Fuck yep. After months of planning, scouting a drop site, and multiple tests, the stunt crew managed to poop cars from 12,000 feet out a C-130 for six takes ... something the stunt coordinator claimed worked 70 percent of the time.
"The 30 percent that didn't caused 100 percent pants-shitting for those below."
Though they had compact military parachutes designed to deploy at 5,000 feet, the vehicles would often fall apart midair and flail so wildly off course that they would turn up a mile away. The only way this production could get any more impressively dangerous is if we learned they also did that crazy bus jump for real.
That bus was the nephew of the one from Speed.
Only, wait -- they actually did. To create this "effect," they literally just attached a bus to the side of a 160-foot quarry drop, plopped a stuntman on the side of it (wearing a safety harness), and had him run and jump the fuck off while they pushed the tub of steel straight to hell. All of which was coordinated with a second stuntperson swerving a car dangerously close to the quarry, the only unseen detail being a 35-inch cable tether keeping the action from skidding into oblivion. The whole thing was so crazy expensive to do that the producers almost backed out at the last minute in favor of CGI. Luckily, even the most cold-hearted of studio executives knows there's no point in having millions of dollars if you don't use it to hurtle metal and rubber over the side of a rock formation.