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UDIT THAPAR

WINGSUIT PILOT
When it comes to unconventional vocations, Udit Thapar seems to be somewhat of an expert. He dons multiple hats — that of a commercial airline pilot, hot air balloon pilot, microlight pilot and a paragliding pilot, all with equal elan. But prod him on what gives him his biggest high, he answers unequivocally, “My rush is wingsuit flying. Flying wingsuits is a perfect balance between falling and flying. It is also the closest form of human flight. Unlike any other form of flying, after wearing a wingsuit, the body transforms into an aerofoil.” Udit Thapar is one of India’s most prolific skydivers and amongst the nation’s only known wingsuit pilots. He was recently awarded the "Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award" by the President of India. He holds the distinction of being the youngest Indian skydiver at 16 with 800 jumps from 15 types of aircraft and helicopters. He was featured in our original series Rushes.