Felix Baumgartner of Austria exist capsule - Red Bull via Reuters
His body pierced the atmosphere at speeds topping 700 miles per hour, appearing to achieve another of his goals: to become the first skydiver to break the speed of sound, according to the project website. He sped toward Earth on the 65th anniversary of legendary American pilot Chuck Yeager’s flight shattering the sound barrier on Oct. 14, 1947.
- Felix Baumgartner Tries To Break The Sound Barrier Exactly 65 Years After Chuck Yeager Broke The Sound Barrier In A Rocket Plane (businessinsider.com)
- 65th Anniversary of Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane (shinesquad.me)