Felix Baumgartner’s Supersonic Freefall

After flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space.

Exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane, veteran free-faller Felix Baumgartner reached terminal velocity (1,342.8 km/h (833mph)) through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by earth’s atmosphere as he fell during his Four Minute and 20 second long free-fall.

The 43-year-old Austrian skydiving expert also broke two other world records (highest free-fall and highest manned balloon flight) leaving the world record for the longest free-fall to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger.

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