REX PEMBERTON — THE X WING PROJECT —

Rex Pemberton is an expert wing suit flyer – about to elevate this intense sport to an entirely new level. Follow Rex as he straps a carbon fiber delta wing to his back and attempts to fly over the Pacific Ocean from Los Angeles to Catalina Island.

EPISODE ONE
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FLIGHT PLAN

— L.A. AIRSPACE to CATALINA ISLAND —

Altitude:
18,000 FT. Above Sea Level
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Velocity:
160 MPH Max. Forward Speed
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Distance:
15 MILES Glide from LAX Bravo Airspace to Catalina Island
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Glide Radio:
5:1 Distance forward: Descent
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Jump Aircraft:
Skyvan Twin Turbopop
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THE X WING TEAM

— OUR FLIGHT CREW —

EPISODE TWO
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ABOUT REX

He made history at age 21 as the youngest Australian to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. He followed that by conquering the remaining Seven Summits—reaching the highest peaks on each of the seven continents—at age 23. He is constantly searching for new ways to challenge himself and the world we live in. He has made over 4,000 skydives (3,000 while piloting a wingsuit) and 350 wingsuit BASE jumps, and is a pioneer in Wingsuit Flight, performing in air shows around the world.

THE TEAM

The X Wing project didn’t get off the ground without help and hard work. Meet a few team members who are helping make the X Wing dream a reality.

Jhonathan Florez is an expert BASE jumper, skydiver and wingsuit pilot. He holds multiple wingsuit flying world records and has reached speeds of close to 180 miles/hour in his wingsuit. His ability to fly fast will help him keep up with Rex and his faster X wing.

Todd Davis is an extreme sports athlete, landscape designer and children’s book author. He is a wingsuit veteran, having been part of multiple record-breaking teams. He will photograph and video Rex's crossing.

Jason Johanson is a pilot, flight instructor and general contractor. He has been part of the project from the very beginning. His knowledge of fiberglass and composite construction, carbon fiber and how they integrate with Rex's body has been vital.

Melissa Pemberton is a world-class aerobatics competitor. She earned her pilot license at 18 and performed in her first airshow at 20. She flies a lightweight, highly maneuverable aerobatic aircraft and will fly alongside Rex as he attempts the crossing.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Life Rex Pemberton Beyond Adventure Todd Davis
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2015 Jeep Renegade Life Rex Pemberton Beyond Adventure Jason Johanson
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2015 Jeep Renegade Life Rex Pemberton Beyond Adventure Melissa Pemberton
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CATALINA ISLAND

— PUSHING THE LIMITS —

EPISODE THREE
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Harbor seals, sea lions and great white sharks inhabit the water around the island

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Winds around Catalina can be unpredictable

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The ocean reaches depths of 3,000 feet between the island and mainland

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THE X WING — VERSION 11 —

FRAME:
Aircraft-grade aluminum
WINGSPAN: 6.2 feet
WEIGHT: 25 lbs
WING: Attaches to Rex via a custom-molded backplate. Rex controls the ability to climb or descend by arching and rounding his back
PARACHUTES: Under normal use, a custom-made system allows Rex and the X Wing to land safely. In emergency situations, the X Wing will deploy its own chute and Rex will freefall like a normal skydiver
WING MATERIAL:
Fiberglass and composite construction with a carbon fiber outer skin
EPISODE FOUR
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REX & MELISSA — A PASSION FOR ADRENALINE —

EPISODE FIVE
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LOVE TAKESFLIGHT

Their first kiss followed a day of BASE jumping from mountain cliffs in Australia. He proposed in Antarctica with an elaborate treasure hunt that ended with a ring, a bottle of champagne and an avalanche beacon. Today, they combine their individual passions and perform together at air shows – Melissa in her Edge 540 aerobatic plane creating a white smoky corkscrew around Rex as he flies his wingsuit from 10,000 feet.

THE EDGE 540 — SPECIFICATIONS —

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400 HORSEPOWER
420° ROLL / SECOND
265 MILES PER HOUR
3,700 FT / MIN CLIMB RATE
  • Three-Blade Propeller
  • Fully composite EDGE wing
  • 327 horsepower Engine
  • Wingspan: 24.4’
  • Length: 20.7’
  • Max ‘G’: +/- 10

FINAL DESCENT — BREAKING THE RECORD —

EPISODE SIX
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