Monday, February 23, 2009

Distance record jump update: no new record unfortunately...

The attempt to break the distance record for wingsuits didn't go as planned on Saturday unfortunately. The weather didn't cooperate, and they had to exit from 10 miles high instead of 13. 10 miles is still a mind boggling 52,800 feet (16,000 meters)! Regular commercial airliners fly at 30,000 to 33,000 ft. Additionally, one of the pilots got unwell from breathing too heavily from the pure oxygen which is needed at that altitude.

Unfortunately this probably means they have to wait another 6 months before they are able try again. The Yuma Sun has the full story here.

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