubbed off on him too. ‘I was strapped to the out­side of the plane as the pi­lot, Kirby Cham­liss, flew as close as three me­tres to the freefalling divers, en­abling me to cap­ture that per­fect, heart-wrench­ing mo­ment just be­fore the parachute is pulled.’

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