Felix Baumgartner has brass ball! Felix became the first man to successfully break the sound barrier outside of an aircraft, after a 24-mile jump from the stratosphere and landing safely in the eastern New Mexico desert. The world’s first supersonic skydive took place exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier. Felix accomplished this feat after flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet/24 miles, above Earth) in a helium-filled balloon and taking a ‘leap of faith’ that was seen around the world. An astonishing 7.3 million online viewers watched as he sat on the edge of the capsule moments before jumping. Baumgartner, known as “Fearless Felix” is an extreme athlete of the highest order and a former military parachutist, has earned his place in history after overcoming concerns with the power for his visor heater that nearly jeopardized the mission. Felix reached an estimated speed of 833.9 mph/1,342.8 km/h (Mach 1.24) after jumping from the stratosphere. Amazing just doesn’t do justice when describing this event.
Watch the actual supersonic skydive: