RE: [Fwd: Outer Space Skydive Planned]

From: Tom Hume (
Date: Fri Mar 09 2001 - 01:56:55 PST

There's a book available called "Freefall" about an ex-Army guy (Tom
something) who tried to break the high altitude records...

At 09:16 08/03/2001 -0800, Mike Dierken wrote:

>In the 60's or 70's there was a US test pilot that did a similar thing - I
>saw footage on some PBS show.
>Something went wrong & he almost couldn't get out of the enclosure beneath
>the balloon, but he eventually did it.
>The footage of him plunging out the door with the surface of the Earth as
>background is phenomonal.
>I'll look for a link...
>A timeline
>"1960 -- Altitude Record and Highest Parachute Jump: Air Force Captain Joe
>Kittinger jumps from a balloon at 102,800 feet on August 16th and sets a
>world high altitude parachute jump (where he breaks the sound barrier with
>his body) and freefall record that still stands today.
>1961 -- Current Official Altitude Record Set: Commander Malcolm Ross and
>Lieutenant Commander Victor A. Prather of the U.S. Navy ascend to
>113,739.9 feet in 'Lee Lewis Memorial,' a polyethylene balloon. They land
>in the Gulf of Mexico where, with his pressure suit filling with water,
>and unable to stay afloat, Prather drowns. "
>Some history
>"Back in the 1950s and early 1960s, before the U.S. space program sent
>astronauts up in liquid-fuel rockets, a small group of daring, brilliant
>men made the first exploratory flights into the upper stratosphere to the
>edge of outer space. They made the flights suspended beneath plastic balloons.
>They saw things no one had ever seen, and they experienced conditions no
>one was sure they could survive. Reaching the edge of space was not
>designed as pre-rocket space exploration. These projects were looking for
>safe ways to return pilots of jet aircraft back to earth should they have
>to bail out above 40,000 feet.
>Captain Joe Kittinger would make five high altitude flights, Lt. Col.
>David Simons stayed aloft for a full day and night in a primitive
>pressurized capsule to become one of the first to see the curvature of the
> > -----Original Message-----
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> > Subject: [Fwd: Outer Space Skydive Planned]
> >
> >
> > It is somehow reassuring that the benevolent insanity gene
> > has not yet gone from the race.. :-) If he does not make
> > it, I think he is a clear Darwin Award candidate.
> > --
> > #ken P-)}
> >
> > Ken
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