Stuntman Eddie Braun successfully flies over Snake River Canyon on an exact duplicate of Evel Knievel’s X2 Skycycle.
Braun has said the rocket was identical to the model Knievel used for his failed canyon attempt on Sept. 8, 1974.
Months of testing was performed on the rocket designed by Scott Truax, whose father constructed the original “X2 Skycycle” for Knievel.
Truax followed his father’s blueprints down to the last bolt and deviated only by updating the parachute system.
THIS is the event the news networks should have gone to yesterday instead of a hotel launch promo.
THIS was a real suspenseful story, it has never been done successfully. The last attempt was 42 years ago. Braun could have literally crashed and burned, not just metaphorically.
THIS would have justified multiple film crews and live reporters at the location.
Instead they got conned. A few fought back though, Robert Mackey of the Intercept tells that story.
The media admit they chase ratings. They know people like races and they cover stunts all the time. At least after going to this real stunt and filming it they wouldn’t feel so dirty and used afterwards.