Baumgartner, Felix

Baumgartner, Felix,

1969–, Austrian skydiver and daredevil. He made his first skydive at age 16, and turned to BASE jumping [Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (mountains)] in the 1990s. He has jumped from the Petronas TowersPetronas Towers,
twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that are the world's tallest twin towers. Standing 1,483 ft (452 m) high, they were designed by the Argentinian-American architect César Pelli.
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 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1999) and Taipei 101Taipei 101,
skyscraper in the Hsinyi dist., Taipei, Taiwan; also known as the Taipei Financial Center. With 101 floors and reaching 1,667 ft (508 m) high, Taipei 101 became the world's tallest building when it was topped out in 2003, surpassing the Petronas Towers; it was
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, Taiwan (2007), the world's tallest buildings at the time, and also made (2010) the world's lowest BASE jump, 95 ft (29 m), off the Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro. He flew across the English Channel in 2003 using a winged suit. In 2012 he jumped from a helium balloon 127,852.4 ft (38,696.4 m) above New Mexico, dropping from the edge of space and breaking the sound barrier; he attained a maximum speed of 843.6 mph (1,357.6 km/h) in the highest and fastest skydive made up to then. His jump height was exceeded in 2014 by Alan EustaceEustace, Alan
(Robert Alan Eustace), 1956–, American computer scientist and adventurer, b. Pine Hills, Fla., Ph.D. Univ. of Central Florida, 1984. He worked for Digital Equipment Corp.
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