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  • Jill Kelley's world: White House visits, meals with generals, and name-dropping emails

    11/17/2012 6:57:23 AM PST · by RummyChick · 68 replies
    tampa bay times ^ | 11/17 | levesque & leary
    TAMPA — Her business card is utterly ordinary. No big titles. No hint of connections with the military and political elite. It lists her address, her phone number and her name in elegant script: "Honorable Jill G. Kelley." But the outsized portrait of herself that Kelley presents to the world will fit on no card. It's seen in her emails to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and others. She drops names. She mentions lunch at the White House in a casual aside, one of three visits she has made there in the last six weeks. The top U.S. general in Afghanistan...
  • Skydiver Plans To Jump From Plane At 25,000 Feet With No Parachute

    07/28/2016 7:02:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 72 replies
    cbsla ^ | 07/28/2016
    “I have 18,000 jumps jumping out with a parachute on my back and here I’m gonna do it without anything.” His safety net will actually be a net: 100 feet by 100 feet. It will be about 200 feet above the ground. Aikins will be traveling at around 120 miles per hour when his body hits it. “It’s actually like a big hammock. It kind of cradles you and cups you and it’s really soft in the beginning and it hits a little bit hard at the end,” he said. Aikins will use his own body to position his free...
  • Man has a seizure while skydiving at 9,000 feet

    03/02/2015 8:22:15 AM PST · by Brother Cracker · 11 replies
    Odd_News ^ | March 1, 2015 | Thor Benson
    PINJARRA, Australia, A video was released of a man having a seizure while skydiving in Australia. The incident happened on November 14, 2014. The intermediate-level skydiver had the seizure at an altitude of around 9,000 feet. The man was allegedly unconscious for about 30 seconds. An instructor glided on a collision course and successfully made contact and opened the man's parachute at around 4,000 feet. The man regained consciousness and was able to land safely with the parachute.
  • Skydiver’s Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor Almost Hitting Him

    04/03/2014 1:21:29 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 46 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | april 03,2014 | Michael Zhang
    For the first time ever, a meteor has been captured on camera falling through the sky after it has finished burning. And that’s not all: the baseball-sized space rock nearly slammed into the man behind the camera.
  • Norwegian Skydiver Almost Gets Hit by Falling Meteor — and Captures it on Film

    04/04/2014 6:34:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | April 3, 2014 | by Nancy Atkinson
    It sounds like a remarkable story, almost unbelievable: Anders Helstrup went skydiving nearly two years ago near Hedmark, Norway and while he didn’t realize it at the time, when he reviewed the footage taken by two cameras fixed to his helmet during the dive, he saw a rock plummet past him. He took it to experts and they realized he had captured a meteorite falling during its “dark flight” — when it has been slowed by atmospheric braking, and has cooled and is no longer luminous. Norwegian astrophysicist Pål Brekke confirmed to Universe Today that the story is true. “I...
  • Meteorite Narrowly Misses Norwegian Skydiver [Video]

    04/03/2014 11:19:48 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 13 replies
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 4/3/14 | The Telegraph [UK]
    A skydiver in Norway captures the first ever footage of a falling meteorite after it has stopped burning.
  • Change one word in this to "government" and this would be excellent advice for liberals...

    03/24/2014 10:42:35 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-24-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • Felix Baumgartner will attempt to jump from stratosphere today

    10/14/2012 7:48:40 AM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 186 replies
    Red Bull ^ | Oct 14, 2012 | Vince Ferrer
    There will be a second attempt today for Felix to jump from a ballon at 120,000 feet and parachute, breaking the record for high altitude jumps. There should be a live feed on the website.
  • Skydiver to Attempt Record-Breaking Supersonic 'Space Jump' Oct. 8

