uhhh…Flying Is Cool
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By etrigan - Last updated: Thursday, July 31, 2003 - Save & Share - 3 Comments

“Felix Baumgartner has become the first person ever to fly across the English Channel without the benefit of an aircraft, gliding from England to France wearing only a specially designed flying suit.”

I gotta get more info on this baby.

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3 Responses to “uhhh…Flying Is Cool”

Comment from jank
Time July 31, 2003 at 11:03 am

Der Weinermissile ver 2.0?

Talk about ideas that could have started on the porch but never made it into reality…

Comment from jank
Time July 31, 2003 at 2:22 pm

The more I look at this, the more I want one. Combine it with a homemade jet engine and …

Whew- I think I’d better go get another beer before I do something dangerous…

Comment from etrigan
Time July 31, 2003 at 4:08 pm

Here’s the press release from Red Bull (courtesy of reeder — the double-R).

Extremist parachuter flew from Britain to France in free fall

“Missile Man” crossed the Channel with no external drive

Today, Thursday, 94 years after Luis Bleriot first crossed the Channel with an aeoroplane, the Austrian extremist parachuter, Felix Baumgartner, succeeded in crossing the strait between England and France without external drive. With a carbon fibre wing spreading 1,8 meters he jumped at 10000 meters above Dover and flew the 33 km (18 miles) to Calais free fall, landing there with a parachute.

Three years of preparations and developing ended early this morning with one of the biggest adventures in the history of aviation. The 34-year-old extremist sportsman, who was the first to jump off the world’s highest building, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, and the Christ Statue in Rio, now was the first man to cross the Channel between France and Britain in free fall. In order to achieve the necessary forward movement a carbon wing had been mounted on his back, which made him reach a speed of 230 mph.

Exactly at 6.08 AM french time at a temperature of minus 35 degrees centigrade Baumgartner made his exit from the tail of a Skyvan. Due to the high altitude he, as well as the entire crew on the plane, had to work with artificial oxygen. The “Missile Man”, as he is called, followed an aeroplane type Pilatus PC9, which showed him the way to France. This time everything worked out well, while at the test flight in Hungary two weeks ago he had had to dismount the wing due to malfunction. After an airborne time of 6:22 minutes Baumgartner opened his parachute at an altitude of 4000 feet and landed at Cap Blanc-Nez near Calais as planned.

“It is a historic moment and the reward for three years of hard work of my entire team” said Baumgartner when safe on the ground. The crossing succeeded by a narrow margin and only because of the favourable winds. Even though the flight was extremely stressful both physically and mentally, Baumgartner will surely remember the beautiful moments of the flight as well as the historical dimension: “Still at high altitude I flew into my own shadow, which the morning sun exposed on a cloud together with a rainbow. I don’t think anyone has experienced that before…”.

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