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Is The World Freefall Record About To Be Beat?

by John M. White |

Aviation is an interesting business, and records are an integral part of aviation. 50 years ago Joe Kittinger documented his jump from 102,800 feet, but that record is about to be challenged by a Red Bull team. But, that's not all - they intend to film the entire event with a bevy of cameras ranging from high definition motion picture cameras to high definition still cameras. A flying movie studio is being constructed to record the event built to withstand the near space temperatures. The flying film studio will consist of 9 high-definition cameras, 3 digital cinematography cameras and 3 high-resolution digital still cameras, all intended to photograph the free fall from several different directions and to provide great detail of the event. Here is a video explaining the project in more detail: So, would you be up for some of this fun, or is this a bit more than you care to tackle? Years ago I was involved in parachuting until I decided it was smarter to fly the airplanes than jump out of them. Ever since I considered departing an aircraft at altitude was for fools, not me. But to go over 100,000 feet up and then free fall to earth? Don't think so! Good luck, Felix, and happy landings! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 I was on the point of cutting the cord that suspended me between heaven and earth . . . and measured with my eye the vast space that separated me from the rest of the human race . . . I felt myself precipitated with a velocity that was checked by the sudden unfolding of my parachute. — André-Jacques Garnerin, world's first parachutist, 22 October 1797. ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!

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