    10/02/2012 4:08:00 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 34 replies ^ | September 25, 2012 | Staff
    An Austrian daredevil plans to leap from nearly 23 miles above the Earth on Oct. 8 in a supersonic plunge that, if successful, will be the world's highest-ever skydive. If all goes according to plan, a helium-filled balloon will lift off from Roswell, N.M., on Oct. 8 and carry Felix Baumgartner's custom-built capsule to an altitude of 120,000 feet (36,576 meters). The daredevil will then step out of the capsule into the void, breaking a skydiving record that has stood for 52 years.
  • Skydiver Felix Baumgartner Completes 18-Mile Jump

    07/25/2012 2:53:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    abc ^ | 7/25/12 | GINA SUNSERI and KEVIN DOLAK
    Daredevil Felix Baumgartner this morning landed from his 18-mile dive back to Earth from the edge of space, in a plummet that reached a speed of more than 500 mph. Mission Control gave the go ahead this morning for the launch, saying "God Speed Felix" from Roswell, N.M., where the mission is being hosted. Baumgartner, an Austrian national, was lifted in a capsule carried afloat by a huge helium balloon. Click Here for Pictures: Felix Baumgartner's Dive The balloon took 90 minutes to get to 90,000 feet. The crane holding the capsule went up as fast as it could to...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS: Record-seeking skydiver makes 13-mile test jump

    03/16/2012 8:59:43 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 36 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 3/16/2012 | Marcia Dunn
  • Record-seeking skydiver makes 13-mile test jump

    03/15/2012 8:15:58 PM PDT · by U-238 · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/15/2012 | Marcia Dunn
    Skydiving daredevil Felix Baumgartner is more than halfway toward his goal of setting a world record for the highest jump. Baumgartner lifted off Thursday for a test jump from Roswell, N.M., aboard a 100-foot helium balloon. He rode inside a pressurized capsule to 71,581 feet — 13.6 miles — and then jumped. He parachuted to a safe landing, according to project spokeswoman Trish Medalen. He's aiming for nearly 23 miles this summer. The record is 19.5 miles. "The view is amazing, way better than I thought," Baumgartner said after the practice jump, in remarks provided by his representatives. Thursday's rehearsal...
  • Sex On A Plane; FAA Investigating Male Porn Star’s Video Of Sex Acts During Skydiving Stunt

    10/14/2011 3:57:09 AM PDT · by sarah palin rocks · 24 replies ^ | October 14, 2011 | derised1
    I came across this video story and thought it was so insane that I posted it. Forget about 'Snakes On A Plane'. People will do anything to get on Howard Stern's show. I didn't know he was still relevant. Whatever...
  • The 40-year Mystery of America’s Greatest Skyjacking [The FBI Hunt for DB Cooper]

    07/30/2011 7:31:04 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 77 replies ^ | Sunday 31 July 2011 | By Alex Hannaford
    After hijacking an aeroplane and extorting $200,000 from the FBI, DB Cooper coolly made his escape via parachute. Forty years on, is America’s most elusive fugitive finally in sight? The night before Thanksgiving, 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper, wearing a suit and raincoat, walked up to the Northwest Orient desk at Portland airport in the United State’s Pacific Northwest and spent $20 on a one-way ticket to Seattle. On the plane, he donned a pair of dark sunglasses, ordered a whiskey, lit up a cigarette and coolly handed the stewardess a note. In capital letters, it read: I...
  • Skydiver's 15,000-foot plunge to earth an amazing survival story

    07/16/2011 5:25:17 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 42 replies
    A skydiver's worst fear is having the parachute fail to properly deploy, and if this occurs at 15,000 feet, death would seem certain. But Michael Holmes is living proof that humans are remarkably resilient, and that blind luck -- or miracles -- sometimes come into play. Holmes, whose frightening plunge was captured on video (see below), landed in dense vegetation and not only survived with only moderate injuries, he continues to skydive Holmes' amazing ordeal, which occurred five years ago in New Zealand, will be featured Sunday night at 10 and 10:30 (Eastern and Pacific) in the National Geographic series,...
  • Sky Diving Elite (Video - I've never seen anything like it)

