Sorry, but I think that Austrian pilot Felix Baumgartner and his orbital jumping is more ballsy. No tether there; one tiny mistake, and either his blood boils, he burns up to a cinder, or he'll drill a hole so deep when he hits, he taps a new reserve of sweet crude. That
is hanging your manhood in the car door and daring fate to slam it.
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Chuck Yeager....Steve Fossett...is that you? :P
posted on 06/15/2012 10:40:11 PM PDT
(Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
What skill is there in that? He steps off and a drogue chute opens automatically and later a main chute opens automatically. No skill at all.
posted on 06/15/2012 10:49:44 PM PDT
I’m looking forward to this jump. I can’t imagine anyone surviving this. He’s like Iron Man.
You have to acknowledge Col. Kittinger who led the way in stepping out of balloons way up there. He passed out once and his auto-opening chute saved him. On one ascent, his right glove didn’t seal and his hand swelled to twice it’s size. He could have stopped the mission, but he didn’t want to ruin all the hard work of the crew, so he carried on.
He did a few other things, like 483 combat missions in Vietnam, spent 11 months as a POW, etc. Clanging big brass ones.
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