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    Joe Kittinger

    This is completely of the wall, but I just heard of this yesterday and had never known about it before. Just posting it for anyone else who might not have heard of it.

    In 1960, Joe Kittinger ascended into the upper atmosphere, literally to the edge of space, in a helium balloon with an open gondola. At 102,800 he jumped and fell back to earth. There is an image of his jump here:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... r-jump.jpg

    Kinda puts 'xtreme skatboarding' into perspective.
    In response to his pleas, an officer said: "You think we've never arrested somebody that's made national media? ... We deal with the Bengals all the time."

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3880848

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    Re: Joe Kittinger

    Unreal. Had never heard of this before.

    Did a youtube search...and sure enough....

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    Re: Joe Kittinger

    Holy crap! That's just awesome. Thanks for the post .
    <a href=http://www.planetsteelers.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=6892&dateline=1331316420 target=_blank>http://www.planetsteelers.com/forums...ine=1331316420</a>

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    Re: Joe Kittinger

    Wow...the speed of sound....insane....!
    http://i371.photobucket.com/albums/oo156/shiek2134/SHIEK.jpg?t=1299014285

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    Re: Joe Kittinger

    Mountain Dew began selling between 1955 and 1960. Kittinger's jump took place in 1960. Coincidence? Or something more...?

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