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Roofer Stuart's 855ft Las Vegas sky jump; Air ambulance to benefit.

Byline: NICK LAVIGUEUR

HE'S used to working a few storeys above ground.

But Huddersfield roofer Stuart Whittaker is taking his love of heights to a new level - 108 floors up!

The Crosland Hill father-of-two is to take on the terrifying 855ft Sky Jump in Las Vegas - the highest controlled freefall experience in the world.

He will leap from the city's famous Stratosphere hotel and casino, the USA's tallest observation tower, while attached to a high-tech vertical zip wire system.

Stuart will take on the challenge in June when he is in Las Vegas on a friend's 50th birthday celebration.

The 45-year-old is hoping his dice with death in the gambling city will pay off by raising pounds 1,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

He said: "I'm a motorbiker and I just fancied raising some money for them as it's a very worthy cause.

"I've been to the top of Stratosphere before, when I got married, and it's a long way down.

"Just because I'm a roofer doesn't mean I don't think about how high it is.

"But I'm looking forward to it." Guide wires will keep him on course and a special descending machine will help him make a controlled and safe landing.

SkyJump Las Vegas is at the end of the city's famous Strip.

The experience is described as a "controlled freefall'' similar to skydiving and base jumping; participants will hit speeds up to 40 mph.

It is the highest skyjump in the world.

All those taking part are given a safety lesson and then get in custom jumpsuits.

They will then be connected to a "descender machine" and guided by wires to stay on course during the 108-storey descent.

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* HIGHLIFE: Roofer Stuart Whittaker, who is doing the 855ft Sky Jump from the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, at work in Crosland Hill (JH080312Bstuar t-02) * LEAP OF FAITH: The Stratosphere hotel and casino in Las Vegas
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Mar 10, 2012
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