Joe Kittinger and the Excelsior Gondola

In the late 1950s, the U.S. Air Force set out to prove that a human could survive a fall from the outer limits of Earth’s atmosphere. After deploying his primary parachute, Kittinger fell for over 9 minutes before he reached the ground. During his fall he experienced a minimum temperature of -94 degrees Fahrenheit and a maximum speed of 614 miles per hour, according to the National Museum of the Air Force.

tanya77Can you imagine jumping from 100,000 feet? Joe Kittinger is RAD.

(Love his crewmate affectionately flipping him off at the end.)

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What I’ve always loved most about Excelsior is this photograph:

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  1. cerealchan reblogged this from steveagee and added:
    this is crazy shit
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  5. justin reblogged this from kenyatta and added:
    Science rules.
  6. kenyatta reblogged this from tanya77 and added:
    Excelsior Gondola...What I’ve always loved most about Excelsior
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  9. braiker reblogged this from thebedheadblog and added:
    This is an incredible video. thebedheadblog:
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  12. mikeisfunny reblogged this from steveagee and added:
    good fucking god, how is this guy not the most famous man in america?
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    This is UNBELIEVABLE.
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    This dude had onions.
  21. effdem reblogged this from tanya77 and added:
    Good lord…

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