Yes, The Producers of 'Furious 7' Actually Threw Cars out of a Plane
Some movies take pride in the art of digital trickery. Other feature films never even venture off the green screen. It appears that the new Furious 7 is not one of those movies. As a follow-up to the film's jaw-dropping cars-going-skydiving trailer, the producers released this behind the scenes look at how the shoot really went down. Conventional thinking suggests that all the aerial action is computer generated. It's not. They actually drop all five cars from the back of a C-130. Take a look. VIDEO: Get behind the wheel of Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger R/T
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If it looks incredibly difficult and intensely dangerous to do, that's probably because it is. Each shot featured two parachuting cars, three free-falling aerial cameramen, and if that wasn't scary enough – a helicopter swooping around nearby. The trailer shows the cameramen leaping out of the plane while the cars roll straight at them, and according to aerial flyer Luke Aikins, the cameramen hit speeds of up to 130-140 mph.
Not a career for the faint of heart perhaps. The Charger, Challenger, STI, Wrangler, and Camaro went airborne at 12,000 feet and the chutes opened up 7,000 feet later. As far as we can tell, they all survived the landing.
Getting excited? Furious 7 debuts on April 3rd. Better find yourself a 10-second car!
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