“Escape artist faces coffin skydive at 14,500 feet”
“Imagine the terror of being handcuffed, chained and locked inside a wooden casket that is subsequently dragged out of an airplane at 14,500 feet.
That’s the scenario Anthony Martin faces later Tuesday when he takes to the sky over Serena in northern Illinois.
The box will be rolled out of the plane – a Short SC.7 Skyvan – at about 14,500 feet. Two skydivers will stabilize the box by holding handles on the side while a drogue similar to the parachutes used to slow drag-racing cars and fighter jets will further steady it from the top as Martin picks the locks. He expects to be free and tracking away at around 7,000 feet after about 40 seconds of free fall, and plans to land on a farm in Serena, 70 miles southwest of Chicago.”