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Electrified Wingsuit: The background story

A dream of flying that goes back to childhood, and a path filled with obstacles to make it come true. This is the story of how Peter Salzmann and his electrified wingsuit ended on top of the world.

13 November 2020

Watch the background story about wingsuit pilot Peter Salzmann, and his quest to build the world’s first electrified wingsuit.

Peter Salzmann always dreamt of flying. He’s done so ever since he was a little boy, jumping from anything in sight and landing on mattresses or pillows below him. “To me, it’s all about doing things that lie close to my heart,” the 33-year-old daredevil says. “Still, I always knew there was more.”

The work with BMW i engineers to develop the electrified wingsuit would allow Salzmann to fly like never before. But as the plan got ever more concrete, the first challenges started popping up, too. But that’s part of the game when the stakes are high. If you want to change the world around you, it’s not supposed to be easy. 

Fighting the pandemic

Among the biggest obstacles: the strike of the COVID-19 pandemic, which threatened to end Salzmann’s dream altogether. The countless hours spent developing, fine-tuning and testing the electrified wingsuit could have all been for nothing. But then, after months of frustration, finally: relief. Peter Salzmann and his electrified wingsuit found their way back on track, with a new location at the “Drei Brüder” mountain range in Austria. The trials and planning became part of everyday life once again, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

And as for Salzmann? Well, with other challenges to overcome and more jumps calling for his name, he likely won’t be done just yet…

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