Felix Baumgartner: The man who pierced the sky

Baumgartner Vanity Fair:

When Felix Baumgartner set out to make a living by stunt jumping—from cliffs, buildings, and bridges—the young Austrian had no idea where it would take him: to a pressurized capsule nearly 24 miles above New Mexico, last October 14, preparing to free-fall farther than any man in history, and at supersonic speed. Detailing Baumgartner’s quest, William Langewiesche explores what drove him to ever greater heights.

I’m still not as hugely impressed as some by Baumgartner’s stunt but the story has many interesting details regarding what it takes to put together this kind of event.



  • kibbles

    yeah, riding a helium ballon up 24-miles by yourself and then jumping out of it only to hurdle yourself toward the earth at the speed of sound…not hugely impressive.

    • Buckeyestar

      It isn’t, it’s just a stupid publicity stunt.

      • kibbles

        uh huh.

        so stupid, everybody’s done it. including your dad, once.

        • Buckeyestar

          Not sure what exactly you’re talking about. Are you referring to skydiving? If so, nobody in my immediate family has been stupid enough to pay for half of a plane flight.