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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Felix Baumgartner - 833.9 mph free fall

Still harboring a cold, or maybe now a sinus infection.  I did not run again, and am starting to get worried about reaching my goal.  I have some miles to make up.

Made waffles for Sue, Luke, and Kyle.

Started watching the Redbull Stratos LIVE cast on Youtube along with 8 million or so others.  I could not turn it off.   Felix Baumgartner captured the attention of the web on Sunday when he jumped from a capsule 128,000 feet above Earth and landed safely on the ground in New Mexico.

This day in history ".S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.
Yeager, born in Myra, West Virginia, in 1923, was a combat fighter during World War II and flew 64 missions over Europe. He shot down 13 German planes and was himself shot down over France, but he escaped capture with the assistance of the French Underground. After the war, he was among several volunteers chosen to test-fly the experimental X-1 rocket plane, built by the Bell Aircraft Company to explore the possibility of supersonic flight."

Baumgartner's leap from the stratosphere (an event dubbed "Red Bull Stratos" by its energy drink sponsor) broke the record for the highest-ever jump from a manned balloon and possibly made him the first person to break the sound barrier during freefall. The feat also made the Austrian daredevil a YouTube sensation.

The timing could not be better.  After several delays, it was go time. On the same day that Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier back in 1923, only this time Felix was truly flying.

What posses a person to do this, or even think about pushing the limits.  It was unreal watching him take that step off the tiny platform after rising to a height that put him in the stratosphere (24 miles high).

Photo of the day "Felix Baumgartner"

Look up in the sky, it's SUPERMAN

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