Wings This Week is a weekly focus on Red Bull athletes that live on the edge and push the boundaries of what is possible.
D.O.B. April 20, 1969
Discipline: B.A.S.E. Jumping
Felix Baumgartner is known to constantly challenge his limits all the while pushing the boundaries of what is possible. In 2003, he completed an unprecedented winged freefall across the English Channel. With his eyes on going supersonic, Felix along with a team of the world’s top scientists, engineers and doctors behind him, is ready to rewrite history with Red Bull Stratos that will see him freefall from over 36kms or 120,000ft!
Felix was born in Salzburg and began sky diving at the age of 16 and polished his skills as part of the Austrian military’s demonstration and competition team. In 1988, he began performing skydiving exhibitions for Red Bull.
Felix’s accomplishments to date:
- 1997 – World champion title for BASE jumping in West Virginia, United States
- 1999 – World record BASE jump from the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1,479 feet)
- 1999 – World record lowest BASE jump from Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (95 feet)
- 2001 – Nominated for a World Sports Award in London, England (category: Extreme Sports)
- 2003 – Channel Crossing, Dover, England to Calais, France; first winged freefall crossing of the English Channel
- 2004 – BASE jump into Marmet Cave in Velebit National Parc, Croatia (623 feet deep)
- 2004 – World record BASE jump from the highest bridge in the world, Millau Bridge, France (1,125 feet)
- 2007 – BASE jump from world’s tallest building, Taipei 101 Tower, Taipei, Taiwan (1,669 feet)
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