Kittinger Recalls Free Fall Record of 50 Years Ago
He’s helping with new attempt
August 19, 2010 — This week marks the 50th anniversary of Joe Kittinger, Jr.’s record-setting parachute jump from 102,800 feet, which took place on August 16, 1960. On that date, Kittinger, now 86, rode a helium balloon to altitude and jumped into the record books for the highest parachute jump in history. He also set the mark for fastest speed (614 mph) by a human being through the atmosphere. Both records still stand, but Kittinger is currently consulting with the Red Bull Stratos science team working to break them - Felix Baumgartner plans to jump sometime this year from 120,000 feet.
EAA Radio’s Fareed Guyot talked with Kittinger this week about free falling in extreme conditions, as well as his work with Red Bull Stratos. Listen to the interview