Kenny Powers’ “Superjump” over the Saint Lawrence River in 1979!

Kenny Powers' "Superjump"Kenny Powers’ “Superjump” over the Saint Lawrence River in 1979! Kenny Powers (1947 – 2009) was an American stuntman. He is best known today for his unsuccessful October 1979 attempt to jump the Saint Lawrence River in a rocket-powered Lincoln, where he took the place of stuntman Ken Carter. He suffered significant injuries including a broken back, but survived.

Kenny Powers’ “Superjump” over the Saint Lawrence River in 1979!

Carter’s years of planning for the “Superjump”, and Powers failed attempt were the subject of a 1981 documentary called The Devil at Your Heels, directed by Robert Fortier and produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Powers was actually substituted at the last minute for Carter, without Carter’s knowledge, because the jump’s backers feared Carter had decided the jump would not work. This is not an accurate account of why Powers was substituted for Carter. The backers were concerned about Carter’s health. Carter still wanted to do the jump. However, he and Kenny Powers remained friends until his death. Check out Kenny Powers’ unsuccessful “Superjump”!

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