A former paratrooper, 34-year-old Ken Piper, tried to become a birdman in London on Thursday, stimulated by recent flying attempts by others in the field, and by April Fool's day.
SV Birdman with wings apart.
CU Birdman warming of
SV Press taking photographs of birdman.
SV Birdman on bridge and jumps off to plunge in water.
SV Twickenham bridge.
SV Birdman being interviewed SOF STARTS:
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: REPORTER: 'What went wrong Ken?"
PIPER "Well, I tried to hold my position, to go up, but I just seemed to go down feet-first. But I'll have another go later on.
REPORTER: "Did you try to go on April first?"
PIPER: "Well, I think it was you that were the fools that came to watch me."
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Background: A former paratrooper, 34-year-old Ken Piper, tried to become a birdman in London on Thursday, stimulated by recent flying attempts by others in the field, and by April Fool's day.
Another motive seemed to be commercial, since he carried a considerable amount of advertising on his 7-ft wood and plastic wings.
Since he weighed 14-stone, no-one was surprised when the attempt at flight failed. After jumping from Twickenham bridge, he plummeted straight into the Thames - one of the more spectacular of the day's April fools. He talked later about the 'flight':