September 16, 2014

Who Said That?

Florida's quote of the day

| 10/16/2012

"Our guardian angel will take care of you now."

-- Joseph Kittinger, who, until Sunday, held the record for the highest parachute jump at 102,800 feet from space

FELIX BAUMGARTNER has never had a problem with heights. Jumping off buildings and bridges were no problem, traversing the English Channel in a carbon-fibre wing was a lark.

But staying calm inside a pressurized suit and helmet built to withstand extraordinary speeds and altitudes - that was a test.

The 43-year-old Austrian former paratrooper had panic attacks when forced to endure hours inside the protective equipment. At one point in 2010 he fled to the airport and left the US rather than take a pressure suit-bound endurance test.

So when he set out to make the fastest and highest skydive in history, it was the man whose records he was attempting to break who helped ensure his claustrophobia did not return.

Joseph Kittinger, an 84-year-old retired Air Force fighter pilot who survived a jump from 31 kilometres above the Earth more than half a century ago, provided the reassuring voice from mission control that guided Baumgartner through his journey to the edge of space.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald and see Florida Trend's Florida Icon Profile of Kittinger.

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single ditgital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

SpaceX's Elon Musk really wants to colonize Mars
SpaceX's Elon Musk really wants to colonize Mars

If it wasn’t already apparent that SpaceX CEO and Telsa co-founder Elon Musk is one of today's more ambitious visionaries, let's remember: he wants to build a city on Mars.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

This week, there could be the largest IPO in global financial history when internet giant Alibaba debuts on the NYSE. Will you bite?

  • Ali-who?
  • I am thinking about it
  • Yes, looking forward to it
  • No, not interested

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe