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Thursday, July 31, 2003
Across the English Channel...in Freefall!
BBC NEWS | UK | Skydiver in record Channel flight : "Felix Baumgartner leapt from a plane above Dover at 0509 BST, landing 22 miles (35 kilometres) away in Cap Blanc-Nez near Calais just 14 minutes later.
He wore only an aerodynamic jumpsuit with a 6-foot (1.8-metre) carbon fin strapped to his back, an oxygen tank from which to breathe, and a parachute to land. "
He jumped out of the plane at 33,000 feet, where the temperature was -40 degrees. He reached speeds of 220 mph early in the fall. Baumgartner spent three years training for the jump, including riding strapped to the top of a speeding Porsche.
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