Skydiving Daredevil Plunges 13 Miles

March 16, 2012 by staff 

Skydiving Daredevil Plunges 13 Miles, Daredevil adventurer Felix Baumgartner’s plans to plunge 23 miles from the edge of space back to Earth — a Red Bull-sponsored stunt that would be the world’s highest freefall — and on Thursday, his team announced the completion of a key test flight over Roswell, N.M.

“The height of Felix’s test flight was significant, as it was the first time he passed the Armstrong Line of approximately 63,000 feet, where the atmospheric pressure truly tests Felix’s custom-made space suit,” his team said in a news release.

“I like the challenge. I have a passion for aviation.”
- Daredevil adventurer Felix Baumgartner

It may not have reached the level of a space plunge, but what a fall it was. Baumgartner is said to have reached about 365 mph and fell for three minutes and 43 seconds before he opened his parachute at 7,890 feet.

Perviously, Baumgartner’s highest freefall was from a paltry 30,000 feet.

The launch window for the 120,000 jump starts in July in New Mexico, Baumgartner told last month.

With air temperatures of -70 F degrees, his very blood would boil if exposed to the air. So what could compel a man to make such a dangerous attempt?

“I like the challenge,” Baumgartner said. “I have a passion for aviation, and I love working on things that start from scratch,” he explained.

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