Felix Baumgartner: five other crazy flying stunts (videos)
The Austrian has set dozens of world records, from the earth’s tallest buildings to the arms of Jesus
FELIX BAUMGARTNER made history yesterday by skydiving from the edge of space – his latest extreme flying feat. Before he became the first person to break the speed of sound, the 43-year-old Austrian had made a career out of pushing the boundaries of human flight, setting skydiving and Base-jumping records from Malaysia to Brazil. Here are five of his best stunts:
Petronus Towers, Kuala Lumpur
In 1999, Baumgartner created a world record for the highest parachute jump from a building when he leapt from the 1,479ft-high Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Taipei 101, Taiwan
The twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur were the tallest buildings in the world in 1999, but were overtaken by the Taipei 101 in 2004. Naturally, in December 2007, Baumgartner became the first person to jump off the 1,669ft-high Taipei 101.
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
In December 2001, Felix set a record for the lowest Base jump ever when he leapt off the 95ft-high arm of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The organiser of the jump, Stefan Aufschnaiter, described Baumgartner as "the craziest base jumper in the world".
In July 2003, Baumgartner became the first person in the world to literally fly across the English Channel. Using a pair of specially-made carbon fibre wings, he leapt from a plane above Dover, landing 22 miles away in Cap Blanc-Nez near Calais just 14 minutes later.
Mamet Cave, Croatia
In October 2004 Baumgartner jumped into the 623ft-deep Mamet cave in Croatia. Baumgartner has said his supersonic plunge on Sunday will be the end of his 'journey' as a daredevil. He intends to retire with his girlfriend and settle down to a quiet life - which in his case means becoming a rescue helicopter pilot.