Ad of the Day: Insane Flying Woman Gets Takeout From a Cliffside Dunkin’ Donuts

Wingsuit base jumper Ellen Brennan pulls off a crazy stunt

Most fast-food chains have drive-throughs. Not many offer fly-throughs. 

To illustrate how quickly customers can pre-order and pick up their balanced breakfasts with a new app, Dunkin' Donuts enlisted the help of wingsuit base jumper Ellen Brennan, who grabs a suspended paper bag of donuts midway through her descent from 8,346 feet … at 120 miles per hour. 

And yet gliding at speeds that most doughy, nebbishy humans would find synonymous with certain death wasn't impressive enough. She also threaded herself through a tiny needle at the same time, in a stunt the marketer says is the first time anyone has successfully grabbed an object during a wingsuit flight. 

To be fair, Brennan had a little help. Velcro on the arms of her synthetic flying squirrel suit grabbed onto the special bag, sparing her the trouble of having to coordinate her thumbs (or distract her from her more important mission of staying airborne). But that's hardly the kind of cheat anyone is going to hold against her.

A 360° video shot by one of Brennan's airborne cameramen offers a different perspective on the gorgeous scenery, the Aiguille de Varan in Chamonix, France: 

The behind-the-scenes video is an especially fun trip, mostly because it reveals just how hard it was to pull the stunt off. The effort is all the more impressive for the fact that Brennan came so close to hitting the target but failed multiple many times, honing in again and again on a tiny window, rather than just nailing it once. 

In contrast, the 60-second commercial, created along with the rest of the campaign by DigitasLBi, almost makes it seem too easy. 

As hyperbolic marketing goes, this is on the more entertaining and memorable end of the spectrum (if not as heart-stopping as Felix Baumgartner's base jump from outer space for Red Bull in 2012). It does, though, set the bar awfully high for other Dunkin' customers, especially in terms of style points, as well as for the kind of service the brand's locations will provide to passersby.

Then again, more prosaic consumers will probably have an easier time enjoying their coffee and donuts, as they continue on their respective trajectories, than Brennan did as she hurtled toward the ground. 


Client: Dunkin’ Donuts

Chief Digital Officer: Scott Hudler

VP, Digital Marketing & Innovation Marketing: Sherrill Kaplan

Senior Director, Advertising & Customer Exp.: Linda SanGiacomo

Senior Manager, Advertising: Christopher Beijar

Advertising Manager: Courtney Clayton

Director of Digital & Innovation Marketing: Paul Murray

Interactive Marketing Manager: Eileen Cawley

Agency: DigitasLBi, Boston


Chief Creative Officer:  Ronald Ng

Executive Creative Director: Doug Schiff

SVP Creative: Jamie Ferreira

Group Creative Director/Art Director: Mark Chamberlain

Group Creative Director/Copywriter: Marc Gottesman

Associate Creative Director: Mike Egan

Art Director: Brian Noyes

Copywriter: Jason Kaplan

Designer: Jimmy Alleman

VP, Exec. Producer:  Ben Raynes


SVP, Account Director:  Julie Blanche

Account Manager:  Shayna Lederman


Lindsay Sutton, Caitlin Hurley

Business Affairs

Executive Director, Business Affairs & Talent: Dan Simonetti

Associate Dir, Business Affairs: Sarra Angelou

Integrated Production:

Kendra Schindler, Andre Ferla, Shayna Lederman

Production Company:

Seven Twenty


Guido Perrini

Mark Chamberlain


Adrien Nisan

Lauri Aapro

Toby Bradley

Post Production:

DigitasLBi, Boston

VP, Editor: Toar Winter

Editor/Motion Graphics:  Annie Lefley

Accomplice, Boston

Editor:  Kevin Moore

Mr. Bronx, New York

Soundtrack Boston


Ellen Brennan

Laurent Frat

@GabrielBeltrone Gabriel Beltrone is a frequent contributor to Adweek.