Colonel Joseph Kittinger - first man to break the sound barrier - unaided free fall from space

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Colonel Joseph Kittinger - first man to break the sound barrier - unaided free fall from space

Video of the highest jump ever, Colonel Joseph Kittinger jumped from a balloon at 102,000 feet. On August 16, 1960, Colonel Joseph Kittinger made a jump from the Excelsior III at 102,800 feet (31,300 m).

Towing a small drogue chute for initial stabilization, he fell for four minutes and 36 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 614 mph (988 km/h or 274 m/s) before opening his parachute at 18,000 feet (5,500 m).

Pressurization for his right glove malfunctioned during the ascent, and his right hand swelled up to twice its normal size.

He set historical numbers for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest drogue-fall (four minutes), and fastest speed by a human being through the atmosphere. These are still current USAF records, but were not submitted for aerospace world records to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

By netchicken: posted on 25-8-2009








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