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Going for a Record Skydive

Posted by Ryan on August 13, 2007

Drudge posted this story about a 63 year old French man named Michel Fournier who wants to break three skydiving world records at once.  He wants to have the record for the world’s 1) longest skydive, 2) highest parachute jump, and 3) highest altitude achieved by a human in a weather balloon.  To do this he plans to use a special suit and weather balloon to climb 25 miles up (or roughly 130,000 feet) and jump.  He plans on breaking the sound barrier with his body after about 37 seconds, and hopes to hit 1000 miles per hour before deploying his parachute somewhere over the Canadian plains.

Having gone on a tandem-dive once, myself, I can say that this guy is a bit nuts!  I jumped at about 10,000 feet and it was really cool– I may never do it again but it was a great check of my life’s to-do list!  130,000 feet is 13 times higher than that.  If he pulls it off it’ll be incredible: it’s practically space, the atmosphere is brutal, and the luck, physics, and suicidal intestinal fortitude it takes to even go through with this is enough to think this guy’s future may be limited should he try it as scheduled next March 1.  Good luck to him though!

Pic from Maryland Sky Dive.

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