In 1999 Felix Baumgartner made the world’s highest parachute jump from a building when he jumped from the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. In 2003 he became the first person to skydive across the English Channel using a specially made carbon fiber wing. He also set the world record for the lowest base jump when he jumped 29 m from the hand of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and in December 2007 he became the first person to jump from the 91st floor observation deck and the 90th floor of Taipei 101 building in Taiwan (which was the highest completed building in the world at the time).
Felix Baumgartner amazed the world over the weekend with another stunt, this time from the edge of space. He became the first human to break the sound barrier when he jumped from a balloon capsule at 39,000 metres above Roswell, New Mexico in the United States. He reached a speed of 1342 km/h (Mach 1.24). Besides this he also now holds the altitude record for a manned balloon flight, the record for a parachute jump from the highest altitude and the record for the greatest free fall velocity.
Felix Baumgartner trained for five years to do this jump. He had a 100-strong backup team behind him. Included in the team was retired US Air Force colonel Joe Kittinger (the person who held the record for the highest freefall jump). Kittinger made a jump from from 31,333 metres in 1960. His launch also coincided with the 65th anniversary of American pilot Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier.
This is a video clip containing highlights of Felix Baumgartner’s jump:
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