On November 1, 1962 Eugene Andreev
jumped from an altitude of 83,523 feet or 25,457 meters near Saratov, Russia,
falling for 80,380 feet or 24,500 meters
fore deploying his parachute. This is
recognized as the world's longest free fall.
On August 16, 1960 as part of Project Excelsior Colonel
Joseph Kittinger stepped out of Excelsior III, a helium balloon, at an altitude
of 102,800 feet or 31,330 meters. He fell for 4 minutes and 36 seconds and
reached speeds of 614 mph or 989 km/h before opening his parachute at 18,000
feet or 5,500 meters for a total falling distance of 84.8000 feet or 25,830
There was only one
catch, Colonel Joseph Kittinger used a drogue chute to stabilize his fall, thus
voiding his jump as the world's longest free fall.
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