|An unidentified stunt double for actress Halle Berry and Actor Pierce
Brosnan, is fitted into a one person glider called "Switchblade", used in
the new James Bond movie "Die Another Day".
Right down the road a ways and en route to the Oregon Coast from Bend OR, home of Electrifying Times, Jack McCornack of Cave Junction, and president & co-owner Dave Rogers of Kinetic Aerospace, designed the "Switchblade."
Their aviation company built this one and other workable models of the PHASST glider (Programmable High Altitude Single Soldier Transport.)
McCornack and co-owner Dave Rogers, are also developing other aircraft for the next Bond movie.
The "Switchblade" has electrically powered retractable wings that control the speed and trajectory of the the most minimal one person aircraft on planet earth.
In the movie Allen Hewit, a former British military stunt team parachutist, serves as 007's double to pilot the Switchblade, as it is launched from the back of a helicopter, to glide the agent undetected into North Korea.
You see the Switchblade for only about 23 seconds in the movie, but Kinetic Aerospace is still proud of their revolutionary craft.
Last summer during tests over the Arizona desert, Kinetic Aerospace determined the switchblade will glide at
nearly 200 mph and in stealth mode.
"It's a stealth glider" said engineering assistant Sharon Wescott, and it really flies just like in the movie. "From the original concept to the finished design, it all worked." McCornack designed and tested the glider at his Illinois Valley Airport shop.
The body in constructed of a carbon filament and epoxy fiberglass, weighs about 50 lbs and has a wing span of 8 ft. The pilot who
lies face down atop the glider with feet tucked between the tail wings, uses
hand controls to engage a small electric motor that extends the wings. Other
controls, patterned after those used to glide parachutes, steer the glider
so only an experienced parachutist can fly the Switchblade.
Specialty wooden boxes were built by Crate Ideas of Cave Junction, OR, and the gliders were shipped to England in time for the
filming in February 2002. McCornack and Westcott accompanied the Switchblades to London, where the gliders were reassembled
When the pair arrived at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, they realized the movie's showing was actually its world premier, complete with all the film's stars, producers and other special guests.
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Definitely go see the Bond movie and the Switchblade and subscribe to Electrifying Times to get more information about
this revolutionary flying machine in our upcoming issue. Bruce Meland
829 NW Delaware Ave. Bend, OR 97701