Ouch! Branson's Big Jump Goes, Ah, Not Quite As Planned | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 03.30.15

Airborne 03.31.15

Airborne 03.25.15

Airborne 03.26.15

Airborne 03.27.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 03.30.15

Airborne 03.31.15

Airborne 03.25.15

Airborne 03.26.15

Airborne 03.27.15

 

Thu, Oct 11, 2007

Ouch! Branson's Big Jump Goes, Ah, Not Quite As Planned

Split Trousers, Building 'Bump' End Rappelling Stunt

It didn't end well. Sir Richard Branson's leap off the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas -- part of a marketing stunt to promote the launch of service on Virgin America to the city -- ended Wednesday night with his trousers split, and a grimace on his face most guys can probably relate to.

As ANN reported, Branson (right) planned to smoothly rapel 407 feet off the resort hotel's Fantasy tower Wednesday night, dressed in a tuxedo and throwing handfuls of free Virgin America tickets to the crowd on his way down.

Instead, in the words of London's Daily Mail newspaper, Branson wound up with "a bum deal."

The rebel billionaire -- no stranger to flashy gimmicks, nor the occasional miscue during aforesaid stunts -- instead impacted the side of the tower about halfway down, still on the bungee line but clearly in pain. He also split his trousers during the collision.

The impact left Branson clearly embarrassed -- as he tried to cover the pants split with his hands -- and more than a bit winded.

(Consider that the harness Branson jumped in was secured, in part, by straps that run between his legs... yeah. Like we said, many guys know that feeling -- Ed.)

"The wind picked up as he was coming down and as he bumped against the building, his trousers split very quickly," one source told the Daily Mail. "He has a few bumps and bruises but he did not have to go to hospital and he is counting himself lucky.

"Richard is laughing about it now but he was shocked at the time."

Branson was lowered to the ground by Virgin staffers. He was able to walk away from the scene, and thanked reporters for coming before hastily retreating into the hotel.

FMI: www.virginamerica.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 03.30.15: Provisional TC-HondaJet, NASA/Mars, Lightspeed's Bluetooth

Also: New York Airways 1962, Mica Wants Privatized ATC, Ares UAV, Textron ProAdvantage, Boeing SC Union Vote, Whirly Girls The Honda Aircraft Company has announced that the HondaJe>[...]

Gone West: Lt. Col. Robert Hite

Had Been One Of The Doolittle Raiders Who Attacked Tokyo In 1942 One of the last of the 80 men to climb aboard 16 B-25 bombers and launch from an aircraft carrier in April 1942 to >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.31.15)

Shawn Pederson - Road to Recovery Six months ago, Shawn "Norm" Pederson took the road less travelled. After retiring from a career of public service as United States Air Force pilo>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.31.15): Decision Height

With respect to the operation of aircraft, means the height at which a decision must be made during an ILS, MLS, or PAR instrument approach to either continue the approach or to ex>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.31.15)

“NBAA is pleased that the FAA continues to recognize the importance of this tool to NBAA Member business aircraft owners seeking to maximize the efficiency and usability of a>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC