Man Successfully Performs Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Rocket Jump

September 19, 2016

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This is a video of stuntman Eddie Braun successfully performing Evel Knievel's 1974 Snake River Canyon rocket jump. Evel's attempt was unsuccessful due to a premature parachute deployment that prevented him from crossing the canyon. Premature deployment: it can ruin everything.

at 3:54 pm, Braun hopped into a rocket that was built to be as close as possible to the original and launched from a 10-story ramp. After flying almost 2,000 feet at around 400 miles per hour, he safely touched down on the other side and made history.

It took over three years of planning and building to complete the feat, along with $1.5-million of Eddie's own money. No word at what point during those three years his wife gave up on her husband's rocketman dream and left him, but I didn't see a ring on his finger.

Keep going for two videos: just the jump, and a video news report (which includes footage of Evel's failed attempt).

Thanks to KM, who wants to do the same thing but with a giant slingshot. Now you're talking.

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