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Originally posted by john_cramer
Hmm, within the earth's atmosphere is a tricky qualification. The absolute world record for speed in a parachute jump was set by Kittinger in 1960 at 714 MPH. He exited at 102,800 feet (still, technically, the "atmosphere") and exceeded the speed of sound at that altitude....
Originally posted by beepbeep
I tought Kittinger went a bit faster than that, jumping off a baloon?

Yes, yes, Joe Kittinger's jump(s) are exactly why I put the "within the Earth's atmosphere" qualification in there. I guess I should have said: "fastest freefall from a propeller-driven aircraft". Or "fastest freefall from an exit altitude of less than 20,000 ft.". The guy who set the 321 mph record (Charles Bryan) did so without the need for a pressure suit or supplemental oxygen either. Anyhow, I can tell you going head-down @ 200+ mph is a WHOLE different ballgame than "normal" terminal velocity skydiving, but 300+ mph must be insane!


Yes, it is the best! Nothing quite like going balls-out, head-down with your hair on fire! Oh, and may all your future deployments be soft, and sub-terminal!
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