WORLD HIGHEST SKYDIVE: FELIX BAUMGARTNER

If you think that you are a daredevil go check out what our hero, Felix Baumgartner, managed to pull off. We just had to put up a few words on the world record holder.

Felix Baumgartner (born 20 April 1969 in Salzburg, Austria), is an Austrian skydiver, base jumper and daredevil, who made history by jumping to Earth from a helium balloon from the stratosphere on 14 October 2012, landing in New Mexico, USA, as a part of the Red Bull Stratos project ( 38,969.3 meters (127,852 feet, and falling a record distance of 36,402.6 meters).

As a little child he dreamed of skydiving and flying, so in the future he spent time in the Austrian military where he was practicing parachute jumping, training to land on small target zones.

He is known for the dangerous nature of the stunts he used to perform during his career; so in 1999 he smashed the world record for the highest parachute jump from the building, from the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2003 he was the first to skydive across the English Channel, in 2004 he was the first to base jump from the Millau Viaduct in France, then base jump from, the Turning Torso in Malmo, Sweden, and in 2007 the first to jump from the 91st-floor observation deck of the tallest building in the world, Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan.

He was also the first skydiver that went faster than the speed of sound with a maximum velocity of 833.9 mph, with which he smashed the record for the highest freefall; he was in free fall for 4 minutes and 19 seconds, 17 seconds short of mentor Joseph Kittinger’s 1960 jump.