Felix Baumgartner, the famous Austrian skydiver, has set a record for the history, jumping from a baloon from the stratosphere (38,969.3 metres). Although it looks impossible, he broke the sound barrier during the free-fall, and he landed successfully. Baumgartner had prepared herself for this jump for more than 3 years, and finally he achieved his objective.
Born April 20, 1969, Felix Baumagartner is an Austrian skydiver, daredevil and BASE jumper. He is known for being the first man who has broken the sound-barrier without help in a free-fall jump from the stratosphere. He has also has set the altitude record for a manned balloon flight and for a parachute jump from the highest altitude.He grew up in Salzburg, Austria, where he dreamed about flying and skydiving when he was little.
He entered the Austrian Military Forces, where he performed his parachute skills, and did some exhibitions as part of the Austrian military’s demonstration and competition team. In 1988, he began performing skydiving exhibitions for Red Bull, with which still collaborates.
By the 1990s, Felix had had enough with normal skydiving jumps and he felt that he had to improve his skills by doing another kind of jumps, so he started with BASE jumping (parachuting from a fixed object or landform). Those jumps are more complex and require specific skills such as lightning-fast reflexes and precise techniques due to the short distances to the floor.
Since then, Felix has accomplished the following achievements:
– (1997): World champion title for BASE jumping in West Virginia, United States
– (1999): World record BASE jump from the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1,479 feet)
– (1999): World record lowest BASE jump from Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (95 feet)
– (2001): Nominated for a World Sports Award in London, England (category: Extreme Sports)
– (2003): Channel Crossing, Dover, England to Calais, France; first winged freefall crossing of the English Channel
– (2004): BASE jump into Marmet Cave in Velebit National Parc, Croatia (623 feet deep)
– (2004): World record BASE jump from the highest bridge in the world, Millau Bridge, France (1,125 feet)
– (2007): BASE jump from world’s tallest building, Taipei 101 Tower, Taipei, Taiwan (1,669 feet)
Baumgartner flying along the English Channel
Bumgartner jumping from the Christ the Redeemer statue.
Nevertheless, although all his achievements are impressive, Baumgartner had another jump hidden in his mind, a jump that would stay in modern history books for ever, and which would set up three new world records. The jump consisted on a free-fall jump from the stratosphere (38,969.3 metres), (127,852 feet).
Ready to jump from the stratosphere
After passing a five-year hard training and some tests, Baumgartner jumped on 14 October 2012. After a successful jump, Felix had set up three world records:
1- Jumping from a world record 38,969.3 metres (127,852 feet).
2- The highest manned balloon flight (at the same height).
3- Fastest speed of free fall at 1,357.64 km/hmaking him the first human to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle.
Breaking the sound barrier
After achieveing those records and being asked for his feelings he said:
“The air is where I am at home. I wish they could see what I saw. It was amazing”.
This achievement shows the amazing ability that human beings have, and also shows what type of things can a human do. The limit is over the sky.
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