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Stuntman Spotlight: Eddie Braun

Eddie Braun is Not Afraid to Shoot for the Moon


Here at Stunt Stories, we never run out of interesting people to interview. While the average person might not think too much about the world of stuntmen, what these people are capable of performing, and what all goes into the successful completion of a stunt, those exact subjects are what our world revolves around. However, there is a single stuntman that most people across the United States have heard of: Evel Knievel. In the world of stuntmen, Evel Knievel is arguably the most recognizable name in the game; after all, his death-defying stunts in the 1970s were the stuff of legend. It seemed that no matter what feat Evel Knievel tried to accomplish, he did. No amount of crashes or missed landings or level of danger could deter this modern American hero from his passion to perform the most amazing stunts the world had ever seen. Unfortunately, there was one stunt that did not go as planned. In today’s post, we are going to detail this stunt and Eddie Braun, the man who completed it years later.


Why Jump A Canyon? Because It’s There


In 1974, Evel Knievel set out to complete the most harrowing stunt that had ever been attempted. While Knievel had made a name for himself already, performing multiple stunts that seemed impossible and jumping his motorcycle over countless objects, he wanted to do something truly legendary. Having already jumped as may busses that, at the time, seemed possible, Knievel decided to up the ante and attempt to jump Idaho’s Snake River Canyon. Packed into a steam powered rocket, Knievel (in his trademark jumpsuit and helmet) let loose and soared through the sky on a trajectory that was intended to land him safely on the other side of the canyon. Unfortunately, a parachute that was designed to carry him safely back to the ground after the stunt was completed malfunctioned. Instead of shooting across the sky, Knievel and his rocket drifted to the canyon’s bottom, well short of his intended target. While Knievel avoided any serious bodily harm, he was unable to retry the stunt and, it seemed, that this stunt would never be completed. Forty-two years later, that changed.

 

Eddie Braun Pays Homage to a Legend


On September 16, 2016, Eddie Braun succeeded where Knievel had not, successfully jumping Snake River Canyon and landing safely. In a rocket that was almost identical to the one used by Knievel in the original attempt, Braun crossed the quarter-mile width of the canyon at speeds of over 400 miles per hour. The stunt took only four seconds to accomplish, however, in that four seconds, Eddie Braun solidified his place in the annals of legendary stuntman. The quest took over three years to plan and coordinate and cost Braun his entire life savings of around $1.6 million. While this may seem like a lot of money to essentially burn for a four second flight, Braun will forever be remembered as the man that achieved what Knievel could not.


To learn more about Eddie Braun and all of the other men and women who risk their lives to deliver death-defying stunts to the public, please visit Stunt Stories today. Hosted by Corey Eubanks, famed Hollywood stunt driver, Stunt Stories provides a unique look into the world of stunts, what it takes to accomplish these stunts, and the planning that goes into making sure that these stunts are pulled off safely. If this post isn’t enough to convince you that you need to check out Stunt Stories, join us again next time as we continue to cover another stuntman and what they have accomplished to earn their place on an episode of stunt stories.