Felix Baumgartner

His giant leap from the edge of space was a new step for mankind

Felix Baumgartner channel crossing action
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Hi, my name is Felix Baumgartner. My discipline is BASE jumping. I was born on 20 April 1969 in Salzburg, Austria. My special talent is skydiving, piloting a helicopter… and jumping from the edge of space. My philosophy of life is I always want to see what is beyond the edge; what is waiting for me.


Felix Baumgartner constantly challenges his limits while pushing the physical boundaries of human flight. Since his unprecedented winged freefall across the English Channel in 2003, Felix had his eye on the supersonic grail. With a team of the world's top scientists, engineers and doctors, he was ready to rewrite history and advance aeronautical research with Red Bull Stratos.

He began skydiving at age 16, polishing his skills as part of the Austrian military's demonstration and competition team. In 1988, he began performing skydiving exhibitions for Red Bull. The company's progressive thinking and Felix's daring spirit clicked and they've collaborated ever since.

By the 1990s, Felix felt that he'd gone as far as he could with traditional skydiving, so he extended his canopy skills with BASE jumping. He felt that the lightning-fast reflexes and precise techniques required by such low-altitude feats enhanced his high-altitude skydiving technique.

But his magnum opus has to be the extreme sports event of this century, when he successfully completed the Red Bull Stratos jump from a height of just over 39km/24 miles, an estimated speed of 833.9mph (1,342.8 kph) during the 4m 22s of free fall. His jump “from the edge of space” courted worldwide acclamation as Felix set the record for the highest manned balloon height, fastest speed of free fall and the first human to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle.

His supersonic freefall earned him the National Geographic People’s Choice Adventure of the Year title in 2013.

Never one to stop still for long, in 2014 Felix swapped the skies for the racing track to take part in the Audi race experience team aboard the Audi R8 at the Nürburgring and at the Bathurst 12 Hour the following year.

Never idle for long, Baumgartner has since been seen testing the limits of aviation once again, with helicopter drift racing among his more recent projects.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 9th Place: Bathurst 12 hours

      With the Audi Team

      Sydney, Australia

  2. 2014
    1. 9th Place: ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race

      Nürburg, Germany

  3. 2013
    1. National Geographic People's Choice Adventurer of the Year

  4. 2012
    1. World Record: First human to break sound barrier in freefall

      Felix's supersonic sky dive with Red Bull Stratos made him the first ever person to break the sound barrier in freefall, and without vehicular power

      Roswell, USA

    2. World Record: Greatest freefall distance

      As well as the world records for: Highest vertical speed in freefall, Highest altitude for manned balloon flight and Highest freefall parachute jump

      Roswell, USA

  5. 2007
    1. BASE jump from world's tallest building

      Felix jumped from the Taipei 101 Tower from a height of 1,669 feet

      Taipei, Taiwan

  6. 2003
    1. First winged freefall crossing of the English Channel

      Dover, UK

  7. 1999
    1. World Record: Lowest BASE jump

      Felix completed a record-breaking BASE jump from the Christ the Redeemer statue at a height of just 95 feet

      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil