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Felix Baumgartner

Felix Baumgartner, a former military parachutist from Austria, is the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a peak of 1,342km/h. On October 14, 2012, the 43-year-old jumped out of a balloon 39 kilometres above New Mexico, also breaking the record of highest freefall. He was in freefall for four minutes and 19 seconds and took nearly 10 minutes in total to descend. Baumgartner has logged more than 2,500 career dives.

A good week for … (October 21, 2012)

Mo Yan

Sunday, 21 October, 2012, 1:39am

Who said it?

Should we applaud the relentless efficiency of our civil service, or decry its time-wasting stupidity?

Businessman Markus Shaw, after the government spent HK$25 writing to ask him to rectify an error in election expenses of less than HK$1


I'm now under great pressure and have a lot to worry about. So how can I be happy?

16 Oct 2012 - 4:06am

Felix Baumgartner, the man who fell to earth

"Fearless Felix" Baumgartner, the Austrian daredevil who stunned fans around the world by breaking the sound barrier in a hair-raising free fall from the fringe of space, was "born to fly".

That's according to a tattoo on the 43-year-old adventurer, a motto that took on a whole new meaning after his nail-biting feat on Sunday - the fastest, highest free fall ever.

16 Oct 2012 - 1:54pm

Felix Baumgartner's fall-to-Earth video leaked online

German TV shows footage leaked on the internet from camera attached to Felix Baumgartner's body as he performed his supersonic skydive from the edge of space. 

16 Oct 2012 - 1:16pm

Profile: 'Fearless Felix' Baumgartner no stranger to danger

“Fearless Felix” Baumgartner, the Austrian daredevil who stunned fans around the world on Sunday by breaking the sound barrier in a hair-raising dive from the fringe of space, was “born to fly”.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner breaks sound barrier

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner made a record-breaking leap from the edge of space, landing safely in the New Mexico desert after freefalling from more than 39 kilometres above the earth. The 43-year-old floated down to earth on a red and white parachute canopy, which he had opened after reaching speeds of 1,342km/h in freefall.

15 Oct 2012 - 2:05pm

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner cancels try at supersonic jump

Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile (37 kilometer) free fall on Tuesday into the New Mexico desert because of high winds.

The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria had hoped to become the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter three other world records.

15 Oct 2012 - 8:50am

Austrian bid for edge-of-space jump aborted

An Austrian daredevil’s attempt to make an unprecedented leap from the edge of space was aborted Tuesday moments before the planned launch due to gusty winds, organizers said.

Felix Baumgartner was already installed in the pressurized capsule, and a five-minute countdown was started, but as it got down to zero it became clear that conditions were too windy.

15 Oct 2012 - 8:51am