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UPI Almanac for Saturday Sept. 14, 2013.
By United Press International
Skydiver sets 3 records with 24-mile leap

Skydiver sets 3 records with 24-mile leap

ROSWELL, N.M., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner broke the sound barrier Sunday in a world record-shattering jump from a balloon floating 24 miles above the Earth.
Daredevil's 23-mile jump aborted

Daredevil's 23-mile jump aborted

ROSWELL, N.M., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner's 23-mile jump from a balloon above Roswell, N.M., was postponed Tuesday due to high winds.
Daredevil readies 23-mile free fall

Daredevil readies 23-mile free fall

ROSWELL, N.M., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- An Austrian aerial daredevil planning to leap and free-fall from a balloon 23 miles over New Mexico says he will go supersonic before his parachute opens.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.
By United Press International
Skydiver in 4-minute free-fall jump

Skydiver in 4-minute free-fall jump

ROSWELL, N.M., March 16 (UPI) -- An Austrian who made a free-fall jump from 71,581 feet into New Mexico that lasted nearly 4 minutes plans to make a 120,000-foot "space jump," officials said.

Skydiver could pass speed of sound

VIENNA, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- An Austrian skydiver says he'll attempt to set the record for highest skydive in history this year, aiming to fall faster than the speed of sound.

Attempt at record skydive announced

LONDON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- An Austrian daredevil says he will attempt the highest skydive in history that will see him exceed the speed of sound during his descent.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011.
By United Press International

Dispute holds up skydiving attempt

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A plan by an Austrian daredevil to break the world's record for the highest skydive has been put on hold by a lawsuit, organizers of the attempt say.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 14, 2007.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2006 with 108 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2005 with 108 to follow.
By United Press International

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 14, the 258th day of 2004 with 108 to follow.
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Joseph William Kittinger II (born July 27, 1928) is a former Command Pilot and career military officer in the United States Air Force. He is most famous for his participation in Project Manhigh and Project Excelsior, holding the records for having the highest, fastest and longest skydive and as being the first man to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a gas balloon. Serving as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, he was shot down and spent 11 months in a North Vietnamese prison.

Born in Tampa, Florida (U.S.), Kittinger was educated at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, and the University of Florida. After racing speedboats as a teenager, he entered the U.S. Air Force in March 1949. On completion of aviation cadet training in March 1950, he received a pilot rating and a commission as a second lieutenant. He was subsequently assigned to the 86th Fighter-Bomber Wing based at Ramstein Air Base in West Germany, flying the F-84 Thunderjet and F-86 Sabre.

In 1954 Kittinger was transferred to Holloman AFB, New Mexico and the Air Force Missile Development Center (AFMDC). He flew the observation/chase plane which monitored flight surgeon Colonel John Paul Stapp's rocket sled run of 632 mph (1,017 km/h) in 1955. Kittinger was impressed by Stapp's dedication and leadership as a pioneer in aerospace medicine. Stapp, in turn, was impressed with Kittinger's skillful jet piloting, later recommending him for space-related aviation research work. Stapp was to foster the high altitude balloon tests which would later lead to Kittinger's record-setting leap from over 102,800 feet (31,300 m). In 1957, as part of Project Manhigh, Kittinger set an interim balloon altitude record of 96,760 feet (29,490 m) in Manhigh I, for which he was awarded his first Distinguished Flying Cross.

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