(born 20 April 1969) is an Austrian skydiver, daredevil and BASE jumper. He set the world record for skydiving an estimated , reaching an estimated speed of 843.6 mph (1357.64 km/h), or Mach 1.25, on 14 October 2012, and became the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power on his descent. He is also renowned for the particularly dangerous nature of the stunts he has performed during his career. Baumgartner spent time in the Austrian military where he practised parachute jumping, including training to land on small target zones.
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 [ctv.ca] - Beata Łanoszka: One week after he plunged from an altitude of 128,100 feet – catapulting toward the earth, breaking the sound barrier along the way – FelixBaumgartner says it’s still difficult to fully understand the magnitude of his accomplishment.