    06/17/2011 6:38:15 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 22 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | June 14, 2011 | unknown YOUTUBE
    video at link
  • Skydiver charged with murder after love rival fell 13,000ft to her death

    01/25/2007 5:41:19 AM PST · by stm · 44 replies · 1,946+ views
    Timesonline ^ | January 25, 2007 | David Charter and Rory Watson
    A married woman who was having an affair with a fellow skydiver plunged 13,000ft (4,000m) to her death after her love rival and best friend tampered with her parachute, police say. Els Van Doren, 37, fell to earth in a garden in front of a group of onlookers. Els Clottemans, 22, has been charged with her murder. Minutes earlier the pair had joined hands in a star formation with two other skydivers including Ms Clottemans’s boyfriend, a Dutchman named only as Marcel, who police say was having an affair with Mrs Van Doren. While he and Ms Clottemans broke away...
  • Love triangle skydive murder trial begins

    09/24/2010 11:30:51 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters - Yahoo ^ | September 24, 2010 | Philip Blenkinsop
    TONGEREN, Belgium (Reuters) – A Belgian woman went on trial on Friday charged with the murder of a fellow skydiver and love rival who plunged to her death after her parachute was sabotaged.
  • Solving the Rubik's Cube while skydiving (youtube video)

    08/17/2010 10:54:23 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | August 05, 2010
    From the video description: Speedsolving the Rubik's Cube while freefalling from 4300 meters, sitting in a rubber boat. This is the first attempt and worked really well - I solved the cube in about 31,5 seconds. I started right after exit and was finished at about 2500 meters. At 2300 meters I accidentally slipped out of the boat. The skydive was videotaped by five cameras (two on-board, three outside the boat).
  • A Supersonic Jump, From 23 Miles in the Air

    03/16/2010 1:21:25 AM PDT · by UAConservative · 20 replies · 804+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 15, 2010 | John Tierney
    Ordinarily, Felix Baumgartner would not need a lot of practice in the science of falling. He has jumped off two of the tallest buildings in the world, as well as the statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro (a 95-foot leap for which he claimed a low-altitude record for parachuting). He has sky-dived across the English Channel. He once plunged into the black void of a 623-foot-deep cave, which he formerly considered the most difficult jump of his career. But now Fearless Felix, as his fans call him, has something more difficult on the agenda: jumping from a helium balloon...
  • Skydiving wingsuit record: Jumpers mistaken for a UFO

    01/24/2010 6:08:18 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 1,263+ views
    dailymail ^ | 22nd January 2010
    Casting a kaleidoscope of colour against a cloud-filled sky, these jumpers boldly plummet towards a skydiving record. The 68 daredevils came together in a near-perfect diamond to make up America's largest ever wingsuit formation. Wingsuits are specially adapted bodywear that give added control during skydives. With flaps of material running across the gaps between their arms and legs the suits increase drag and allow the wearer to glide like a flying squirrel. The record-breakers - who came from 16 different countries - jumped from four planes at 13,000 feet over Lake Elsinore, California. President of the group behind the American...
  • SKYDIVING GRANDMA: 77-year-old takes the plunge

    12/30/2009 3:39:23 PM PST · by Dan B Cooper · 5 replies · 668+ views
    thetandd ^ | December 27, 2009 | PHIL SARATA
    An Orangeburg grandmother recently got in touch with her daredevil side quicker than she could say "Geronimo." Although the decision to participate in her first skydive Nov. 7 was made on the spur of the moment, the notion had been planted years ago. Rita Fleming is no couch potato. She swims and has recently taken up golf again. But her husband thought she was crazy to take the plunge -- literally. "After the jump, my husband said he was thinking I would just go splat," Fleming said, laughing. "But he is used my going off and doing things. I'm ready...
  • Skydiver Dies After Jump Near Murrieta

