Baumgartner will always be remembered for his stratospheric jump streamed live online, dropping from 128,000 feet and breaking the sound barrier during his four-minute, 20-second free fall. But prior to that, the 48-year-old had reeled off a string of equally mind-blowing jumps. Here are just a few of his unconventional exploits.
Highs and Lows: In 1999, Baumgartner set a BASE-jump record with a leap from Kuala Lumpur’s 1,500-foot Petronas Twin Towers, then the tallest buildings on Earth. Later that year, he climbed to the outstretched arms of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue and launched off, nailing the lowest jump (95 feet).
Going for Distance: In 2003, Baumgartner strapped a chute and a carbon-fiber wing to his back and soared for 22 miles across the English Channel.
Doubling Down: In 2006, Baumgartner skydived
onto the roof of Sweden’s 625-foot Turning Torso building, then cut away from
his main parachute and BASE-jumped from the top. “There are very few of us
who have left such a big mark,” says fellow BASE jumper Luke Aikins. “It’s
that adventurous spirit of guys like Felix that shows us nothing is impossible.”