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Baumgartner Broke the Sound Barrier

Parachute has deployed, daredevil headed back to Earth

(Newser) - In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, a daredevil skydiver shattered the sound barrier today while making the highest jump ever—a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert. Felix Baumgartner hit Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph,...

Wind Derails Hypersonic Skydive From Space

Daredevil postpones 23-mile stunt

(Newser) - A healthy sense of his own mortality couldn't stop Felix Baumgartner from hurling himself from the stratosphere in an experimental spacesuit, but a little wind could. Baumgartner was planning to take a record-setting 23-mile dive today that would have given scientists their first look at the effect breaking the...

Parachutist Jumps From 18 Miles Up

'Fearless Felix' Baumgartner well on his way to 23-mile jump

(Newser) - Skydiver "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner is working his way up to a record-breaking jump from 23 miles up , and today he jumped from a height of more than 18 miles. His altitude was an estimated 96,640 feet—almost three times more than the cruising altitude for planes, the AP...

80-Year-Old Skydiver Slips Out of Harness

Laverne Everett takes a scary skydive in California

(Newser) - Octogenarian skydiving won't exactly catch on after this video goes viral. Laverne Everett was celebrating birthday No. 80 with her first skydive when, at the last second, she became reluctant to jump, Huffington Post reports. The man going with her pushed Everett out, and the pair tumbled out over...

Daredevil Leaps From 13 Miles Up

Felix Baumgartner now halfway to skydiver record

(Newser) - An Austrian skydiver fell farther than anybody has fallen in 50 years yesterday, but he's still only halfway to making a record. "Fearless" Felix Baumgartner rode a pressurized capsule 13.6 miles up—as high as 57 Empire State Buildings and more than twice as high as commercial...

Skydiver Killed in Competition

Diver died of injury from 'swooping'

(Newser) - A skydiving expert with more than 8,000 jumps under his belt died at a skydiving competition in San Diego over the weekend, reports the New York Daily News . Sean Carey, who also taught skydiving to Navy SEALs, was supposed to be "swooping," a difficult maneuver in which...

Skydiver Plans Jump From Edge of Space

Felix Baumgartner will fall from 23 miles up

(Newser) - If you have a fear of heights, don’t read on: An Austrian adventurer plans to jump from the very edge of space later this year, falling from the dizzying height of about 23 miles. (That's 120,000 feet; for comparison's sake, consider that the average passenger plane...

Skydiving Sex? No Problem, Says FAA

Agency says viral video broke no rules

(Newser) - Apparently there are no FAA rules against skydiving porn. After a skydiving instructor made a tape that redefined the Mile High Club, the agency investigated—and found that no regulations were broken, the AP reports. The film proves that the physical intimacy didn’t even distract the pilot, the FAA...

FAA Probing Calif. Aerial Sex Stunt

Skydiving hijinks may have distracted pilot, say officials

(Newser) - A high-flying California sex stunt has caught the attention of FAA officials. They're investigating two skydivers filmed having sex in a plane before jumping into the wild blue yonder—still in "tandem." Sky-diving instructor Alex Torres, who also works as a porn actor, made the video in...

2 Skydivers Die After Colliding in Air

Plunged almost 400 feet to their deaths

(Newser) - Two skydivers died in California yesterday after their chutes collided when the two were about 300 to 400 feet in the air, causing them to plummet, reports the AP . The men were pronounced dead on the scene after emergency workers failed to resuscitate them. Patrick McGowan, 42, was an instructor...

Parachuting Dogs Join Afghan War

8 have been killed in action

(Newser) - What a difference a dog makes. While al-Qaeda inserts bombs in dogs , UK hounds are packing video cameras and parachuting into the Afghan war zone. British Special Forces troops have been dropping into Taliban territory with dogs strapped to their chests for the last several months, reports the Guardian . The...

Teacher Guilty of Love Rival's Skydive Murder
Teacher Gets 30 Years for Skydiving Murder
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Teacher Gets 30 Years for Skydiving Murder

Jealous jumper Els Clottemans sabotaged victim's chutes

(Newser) - A Belgian woman involved in a skydiving love triangle has been found guilty of murdering her rival by sabotaging her parachute , and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Schoolteacher Els Clottemans, 26, disabled the victim's parachute because she was jealous of the woman's involvement with a Dutch skydiver, prosecutors said....

Parachutist Solves Rubik's Cube in Freefall

Skydiver makes short work of it at 14,000 feet

(Newser) - A German skydiver solved a Rubik's cube while in freefall 14,000 feet above the ground, the Telegraph reports. Ludwig Fichte, 29, sat in a rubber boat with a companion while solving the puzzle and gloating to friends—all in the 31.5 seconds before he deployed his parachute. Check...

Midair Collision Kills 70-Year-Old Skydiver

(Newser) - A day in the Poconos turned deadly on Saturday for a 70-year-old skydiver who was killed after a midair collision. Theodore Wilson's parachute deployed but became tangled with that of a 75-year-old skydiver, who has been hospitalized in critical condition. The two fell about 75 feet to the ground, say...

Skydiving + Kayak = Skyaking
 Skydiving + Kayak = Skyaking 

Skydiving + Kayak = Skyaking

Man invents new extreme sport by jumping out of plane in a boat

(Newser) - Have you ever wished that skydiving involved more aquatic equipment? Of course you have. Well, behold skyaking, a new extreme sport that consists of jumping out of a plane in a kayak, spinning around a bit, then deploying a parachute and coming in for a water landing. So far, it’...

The 7 Best Place to Skydive
 The 7 Best Place to Skydive 

The 7 Best Place to Skydive

(Newser) - Skydiving is the ultimate rush, aided by a sensory trick—our brains lose the perception of height, so you can just "enjoy the ride," writes Turner Wright for Vagabondish. But where to jump?
  • Taupo, New Zealand. The skydiving capital of the world, where 30,000 people jump every
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Skydiver Falls 2K Feet, Hits Steel Roof, Lives

UK man in stable condition after backup parachute failed

(Newser) - A skydiver survived after plummeting 2,000 feet onto a steel roof after his backup parachute malfunctioned. After jumping from 10,000 feet, his first parachute failed at 3,000 feet. When he tried to use his reserve parachute, it “spiraled to the ground,” the Times of London...

Skydiving Bush Sr. Turns 85
 Skydiving Bush Sr. Turns 85 

Skydiving Bush Sr. Turns 85

(Newser) - George H.W. Bush celebrated his 85th birthday by skydiving over the coast of Maine today. The 41st president made a tandem jump with a member of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team onto a landing zone near a church in Kennebunkport, where the family has a summer home. "...

Bush Sr. Plans 85th-Birthday Skydive

Former president will jump near Maine home

(Newser) - Former President George H.W. Bush plans to celebrate his 85th birthday Friday by making a parachute jump in Maine, where he has his summer home. An aide said today that Bush will make a tandem jump with a member of the US Army Golden Knights parachute team. Their landing...

Novice Skydiver Lands Safely With Dead Instructor

Soldier says military training saved his life after instructor's mid-jump death

(Newser) - First-time skydiver Daniel Pharr had to think fast when he realized the instructor he was strapped to had suffered a medical emergency shortly after they leaped from the plane, he tells the Charlotte Observer. The soldier, copying moves he had seen on TV, pulled the toggles above him and steered...

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