    11/12/2009 10:41:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies · 1,229+ views ^ | Nov 12, 2009 8:10 am US/Pacific
    Riverside County fire officials say a skydiver has been killed during a jump near Murrieta. Officials say the skydiver, a 40-year-old man from Boston, landed on a driveway in the rural La Cresta area west of Murrieta late Wednesday afternoon. Officials say the skydiver had departed from Skydive Elsinore at Skylark Airport. Skydive owner John Hamilton says the man was with four others who jumped without problems, but this man appeared to have hit the tail of the aircraft.
  • Parachute fails to open, kills 2 skydivers in Ohio

    09/21/2009 8:51:44 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 38 replies · 2,860+ views
    abclocal ^ | September 21, 2009
    Authorities in Ohio say a parachute failed to fully open during a tandem jump at skydiving center, killing an instructor and his student. Witnesses on the ground say instructor Daniel Mathie and student Sierra Thomas spiraled to the ground Saturday night.
  • Caption George H.W. Bush Skydiving

    06/12/2009 2:53:46 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 45 replies · 1,610+ views
    Former President George H. W. Bush rides tandem with Sgt. Michael Elliott of the Army Golden Knights parachute team as he celebrates his 85th birthday with a parachute jump, Friday, June 12, 2009, over Kennebunkport, Maine. Former President George W. Bush, left, and his wife, Laura, wave to spectators before watching his father, former President George H. W. Bush make a parachute jump to celebrates his 85th birthday, Friday, June 12, 2009, in Kennebunkport, Maine.
  • French Skydiver's Balloon Takes Off Without Him

    05/27/2008 8:42:37 AM PDT · by AngieGal · 25 replies · 49+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2008 | Associated Press
    A French skydiver's hope to set a new free-fall record might have come to an end on Tuesday when his ride to the sky left without him. The helium balloon Michel Fournier was going to use to soar to the stratosphere detached from the capsule he was going to use to jump from 130,000 feet, about 25 miles high. It happened after the balloon was inflated on the ground at the airport in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. The balloon drifted away into the sky without the capsule.
  • Skydivers take wing

    02/29/2008 11:26:40 AM PST · by JZelle · 12 replies · 72+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2-29-08 | Michael Farr
    Scott Gray is in a plane 21,000 feet above Puerto Rico. He has been breathing from an tank to keep his blood saturated with enough oxygen to keep him alive. But he is relaxed; he has done this hundreds of times. He jumps out of the plane into the frigid air then spreads his "wings," slowing his downward velocity to an easy glide. Traditional skydiving wasn't enough for Mr. Gray, a Maryland man who served as a paratrooper in the military. He needed to fly. He is one of a small group of skydivers trying to live the dream of...
  • Search Under Way in for Missing Plane (Skydiving plane)

    10/08/2007 5:15:42 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies · 851+ views
    AP ^ | 10/8/07 | Shannon Dininny
    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A search began Monday in the rugged central Washington Cascades for a missing plane with up to 10 people from a skydiving company on board. The Cessna 208 Grand Caravan left Star, Idaho, about 7 p.m. Sunday en route to Shelton, Wash., but did not arrive as scheduled, said Mike Fergus of the Federal Aviation Administration. A hunter in the White Pass area told police he saw a plane flying low and heard a crash about 8 p.m. Sunday. The plane is registered to Kapowsin Air Sports of Shelton. Ten people from the skydiving company Skydive...
  • Pakistani minister defies fatwa over hug (case of assisted sky-diving)

    04/11/2007 7:32:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 731+ views
    Yahoo News & IANS ^ | April 11, 2007
    Pakistani minister defies fatwa over hug By IANS Wednesday April 11, 11:24 AM Islamabad, April 11 (IANS) Pakistan Tourism Minister Nilofar Bakhtiar has defied the country's Islamic clergy which issued a decree against her for hugging a male coach after para-jumping, by saying she did it for a 'good cause'. Bakhtiar told a TV channel that she had 'jumped' to collect funds for the victims of the October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, and would do it again for a good cause. 'We don't need to be intimidated by these people,' Bakhtiar said. The chief cleric of Islamabad's Lal Masjid last...
  • Experienced Lancaster [CA] skydiver plunges to death

