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Pat Shingleton: "Jumping and Diving..."

1 year 3 months 2 weeks ago August 16, 2015 Aug 16, 2015 Sunday, August 16 2015 August 16, 2015 3:46 AM 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 25th, 2012, Felix Baumgartner freefell for four minutes at 536 mph, opening his chute for the worlds highest sky dive. 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, landing safely on the desert floor.

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