A leap of faith, jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft at 102,000 feet. - Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums

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How much faith do you have in your equipment?

Just how gutsy are you?

At 5:29 on 16 August 1960 Captain Joseph W. Kittinger Jr., lifted off from an old abandoned airstrip just north of Tularosa, New Mexico, and east of Highway 70.

After a long inspiration and after saying "Lord, take care of me..." the pilot jumped at an altitude of 102,800 feet, thus having 99.2 percent of the atmosphere beneath him.

After falling for 13 seconds, his six-foot (1.8-meter) canopy parachute opened and stabilized his fall, preventing the flat spin that could have killed him. Only four minutes and 36 seconds more were needed to bring him down to about 17,500 feet (5,334 meters) where his regular 28-foot (8.5-meter) parachute opened, allowing him to float the rest of the way to Earth.

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Good find John never knew that this had been done.....Not trying to high jack your thread but we had a "close encounter with people jumping out of perfectly good air planes....

My oldest son got the urge to do some parachuting, and after his first jump he brought the video home to show us....He had two instructors, one man one woman with him on his first jump....Some how he got turned up side down which caused him to throw the male instructor away from him....That woman locked onto him and was able to get him right side up and then deployed his chute.....James thought this was all great fun until both instructors chewed him out saying that on his back his chute would not have opened!!!!!...And he would have been killed...James said it was so much fun the first time, but admitted on his second jump he screamed like a little girl all the way down....

Couple years after that we went to this jump school and were doing a build out of offices, restrooms and locker rooms at this air strip....I stopped to watch James make a jump, let me tell you its not the greatest feeling watching him falling....But what shut everything down that day was a near miss by one of their very experienced jumpers....This woman jumped out of the plane with the group, everyone's chutes started opening except hers....It got twisted up and she had to cut it loose and open her reserve chute....She "popped" at way below the recommended height, and was coming down a a rate of speed that if she had not been an experienced jumper, it would have been super nasty....

She had three choices to land, one on the runway, which was concrete, she would have been rolling on it and breaking every thing...The next was in this tall grass next to the run way , here this tall grass would have been like razor blades cutting her up...Her last choice was in the ditch, with about three foot of water in it and about 8 foot across....She came in fast and furious, with her heels down and her toes up, hit that water going like I said super fast....She put up behind her a perfect "rooster tail" .....She went about 100 yards before she "dumped" her chute...Even then she made about 4 somersaults before she stopped....People were running, one truck was rolling and just as they reached her she stood up, totally wet, and quite shaken but not hurt....She had just bought that chute the day before and a jump master had packed it for her...That was one jump master who never worked around that club again!!!!!....

James mom and his wife were there too, after that incident James never jumped again...BTW..... That was the day we found out that our daughter in law was going to have our first grandson, she had planned on telling us later that night over dinner....So James days of jumping are over....



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You finance it, and I'll do it.

I love this kind of stuff too.

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I have 102 jumps recorded, all have been safe, well mostly safe, there was one, jumping into a jungle that was not so safe.

There was a time when we would jump as many times as possible in a day. Means as soon as you hit, you have anohter chute ready to go and hit the jump plane again, while the packer is making up your previous chute and you do it again, did up to 8 in a day. Mind you these were all younger days. I have not jumped in over 15 years. Nor would I attempt the 102 thousand foot jump, or maybe when I first started, na, don't think even then.

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Pretty cool AZOnly person to go supersonic un-assisted, IIRC. Pretty brave/crazy sumbitch too.

Here's another Holloman/White sands crazy thing.


I was stationed at H.A.F.B. with the 54'th TAC fighter wing/detached to work on T-38s avionics. We used to see strange, u.f.o.(because we didn't know what the heck we we're seeing sometimes but we we're pretty sure they were ours lol)in the sky.

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That sled track is really cool. It is so flat you can't belive it unless you see it. 10 miles long and, if I recall correctly, it does not even follow the curve of the earth. I got to sit atop Thule Peak and watch a sled test at night one time. Totally amazing what they do there.


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