The men who fall to Earth

Felix Baumgartner's balloon rises during the second test flight in Roswell, New Mexico, in the United States, on July 25. Photo: AFP

The quest to jump from ever-higher altitudes has gripped skydivers for generations, with varying results.  Craig Williams weighs the latest attempt against those of the 'supermen' of the 1960s.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 7:53pm

A good week for ...

Joseph Ng Kwok-chung

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Fatal Sunset

Fatal Sunset by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Glenneyre Press (audiobook)

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Memories of a trooper

Major General Pratap Dayal still vividly remembers his first jump out of an aircraft. 'That first leap into the unknown was a unique experience,' he recalls.

Dayal, now retired, served as a doctor in the Indian Army for more than 30 years.

He fought in two wars on the Indian subcontinent as a commander of one of the Indian Army's elite paratrooper squads.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Six-week blitz on canopies after collapse

The Buildings Department will carry out a six-week special inspection on 4,000 buildings with canopies similar to the one that collapsed in Tuen Mun, seriously injuring a man on Thursday night.

Department officials said the inspection on cantilevered slab canopies would start from today.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

New angle on invasion hits TV

Discovery Channel is showing a special 67th anniversary D-Day documentary this Sunday at 10pm.

The two-hour Surviving D-Day combines cutting-edge analytical commentary with powerful visuals, vivid dramatisations and inspiring stories of heroism.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Pearl Halo put his best foot forward

Pearl Halo finally threw off his internal bleeding problems to break through for a maiden win in the Tai Lam Chung Handicap (1,400m) and give Way Leung Ming-wai just his second victory for the season.

2 Feb 2009 - 12:00am



City Contemporary Dance Company

Kwai Tsing Theatre

Reviewed: April 28

2 May 2006 - 12:00am

Towering feat for parachutists

An international group of parachutists will leap off the country's tallest building, the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, to mark National Day in the mainland's first such performance.

21 Aug 2003 - 12:00am


Drop Zone

Pearl, 9.30pm

Pete Nessip (Wesley Snipes, above) and his brother Terry (Malcolm Jamal Warner) are United States marshals escorting convicted computer hacker Earl Leedy (Michael Jeter) to a federal prison via a commercial 747.

Mid-flight, an apparent terrorist attack results in an on-board explosion and the disappearance of the prisoner.

30 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Movie Watch

Drop Zone

Pearl, 9.30pm

29 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

Who was the first criminal caught using fingerprints? Although the study of fingerprints started in 1684, when anatomist Dr Nehemiah Grew published a paper on the subject, it was not until 1860 that fingerprints were used as a means of identification.

6 May 1999 - 12:00am

Defective balconies won't collapse - yet

Hundreds of balconies and canopies need checking to see what work is required to stop them collapsing, an official said yesterday.

But building officials noted that the 405 which failed to meet the highest standards would not collapse in the 'immediate future'.

Twenty-eight suspect canopies and balconies have so far been demolished.

12 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Plunge into insanity and beyond

FOR those who like to live their life on the edge, Freefall describes what it is like to fall off.

Tom Read joined the British Army's parachute regiment as a teenager, went on to become a member of the elite Red Devils skydiving team, and finally gained admission to the toughest regiment of them all, the Special Air Services (SAS).

4 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

It's a sport that you will fall in love with

Courses are held every weekend by the Hong Kong Parachute Association (HKPA). The course costs $3,400 and includes full instruction, insurance, equipment and membership for one year with the British Parachute Association.

7 Oct 1996 - 12:00am