Complete Nutcases...

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  1. Freefall World Record Attempt

    Even Neil Armstrong would admit it’s a pretty big leap: to bale out of a balloon more than 20 miles above the surface of Earth, on the very edge of space, and let gravity take its course for a hair-raising seven minutes.

    But this is what two men are racing to do, the only question being which one will jump first. In one corner is Michel Fournier, a 64-year-old former French paratrooper who has sold his furniture to finance the venture and says he has dedicated his life to making the jump. In the other is Steve Truglia, a former SAS soldier and stuntman from east London who believes the attempt is “the last great stunt left to do; the biggest adventure in the world”.

    Whoever manages to make the jump first and survive it will break a world record that has stood for nearly 50 years. They will instantly take their place in the history books for completing the highest freefall as well as becoming the first person to break the sound barrier unaided.

    Nutters...
     
  2. Bloody hell. Scares me just thinking about it.
     
  3. Joseph Kittinger??

    Did it first and did it better :p

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  4. Joe Kittinger did it in 1960, but there is some debate about whether he hit the speed of sound. Bloke had balls the size of coconuts. Here are some good links about the jump with some video too.

    http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=397

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpsUD1oW3uo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81gn2oLeC_U

    I suffer from vertigo but managed a bungie jump a few years back in NZ it takes a lot of nerve to actually take that first (and only) step. The view from The Ledge in Queenstown is great, but nothing like as spectacular as the curvature of the Earth. Imagine freefalling for 5 minutes!
     
  5. Seven minute freefall?? Thats awesome! Clearly i'd soil myself, but it would be worth it!