I get winded jogging for a mile. This guy fell 24 of them…
Felix Baumgartner is a popular name on the Internet today. That’s because this fine Austrian fellow defied records, physics and – yes – common sense, skydiving from an altitude of 128,000 feet.
On Sunday, the stunt earned Mr. Baumgartner the title of the first human ever to break the sound barrier. His video feed became the most watched live stream Youtube video of all time.
And - most importantly - he proved that his sponsor Red Bull (plastered all over the event’s coverage) really does give you wings.
But from that high up, it wasn’t about records, or sponsors, or even surviving. According to the jumper, it was about a much bigger picture.
“When you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble,” he told the New York Times. “It’s not about breaking records any more. It’s not about getting scientific data. It’s all about coming home.”
The altitude that Felix fell from is three times higher than where commercial airliners cruise. In order to get up that high, a balloon carted the daredevil up in a space-aged pod. Standing on the edge of the aircraft, the sight was straight out of a Michael Bay movie.
Felix’s maximum speed reached was 833.9 miles per hour. That’s Mach 1.24 for all y’all nerdists out there.
The entire drop was summarized in 4 minutes and 20 seconds and he broke the previous speed and altitude records set by Joe Kittinger in 1960.
Despite a brief tumbling scare on the initial fall in the stratosphere, Baumgartner got it under control and landed safely like a pro on the ground of a New Mexico dessert.
Check out a highlight reel of Felix’s jump here…Damn, that dude’s high up!