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Felix Falls 24 miles and hits 839 mph

15 October 2012

Felix Falls 24 miles and hits 839 mph

The long standing record of highest freefall and highest balloon flight were broken by Felix Baumgartner yesterday, 14 October 2012. His velocity also exceeded Mach on the anniversary of Chuck Yeager’s first breaking of the sound barrier — the first person to do so without use of an airplane.

According to the Red Bull Stratos site the unofficial numbers are:

  • Freefall time  — 4:19 minutes
  • Total time      — 9:03 minutes
  • Altitude          — 39,044 meters (128,097 feet)
  • Speed max     — 1342.8kph (833.9 mph) or Mach 1.24

During the freefall he entered into a rapid spin but was able to stabilize himself and lightly walk out of his landing — all in a pressure suit and astronaut helmet.

The governing bodies are reviewing the data and while we await the final determinations we can celebrate the achievement of pure sport and exploration. Yes, that is good news to enjoy and thanks to Felix Baumgartner, helicopter rescue pilot, for his determination to see the Stratos Jump to such a happy conclusion.

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