Insane Skydiving Attempt!

September 6th, 2012 by

Skydiving got its start back in 1797, when Andre-Jacques Garnerin jumped out of his hot-air balloon and made it safely back to Earth. Next, it was adopted by militaries all over the world as a way to save pilots’ lives when their planes were going down. Today, the majority of skydives are for recreational reasons. Thrill seekers and YOLO’ers are taking the plunge for the sheer adrenaline rush. This week though, the skydiving records were nearly shattered! Let us here at McCluskey Chevrolet, your used Chevy Dealer Fairfield, tell you all about it.

Felix Baumgartner, professional daredevil, dove out of a specially crafted balloon and fell over 90,000 feet back to Earth.

The ride up took an hour and a half, but the ride down was a lot quicker. Felix was in freefall for an astounding five minutes, then took another ten minutes to complete the trip after his parachute opened.

This was the second jump in a planned series of three. The third jump will be the record breaker. Felix is planning to set the records for  freefall height, freefall time, highest manned balloon flight, and being the first man to break the sound barrier outside of an aircraft.

The trio of extreme stunts is being funded by, who else? Red Bull. They have named the mission STRATOS and are promoting it world-wide. The stunts are the culmination of five years of planning by a team of experts across many different fields. The record breaking jump is occurring soon, you can be sure that when it happens, we’ll be back with the video!