Joe Kittinger's Fall from 102,000 Feet

    On August 16, 1960, Joe Kittinger made the final jump from the Excelsior III at 102,800 feet (31,330 m). Towing a small drogue chute for stabilization, he fell for 4 minutes and 36 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 614 mph (988 km/h or 274 m/s) before opening his parachute at 18,000 feet (5,500 m). He set records for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest drogue-fall (fourteen minutes), and fastest speed by a human through the atmosphere.

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