    10/31/2006 9:35:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 455+ views ^ | Tuesday, October 31, 2006.
    TAFT - A Lancaster man jumped from a plane and dove to his death Saturday afternoon. Michael Scott Nielsen, 27, was an experienced skydiver with more than 300 jumps under his belt, and those who knew him said he was a friendly guy who enjoyed extreme sports. Around noon Saturday, Nielsen leaped out of a plane above 500 Airport Road. On his way down, he apparently attempted a low-altitude turn. The maneuver turned out to be too close to land, and tNielsen hit the ground hard. Deputy coroner Jeff Cameron said the man suffered "major traumatic injuries" and was taken...
  • Pa. Skydiver Dies During Tandem Jump

    05/28/2006 2:08:46 AM PDT · by kenth · 23 replies · 2,075+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 28, 2006 | AP Staff
    STERLING, Ohio — A first-time skydiver slipped from her harness during a jump Saturday and fell to her death, authorities said. The 44-year-old woman from West Chester, Pa., was participating in a tandem jump, her first with the AerOhio Skydiving school near Sterling, about 40 miles south of Cleveland, according to the Wayne County Sheriff's office. The victim's name was withheld pending notification of her family. During tandem jumps, a novice skydiver is harnessed to the chest of an experienced jumper. When the parachute is deployed, the experienced skydiver guides the team to the ground. A preliminary investigation by the...
  • World skydiving team claims record

    02/08/2006 8:25:42 PM PST · by killjoy · 8 replies · 902+ views
    AP ^ | 2006/02/08 | AP
    UDON THANI, Thailand (AP) - Skydivers from 31 countries have claimed a world record of 400 people holding hands in a mid-air free-fall formation. The record was certified by judges from the Switzerland-based Federation Aeronautique Internationale at the scene, announced the World Team '06, the informal association of international skydivers who made the attempt over an airfield in northeastern Thailand. "It was beautiful. It was one of my absolute favourite dives of my life," said World Team skydive director B.J. Worth. He said in order to set the record, "100 per cent of the people in the air have to...
  • Mistakes led to skydiving death: judge

    11/07/2005 5:47:05 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 38 replies · 3,016+ views
    CBC ^ | 11/7/05 | Mikey_1962
    The skydiving facility where a young woman died when her parachutes failed to open properly made a number of mistakes that day, including improperly packing the chutes and not providing adquate training for the first-time jumper, a fatality inquiry report into her death says. The report, written by provincial court Judge Brian Stevenson, calls for the federal government to enforce rules for skydiving facilities, and outlines a number of errors made at the Skydive Ranch, where Nadia Kanji jumped. Five people have died at the facility since 1989. When Kanji, who was making her first ever skydive at the Beiseker...
  • Woman plummets to her death

    01/09/2006 2:16:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 89 replies · 3,552+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | January 9, 2006 | BEN TORTER AND ALDO NAHED
    A Sunny Isles Beach woman's efforts to scale her way into her locked apartment Sunday morning ended in tragedy when she fell to her death from the roof an 11-story building. The accident occurred at 10:30 a.m. as the woman, believed to be in her mid-20s, returned home from a night out to her condo at the Ramada Plaza Marco Polo Beach Resort, 19201 Collins Ave. Employees said the woman appeared to have lost her keys or locked herself out of her apartment. Police did not release her name but those who recognized her said she was an exotic dancer...
  • Sky Diver Dies After Legs Severed In Midair

    04/27/2005 1:28:24 PM PDT · by kingattax · 23 replies · 1,920+ views
    DELAND, Fla. -- A skydiving cinematographer died Saturday after his legs were severed in a midair collision with an airplane as both descended over a Central Florida airport, authorities said. Witnesses say the sky diver had deployed his parachute when he struck the left wing of the plane at about 600 feet. Albert "Gus" Wing III of Longwood had jumped from the DHC-6 Twin Otter propeller plane during a jump organized by Skydive DeLand, said Commander Randel Henderson, of the DeLand Police Department. According to a witness on the ground, Wing had deployed his parachute when he struck the left...
  • Skydiver dies in midair collision with airplane

