A daredevil Australian wingsuit flyer successfully pulled off the world's first air-to-ground high five on December 6, coming within metres of the ground as he flew through a large model hand.

Jumping from a cliff high above Chamonix in the French alps, BASE jumper Nathan Jones flew just off the ground, skimming past rocky outcrops and trees before smashing through a giant hand that was held up by another member of his team, Sammy Rohan.

After making contact with the hand, Jones pulled up above the trees before deploying his parachute and coming to a graceful stop in a field in the valley below.

Jones did the stunt to raise money for a new charity, Project: BASE, that he set up with his friend and fellow BASE jumper Sam Hardy.