Millions will be witnessing what millions more saw that insane October day in 2012, as Felix Baumgartner made jaws around the world, drop. The daredevil went high into the sky, with sponsor Red Bull. The capsule he was in, the balloon and his suit would mark a new frontier in space equipment for astronauts. Once Baumgartner reached the incredible height of more than 24 miles from the ground, the capsule door opened. There Baumgartner stepped out onto the ledge. Now millions and millions of Super Bowl fans get to watch what this writer witnessed. Breath, get ready to be blown.
There is a full video from start to finish of the mind-blowing ascent and the even faster descent. Curious about Baumgartner’s speed? The craziest man in the world hit a supersonic speed of 833.9 m.p.h., yes a human broke the sound barrier. The Super Bowl ad does not touch on one scary aspect Baumgartner handled – as millions watched the original, live feed, there was concerns of Baumgartner going into a spin or passing out. Either would had led to his demise. Instead he landed safely on his feet.
“Fearless Felix” became the first person to stand at the top of the world. In videos that featured his stunning jump, viewers witnessed seeing sky and the universe within one shot. Below is a video of the highlights of the jump that occurred.
Pretty amazing, beyond amazing, actually. There is something incredible to watch this, even from afar – to feel the anxiety, the trepidation. Then that, the celebration, the cheer for another human being for accomplishing what has never been done before.
Who is Baumgartner? He is a handsome Austrian who always had dreams of flying and skydiving. The Red Bull Stratos jump was his most remarkable jump to date, but Baumgartner has several others. He had successfully jumped from the Petronas Towers in Malaysia; he used special carbon fibrous wings to float over the English Channel. It seems “Fearless Felix” is unstoppable and proved that much when he partnered with Red Bull for the highest recorded sky-dive jump.
The handsome lad is reportedly single, after ending a relationship with former Miss Lower Austria, Nicole Ottl. In addition to his greatest accomplishment, which will make history books, Baumgartner went on to win awards from Top Gear Magazine and the Spike Guys Choice Awards.
The jump marked a new era in the coming age of how equipment may potentially save the lives of astronauts in trouble as they reach the stratosphere. The suit Baumgartner wore was pressurized and provided valuable data to the slew of scientists collecting the information. The information is useful for future developments of the space program.
Previous to Baumgartner’s jump, only one other man attempted an insane jump from an equally insane height. In 1960 United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger, jumped 102,8000 feet from a balloon. The Captain survived the jump and was also the lead adviser and communicator to Baumgartner as he ascended into the sky.
The jump now brings with it a shared mix of awe and inspiration during the Super Bowl weekend. The original fall was slightly over nine minutes long, but viewers can review the condensed video in this article. Baumgartner became a legend in the fall of 2012. Was the original live feed witnessed, or is this a first of seeing this incredible feat? Share in the comments.