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Pat Shingleton: "Geronimo!"

4 years 3 months 6 days ago Friday, August 15 2014 Aug 15, 2014 August 15, 2014 5:22 PM August 15, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

In May of 2012, Gary Connery donned a wing suit and performed a 3,000 foot base jump onto 24,000 cardboard boxes in Henley Upon Thames for a world record. On July 25, 2012, Felix Baumgartner freefell for four minutes at 536 mph, opening his chute for the worlds highest skydive. On this date in 1960, Air Force Captain Joseph Kittenger donned four layers of clothing and left New Mexico in a gondola, attached to a helium balloon. Kittenger went skyward for 19 miles and a never before attempted jump back to earth. As temperatures dipped to 100 degrees below zero he soared to 102,800 feet and parachuted. He fell for four minutes and 37 seconds and at 14,000 feet, his parachute opened and he landed safely on the desert floor.

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