This Day in History: Joseph Kittinger Parachutes from a Balloon at 102,800 feet (31,300 m) (1960)

This Day in History:
Joseph Kittinger Parachutes from a Balloon at 102,800 feet (31,300 m) (1960)

Kittinger is a former command pilot and career military officer in the US Air Force known for setting a number of records, including highest parachute jump and fastest speed reached by a human traveling through the atmosphere. As part of the Air Force’s Project Excelsior, in 1960, he jumped from a balloon nearly 20 miles above the earth and fell for 4 minutes and 36 seconds before opening his parachute. He reached a speed of 614 mph (988 km/h) and came how close to breaking the sound barrier? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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