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Daredevil 'birdman' glides across Channel
Ireland Online ^ | July 31, 2003

Posted on 07/30/2003 10:44:20 PM PDT by HAL9000

An extreme sports fanatic said today he felt “great” after he became the first man to cross the English Channel in an unpowered flight.

Felix Baumgartner jumped from a plane about 30,000ft above Dover shortly after 5am and glided 22 miles across the Channel in a 10-minute flight wearing a specially-adapted suit with a wing-like carbon fibre fin attached to his back.

In freezing air temperatures, the 34-year-old Austrian began the flight at a speed of about 220 miles per hour before slowing to around 135 miles an hour.

Baumgartner made a crunching parachute landing at Cap Blanc-Nez, near Calais, in France. Within minutes of touching down he was smiling and posing for photographers.

“It was pretty cold up there,” he told Sky News. “I still can’t feel anything. But I made it, which is great.” He said cloud cover meant he could not see where he was going and had to follow his two planes across the Channel.

“For the last 2,000m I could see the other side and I knew I was going to make it,” he said.

Baumgartner was equipped with cameras as well as highly-advanced data monitoring technology to ensure that he could be tracked during his journey.

His new wing had a span of 1.8 metres – making it 10 centimetres bigger than his previous one with which he won a race against an aeroplane some weeks ago in the United States.

Baumgartner was the first man to parachute from the world’s tallest building, Malaysia’s Petronas Towers, as well as the statue of Christ in the Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro.



TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: baumgartner; englishchannel; extreme; felixbaumgartner; parachute; skydiving; spacediving; spacejump

1 posted on 07/30/2003 10:44:21 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000
He's pretty cool. Go HERE for his website. Lots of flash intro and stuff. They have a picture of his glide wing under "newset projects"

prisoner6

2 posted on 07/30/2003 10:57:27 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the left fall out!)
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To: HAL9000

This guy is insane! Love him!

3 posted on 07/30/2003 10:59:19 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Thanks for the memories!)
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To: HAL9000
Forgot to mention videos you can stream or d'load.

prisoner6

4 posted on 07/30/2003 11:00:23 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the left fall out!)
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To: prisoner6
I watched the video. This guy is like a superhero from a comic book. LOL! Thanks for the link!
5 posted on 07/30/2003 11:07:31 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Thanks for the memories!)
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To: HAL9000
I'm not sure I would call this crossing the channel in unpowered flight with a 30,000 ft. (5+ miles) vertical boost at the start. If he had just done it off the white cliffs of Dover maybe but not when he needed powered flight to get up to the start to cross the 22 or so miles of the channel. It's impressive what he did nevertheless.
6 posted on 07/30/2003 11:13:13 PM PDT by xp38
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To: HAL9000
I was talking to one guy that does a lot of parachuting, and he said that if you jump out of those rear door airplanes, facing forward, and you shape your body just right, you can actually create lift and go higher than the plane before all the forces equalize.

I got a feeling this stuff is going to be big. And I wonder if our Special Forces will find a use for it. It would make HALO jumps even sweeter. Dive down at 200 mph and then skim the tree canopy, until you pull your shoot well below radar :)
7 posted on 07/30/2003 11:22:48 PM PDT by PropheticZero
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To: isthisnickcool
220MPH in that thin flimsy suit? - whoa - major shrinkage
8 posted on 07/31/2003 3:03:39 AM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Just damn.

If you want on the new list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

9 posted on 07/31/2003 3:08:07 AM PDT by mhking
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To: xp38
A-greed.

10 posted on 07/31/2003 3:11:19 AM PDT by KCmark (I am NOT a partisan.)
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To: HAL9000
To infinity & beyond!!