    04/25/2005 7:40:26 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 42 replies · 2,370+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | April 25, 2005 | Associated Press
    DELAND, Fla. - A skydiving cinematographer was killed after his legs were severed in a midair collision with the airplane he had jumped from, authorities said. Albert "Gus" Wing III had already deployed his parachute Saturday when he struck the left wing of the DHC-6 Twin Otter propeller plane at about 600 feet, a witness on the ground told police. Both of Wing's legs were severed at the knees, but he managed to maneuver his parachute and land near the DeLand Airport, about 40 miles north of Orlando, DeLand Police Cmdr. Randel Henderson said. He was airlifted to a hospital,...
  • New Thrill for the Bored-With-Just-Parachuting Set

    08/23/2004 7:36:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 693+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 23, 2004 | COREY KILGANNON
    GARDINER, N.Y., Aug. 20 - From 5,000 feet up, a parachutist glides gently to earth, destined for a soft, feathery landing in the grassy airfield here at the Blue Sky Ranch, at the base of the Shawangunk Mountains. But suddenly, at about 500 feet, the jumper abruptly begins plummeting in a downward spiral and seems in a free-fall death plunge. At precisely this unnerving moment, though, cheers erupt from a crowd assembled around a small artificial pond below, and the jumper deftly pulls out of the plunge by banking a turn toward the water. In a steep, swooping approach, he...
  • Former President Bush to Skydive

    03/19/2004 2:08:39 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 162+ views
    Associated Press | Friday, March 19, 2004
    DALLAS (AP) - Former President George Bush hasn't had enough air time yet. For his 80th birthday, he's planning his third skydiving feat since 1997 - and fourth jump ever. The ex-president also plans a party in College Station on June 12 (his birthday) and June 13 so friends and admirers can watch the next leap. Tickets will be sold, with prices beginning at $100 and the proceeds going to charity. A Navy pilot during World War II, Bush made a jump at age 72, fulfilling a promise he made after bailing from a crippled plane during the military conflict....
  • City to Settle Skydive Lawsuit

    10/09/2003 10:00:34 AM PDT · by boris · 3 replies · 213+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10-09-2003 | Lynne Barnes
    City to Settle Skydive Lawsuit Simi Valley agrees to pay a man hurt by a parachutist who went off course at a city event. By Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer The city of Simi Valley, CA has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a retired mechanic who was injured when a skydiver veered off course during a city-sponsored event and landed on top of him, the victim's attorney said Wednesday. Also part of the settlement agreement are co-defendants John Perrin, the skydiver who crashed into Ronald Bohle, and Ted Barba, another one of the skydivers, said Newport Beach attorney...
  • Wingman

    08/18/2003 12:26:00 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 34 replies · 286+ views ^ | August 18, 2003 | Michael Abrams
    <p>Get ready to fly at 186 mph.</p> <p>Want to soar like an eagle? Then go with a parasail or a hang glider. But for those who dream of screaming through the air like a superhero, there's the Skyray - a solid, triangular, carbon-fiber contraption that lets skydivers shoot above the clouds at 186 mph for two exhilarating minutes. That's quadruple the air time of the usual free fall and almost twice the speed of the world's fastest bird, the spine-tailed swift.</p>
  • Daredevil 'birdman' glides across Channel

    07/30/2003 10:44:20 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 363+ views
    Ireland Online ^ | July 31, 2003
    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...
  • Skydiver who plunged 13,000 feet to his death may have been murdered

