ALL Crane & Equipment Rental of New Albans, W. Va., provided a boom truck for BASE jumping at the annual Bridge Day celebration at the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, W.Va. A platform extending from the truck bed of the 23.5-ton capacity Terex BT4792 boom truck provided the launch point for all-day BASE jumps from the 876-foot-tall bridge. The truck's boom dangled a man basket over the gorge from which photographers and videographers recorded the event.
Trained BASE (Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth) jumpers leap from these fixed points with parachutes designed specifically for rapid deployment. Jumpers must first skydive numerous times from aircraft before attempting BASE jumps. At Bridge Day 2009, thousands of onlookers gathered on the world's second-longest single-arch bridge to watch 360 jumpers vault off the span.
"We do our part to make sure the jumpers and photographers have the safest possible conditions," said Chad Shamblin, general manager of ALL Crane.
Video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9RQF76oGLo