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Stuntman Eddie Braun says once over the Snake River Canyon is enough

Watch Snake River Canyon rocket jump from inside the cockpit

Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun crossed the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls on Sept. 16, 2016, in a steam-powered rocket similar in design to that used by Evel Knievel in 1974. Knievel's jump stalled when his parachute deployed early. Braun soug
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Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun crossed the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls on Sept. 16, 2016, in a steam-powered rocket similar in design to that used by Evel Knievel in 1974. Knievel's jump stalled when his parachute deployed early. Braun soug

Hollywood stuntman Eddie Braun continued Monday to celebrate his jump over the Snake River Canyon three days earlier, but told his followers he expects life will now return to normal.

“Well, my 15 minutes (of fame) are just about up and that’s okay with me,” Braun wrote in a message posted on his Facebook page, consisting of a photo of those words scrawled on a napkin at a Starbucks in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

A cockpit video posted Sunday by a production company working on a documentary on Braun’s jump had been viewed nearly 225,000 times by late Monday morning. The video shows the rocket ship spinning five times before stabilizing shortly before Braun yanked a cord to deploy the parachute.

Braun had expected to appear Monday on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” program. But his appearance was preempted by coverage of the bombings in New York and New Jersey. The show did run a short story on his feat on its Saturday program.

On Monday, a suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was taken into custody following a shootout with police in Linden, N.J.

Braun, who could not be reached by telephone on Monday morning, said online he understood why his appearance was bumped.

“There are a lot more important things in the world and I get it,” he wrote on Facebook. “GMA taped my stuff so maybe someday we will see it on TV when the REAL important stuff dies down.”

On Friday, Braun piloted a steam-driven rocket ship and easily cleared the Snake River Canyon before landing softly on a farm field. The “Evel Spirit” ship was a replica of the “X2 Skycycle” that Evel Knievel rode during an unsuccessful 1974 attempt to clear the canyon a few miles west of where Braun took off.

“I would never do this again. It just sucked. It hurt. It was hot. It was uncomfortable,” Braun said in remarks taped after his landing.

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John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell

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