Joseph William Kittinger II is a retired Colonel in the US Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. Following his initial operational assignment in fighter aircraft, he participated in Project Manhigh and Project Excelsior in 1960, setting a world record for the highest skydive from a height greater than 31 kilometres (19 mi). He was also the first man to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a gas balloon.
14 Adventures for the Daredevil in You via @MyDomaine Skydiving Over Mount Everest, Nepal Why climb Mount Everest when you can fly? Everest Skydive not only takes you 29,000 feet over Mount Everest—the highest skydive in the world—but it also takes you into the heart of the Sherpa country. The adrenaline rush you get from your free fall is guaranteed to be unrivaled.
A custom spacesuit has been designed to protect Felix Baumgartner for his attempt at the world's highest skydive. The suit will protect him from -70 degree temperatures and low pressure at the extreme altitude and maintain the oxygen and pressure levels he'll need to survive at supersonic speeds.
Earth from 100,000 Feet: Red Bull StratosCredit: Red Bull StratosThis view of Earth from an altitude of 100,001 feet was captured by a camera on daredevil Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos capsule during his attempt at the world's highest skydive, a supersonic leap, on Oct. 14, 2012, over Roswell, N.M.