    07/05/2003 3:43:05 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 18 replies · 290+ views
    Sunday Mail ^ | 07/06/03 | Steve Mckenzie
    MURDERED AT 13,000FT Skydiver's chute sabotaged say cops Steve Mckenzie A YOUNG skydiver who plunged 13,000 feet to his death may have been murdered, police said yesterday. Detectives said the parachute used by Stephen Paul Hilder, 20, had been "blatantly tampered with". The Army officer cadet died when his chute failed to open. His death was caught on video and police have been studying the footage for clues. He was taking part in a jump attended by university students from Scotland, England and Wales at an airfield in Lincolnshire. A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said: "The parachute being used by...
  • British Pilot Dies in Skydiving Accident in Florida

    05/12/2003 11:29:12 PM PDT · by Sweet_Sunflower29 · 206+ views
    AP ^ | May 13, 2003
    A British man died in a skydiving accident after a draft caught his parachute and accelerated his descent, officials said. Martin Siddell, a 52-year-old British Airways pilot, died Sunday after witnesses said a gust of wind caught his chute, causing him to go horizontal a few hundred feet off the ground, said Zephyrhills Police Chief Jerry Freeman. Witnesses performed CPR but the man died at the scene, said Zephyrhills Patrolman Roy Langley. Several witnesses told police that Siddell, making his third jump of the day, had a safe jump initially and his chute had opened normally. However, the chute folded...
  • Skydiving accident kills tandem pair: instructor and student

    01/06/2003 5:29:32 PM PST · by Lorianne · 43 replies · 686+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | 12/23/2002 | Walter Wright
    An 18-year-old Nebraska woman and her Hawai'i parachuting instructor plunged 9,000 feet to their deaths near Dillingham Airfield yesterday when the main parachute and a reserve parachute in their tandem harness apparently failed to open.They crashed into the yard of a Mokule'ia estate about a mile from the field The parachutists crashed in a yard on Mahina'ai Street, narrowly missing Fred Chuckovich, who was in the yard. "He was out in the yard fixing a gate, and heard this loud noise right behind him," said Wagner Carvalho, Chuckovich's son-in-law. "He turned around and there were two people in the yard....
  • Sky divers leap from tall building

    12/29/2002 4:42:57 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 7 replies · 417+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 29, 2002 | Associated Press Staff
    Sky divers leap from tall building 12/29/2002 Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Sky divers plunged off the world's tallest buildings Saturday to warm up for a competition held only rarely because the activity is banned in most countries. The sky divers, who will take part in a tournament scheduled to start Sunday, leaped from a balcony of the 1,483-foot Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Strong wind gusts blew many of the sky divers off course, pushing them away from the target circle on the ground - a situation that would cost them points when the competition starts....
  • Daring Aeronaut Prepares For Super Jump From Space

    09/09/2002 8:30:56 AM PDT · by Lokibob · 16 replies · 833+ views ^ | 9 Sept, 2002 | Leonard David
      Daring Aeronaut Prepares For Super Jump From SpaceBy Leonard DavidSenior Space Writerposted: 09:25 am ET09 September 2002 A free-falling Frenchman is determined to jump from high in the stratosphere into the record books. Calling it the Le Grand Saut, or "The Super Jump", Michel Fournier is readying himself and the technology needed to attempt a skydiving record. The 58-year-old Fournier and his team are waiting out rainy weather conditions in Saskatchewan, Canada hoping to have a shot this month at the highest parachute jump from some 25 miles (40 kilometers) altitude.On D-day (Dive-day), a stratospheric balloon will carry Fournier...
  • Skydiver lets out war whoop, loses false teeth

    07/18/2002 3:11:53 PM PDT · by Ranger · 14 replies · 295+ views
    ap ^ | 7/15/02
    <p>ADDISON, Vt. - Carl Root wishes he'd kept his mouth shut.</p> <p>Root, 34, let out a war whoop and lost his false teeth at 9,000 feet during his maiden skydiving jump as a cameraman documenting his tumble to earth.</p> <p>"It's a very expensive learning lesson," said Root, who vows never to jump with his dentures again.</p>