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What It's Like to Plummet to Earth at 834 Miles Per Hour

What's it like to plummet to Earth when your starting point is 24 miles above Earth's surface? What's it like to free-fall at 833.9 mph — 140 mph faster than the speed of sound? New footage shows Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking freefall from the stuntman's point of view. via The Atlantic
posted by jim in austin on Oct 15, 2013 - 39 comments

Crack Flying

Jeebus this is thrilling (SLYT)
posted by lonemantis on Nov 29, 2010 - 72 comments

Yeah I'm free, free fallin'

"Suddenly there was this amazing silence. The plane was gone. I must have been unconscious and then came to in midair. I was flying, spinning through the air... Over 37 years ago Juliane Koepcke survived a two mile free fall, landing virtually unscathed in the middle of the rainforest. But that wasn't the end of her ordeal. She spent ten days in the juggle before finding rescue. [more inside]
posted by Autarky on Jul 2, 2009 - 45 comments

If at first you don't succeed, well, so much for skydiving.

Canopy Formation Parachuting Record: 81 100
Formation Skydiving Record: 400
69 :pɹoɔǝɹ uoıʇɐɯɹoɟ ƃuıʎlɟǝǝɹɟ [also, champion freeflying duo Spaceland Anomaly]
posted by not_on_display on Jun 30, 2009 - 19 comments

That's a good name - ground! I wonder if it will be friends with me?

Unplanned Freefall? Some Survival Tips [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jun 1, 2008 - 32 comments

Gonna leave this world for a while

Gonna free fall out into nothin' YouTube has several videos of Joe Kittinger's skydive from a balloon at 102,800 feet. Earlier this year Colonel Kittinger described the jump at a meeting of the Athanasius Kircher Society (Named after this guy.) [via; more inside]
Previous post with more info.
posted by kirkaracha on May 24, 2007 - 29 comments

I Got Your 'One Giant Leap' Right Here

"It was the quickest way down." On August 16, 1960, Joe Kittinger jumped from a helium balloon at 102,800 feet, over 19 miles up. After free-falling for four and a half minutes and reaching 614 MPH, almost breaking the sound barrier, he opened his parachute at 18,000 feet and landed safe and sound after an almost 14 minute descent. He set records for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest freefall and fastest speed by a man through the atmosphere. [more inside]
"I didn't hear a sonic boom; I didn't even hear any whooshing or whistling of the wind. But when I flipped over and looked back at my balloon, it sure was an eerie sight--the sky was black as night but I was bathed in sunshine."

posted by kirkaracha on Mar 26, 2006 - 48 comments

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