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Watch a Stuntman Complete Evil Knievel's Failed Rocket Bike Jump

Watch a Stuntman Complete Evil Knievel's Failed Rocket Bike Jump WATCH: Cockpit video of Snake River Canyon jump
Rufina Vignone | 21 Settembre, 2016, 13:58

Stuntman Eddie Braun did what his boyhood idol, Evel Knievel, could not do, clearing the Snake River Canyon in Idaho on Friday.

Hundreds on spectators gathered in Idaho as the daredevil launched himself sky-bound off of a 10-storey ramp.

As well as recreating the stunt, Braun's rocket also had ties to Knievel, as his designer, engineer Scott Truax, is the son of the man who built Knievel's rocket, Skycycle.

When asked before the stunt why he was doing it, Braun told GQ Magazine, "I figure this: I can tolerate just about anything for a couple of minutes".

Eddie Braun is planning to strap into a steam-powered rocket and travel 430 miles per hour to soar to the other side of the canyon this weekend.

Braun has said the rocket was identical to the model Knievel used for his failed canyon attempt on September 8, 1974.

October 15, 1975: Knievel clears 14 Greyhound buses at Kings Island theme park in OH - the longest successful jump of his career and with no injuries. The spot where he jumped was 1,600ft-wide. Cars and other vehicles were parked on side roads up to about a mile away from the jump site.

He's been preparing for the past three years and spent about $1.6 million of his own money on the jump.

Truax's father constructed the original "X2Skycycle" for Knievel's attempt, and his son followed his father's blueprints, only adding in an updated parachute system to differ from the original.

However, the legendary daredevil ended up at the bottom of the canyon when his craft's parachute deployed too soon.

He looked at the stunt as a way to pay homage to Knievel, who inspired him to become a stuntman. Continuing with "I'm simply finishing out his dream".

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