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
Please refrain from all activity while we re-calibrate the Cojones Scale
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"Skydiver in record Channel flight"
is the claim made by an Austrian skydiving across the channel aided by small strap-on wings.
Evidently he needed a 1 in 4 glide angle to make it, but a simple understanding of flight mechanics would suggest that the distance he could fly is proportional to the amount of strap-on wing area. At what point does skydiving become gliding?
. The air around a dropzone, especially a big one like SkyDive Chicago
, is pretty rarefied: a newcomer to the sport like myself is entirely lacking in cool, even if normal people think having made even one solo jump is pretty impressive. I'm certainly nowhere near the cool-level of the Golden Knights
, the Army's team of crack parachutists. Speaking of them and SDC, they were of course there when this year's national championships
were held in August. I especially liked the video of them showcasing their excellent HALO technique.