Throughout his 50-year career, he reached for the stars, walking higher and further than anyone else had ever accomplished on a wire. The Great China Skywalk still remains as the greatest highwire engineering feats in history.

On October 28, 1995, Jay Cochrane stepped onto a wire and walked half a mile between the two faces of Qutang Gorge, 1,345 feet above China's majestic Yangtze River. The performance was viewed by millions on the mountaintops, cruise ships below, and a live China TV broadcast.

Jay Cochrane went on to other world record performances. In 1996, he completed the longest nighttime skywalk between two office towers in Shanghai. Next came the longest and highest blindfolded skywalk at the Flamingo Hilton in flamboyant Las Vegas, broadcast live on Guinness World Records. In 2002, Jay brought highwire walking back to Niagara Falls for the first time in a hundred years, walking above Clinton Hill with the falls as his backdrop.

The year before his untimely death from cancer in 2013, Jay Cochrane completed the greatest show of his career, skywalking nearly 12-miles over the summer of 2012 above the city of Niagara Falls.

Jay Cochrane, The Prince of the Air, was the greatest highwire artist of his generation. The original "Toby Tyler," Cochrane joined the circus at 14 and eventually skywalked over some of the world's greatest landmarks. Mark D Phillips was his personal photographer and friend. Jay's humanity and great talent will long be remembered and acclaimed.

Jay Cochrane, "The Prince of the Air", completes The Great China Skywalk over the Yangtze River in Qutang Gorge, China, on October 28, 1995. The skywalk was and is the greatest ever made spanning half a mile between the canyon walls and 1,350 feet above the river.