When Air Force pilot Joe Kittinger jumped out of a ballon gondola from 102,800 feet in August 1960, he set four aerospace records which stand to this day. Red Bull and a mad Austrian skydiver are about to break them. And Kittinger is on board.
Red Bull Stratos is the latest high-tech project financed by all those cans of high-caffeine pop we all drink, and this time, they’re aiming for the stars instead of Grand Prix glory—or at least the stratosphere. Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner, the man who glided across the English Channel in 2003 on carbon fiber wings, will go up to 120,000 feet in a capsule, then make the mother of all jumps. His mentor is 83-year-old Kittinger himself.