Saw this on gma, real cool. I want one!! (And permission from my wife to do it!)
11 posted on 07/31/2003 5:00:27 AM PDT by ctlpdad (How much does being a full time Viking Kitty pay?)
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To: HAL9000
Looks like the birth of the next "extreme" sport. Snowboard and surfboard manufacturers should be retooling to add this to the product line. I'll bet there will be 20 variants of this for sale within a month. Add a leaf blower motor and a ducted fan and maybe you'll get a worthwhile boost in range.
12 posted on 07/31/2003 5:09:37 AM PDT by Sunnyvale CA Eng.
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To: Sunnyvale CA Eng.
Awesome
13 posted on 07/31/2003 5:21:15 AM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Revelation 911
I saw the headline and keep thinking, "BIRRRRRRRRRRRRDDDDMAN!" (I've been watching FAR, FAR too much Cartoon Network lately...)
14 posted on 07/31/2003 5:48:24 AM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking
(I've been watching FAR, FAR too much Cartoon Network lately...)

Something reminds me of this:

15 posted on 07/31/2003 5:57:11 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Bumperootus!)
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To: HAL9000

16 posted on 07/31/2003 5:59:49 AM PDT by mommybain (not Walmart greeter material)
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To: ErnBatavia
Oh man, I'd forgotten about this guy.
17 posted on 07/31/2003 6:00:49 AM PDT by mommybain (not Walmart greeter material)
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To: mhking
LOL

hey - here was a good "just Damn" story too

18 posted on 07/31/2003 6:16:10 AM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: PropheticZero
I got a feeling this stuff is going to be big. And I wonder if our Special Forces will find a use for it. It would make HALO jumps even sweeter. Dive down at 200 mph and then skim the tree canopy, until you pull your shoot well below radar :)

Hmmm. Add a small engine (the cruise-missile program has gotten jet engines fairly small), and you have

Rocketeer

19 posted on 07/31/2003 6:29:43 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Java/C++/Unix/Web Developer === needs a job at the moment)
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To: isthisnickcool
"This guy is insane! Love him!"

Definitely. How cool. What a ride that probably was. *turning a little green with admiring envy*

20 posted on 07/31/2003 6:32:48 AM PDT by eureka! (Rats and Presstitutes lie--they have to in order to survive.....)
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To: HAL9000
cool ping.
21 posted on 07/31/2003 8:11:22 AM PDT by LibertyAndJusticeForAll
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To: HAL9000

Austrian parachuter Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump from the arm of the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro in this file photo. Freefalling at 124 mph, Baumgartner will attempt to create history on Thursday by flying across the Channel wearing a special wing. REUTERS

22 posted on 07/31/2003 8:13:29 AM PDT by RoughDobermann (Who are you tryin' to get crazy with, ese? Don't you know I'm loco?)
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To: HAL9000
He shouldn't try that over some parts of North Carolina.

"Damn, Earl, that's that damdest big duck I ever saw."

"Shut up, Steve, and pass me the 12-gauge. We're eatin' good tonight!"

23 posted on 07/31/2003 8:22:40 AM PDT by Jonah Hex
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To: mommybain
That's not flying, that's falling with style!
24 posted on 07/31/2003 10:49:58 AM PDT by magslinger (Gun control laws are like OSHA for criminals-Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sunnyvale CA Eng.
Looks like the birth of the next "extreme" sport. Snowboard and surfboard manufacturers should be retooling to add this to the product line. I'll bet there will be 20 variants of this for sale within a month. Add a leaf blower motor and a ducted fan and maybe you'll get a worthwhile boost in range

Get some warm clothing, and if its more fuel efficient than planes like comparing cars and motorcylcles, then I'd be totally down with having a plane on my back that I can immediately open up a shoot from. Lot more like your really flying too. If they could somehow get enough thrust to get you off the ground from the start, this would be really sweet.

25 posted on 07/31/2003 3:50:59 PM PDT by PropheticZero
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To: mommybain
Looking back at Super Dave, I can't help but wonder if that's where MTV got the idea for Jackass.
26 posted on 07/31/2003 3:53:20 PM PDT by July 4th
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