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Published on Dec 12, 2007
Location: Taipei, Taiwan Date: 12/12/07 BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner leaped from the highest building in the world, the Taipei 101 Tower in Taiwan on December 11. The jump itself wasn't the only thing that was risky. Five seconds was all it took for Felix Baumgartner's freefall at his most recent BASE jump in Taipei. Five seconds, which took months of preparation. The 38-year-old Austrian checked out the tower, which is 509 meters tall, on numerous visits and in various costumes, made note of the positioning of the surveillance cameras, the security systems, and memorized the inaccessible areas.
On the day before the jump Baumgartner deposited his parachute in a toilet with the help of a local Taiwanese. On Tuesday afternoon it was then time to go ahead with the secret mission in James Bond style. On the look-out platform helpers distracted the tourists and security team, thus giving Baumgartner the opportunity to climb the three meter security wall. From there it was a four then 509 meter drop. After the historical jump he landed on a multi-level car park
From the jump to take-off
"I failed three times, but now I've finally realized this dream," Baumgartner rejoiced after the first BASE jump from the tallest building in the world -- the most recent highlight of his aerial career resume. Meeting up with the police and security who were hectically on his heals after the jump -- probably to congratulate him -- Baumgartner preferred to avoid: as early as two hours after the mission he was sitting in the plane, flying away from the country. 101大樓首次有人無預警跳傘，昨天下午4點15分，世界赫赫有名的奧地利定點跳傘明星，素有鐵金剛之稱的彭剛納爾，從台北101大樓頂樓一躍而下，在空中打開降落傘盤旋3分鐘，然後平安地降落；據了解，彭剛納爾仔細研究過台北上空的風向，甚至連101大樓的保全監視系統都暸若指掌；有人跳樓101卻完全不知情。