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Free fall Colonel Joe Kittinger, the longest skydive record from space

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Uploaded on Oct 12, 2007

On August 16, 1960 USAF Colonel Joe Kittinger made a jump in aid of space research for NASA. Launching himself from the Excelsior III balloon at 102,800 feet (3 times the height a commercial jet travels at), he fell reaching the speed of sound before opening his parachute at 18,000 feet (5,500 m). He set records for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest drogue-fall (14 min) and fastest speed by a man through the atmosphere unaided by a vehicle. His freefall of 4 minutes and 36 seconds - the length of this film - remains a record even after Felix Baumgartner's 2012 jump.

The track is called "Colonel Joe" by a UK band called Alphaspin (http://www.facebook.com/alphaspin).

If you enjoyed this film, I've done a comparable film for Felix's Jump here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B1CQ_...

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