Most renown for setting a world record free fall from space in 2012 and becoming the first person ever to break the sound barrier without vehicular power; Felix Baumgartner has jumped off many of the world’s tallest buildings, soared across the English Channel in a carbon fiber wing, and skydived from Space.
Felix Baumgartner, AKA “Fearless Felix” was born in Austria on April 20th, 1969. Inspired by astronauts on TV, Felix always dreamed of flying helicopters and becoming a professional skydiver. And that’s exactly what he did. Bumgartner now 43, has completed some 2500 jumps since he began at the age of 16. Felix has secured 6 world records including his most recent, the Red Bull Stratos project when he jumped 128k miles to earth from a helium balloon reaching an estimated speed of over 840 mph.
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- Felix is a licensed gas balloon and helicopter pilot
- In April 1999, Baumgartner claimed the world record for the highest parachute jump from a building when he jumped from the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- In December 1999, Baumgartner sets a world record for the lowest BASE jump ever by jumping off the Christ Redeemer Statue in Rio, de Janeiro, Brazil.
- In 2001, Baumgartner becomes the first person to jump from a 902 foot cliff in Meteora, Greece
- In 2003, Baumgartner became the first person to skydive across the English Channel using a specially made carbon fiber wing.
- In 2004, Baumgartner jumps off the highest bridge in the world, in Millau Viaduct, France, from an altitude of 1,125 feet.
- In 2012, Baumgartner becomes the first person to break the speed of sound in a freefall traveling an estimated 843mph. He also breaks another world record for skydiving 24miles from space back to earth.
- Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year (12 March 2013).
- Bambi (prize), 2012
- In December 2012, Felix was named one of “The Men of the Year 2012” by Top Gear Magazine