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Subject: Re: High Speed Ejection
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email@example.com(Albert H Dobyns) wrote:
> greg smith < n8ppz@EriNet.com
>Question. I am sure Mary will answer this (grin) Was wondering what the
> >highest speed recorded survible ejection has been? Has anyone ejected
>from an SR-71 at cruising altitude and speed and live to tell about it?
> I know some idiot jumped outta a high altitude balloon once I may be
>wrong but it seems like 80,000 jumps out at me. But they guy had a
> "COLD" suit on and had a 40min oxygen supply.
Perhaps the "idiot" you referred to in your post is legendary balloonist Joseph W. Kittinger. In
1960, Kittinger, who later would be the first to solo the Atlantic in a helium balloon (1984), left his research
balloon at an altitude of over 102,000 feet. His free-fall of 84,700 feet is listed in Guinness as the longest free-
fall on record. The program was called Project Excelsior and it was an early step into the unknown "space
age". Last I heard, Kittinger was head of the "Rosie O'Grady" balloon team in Orlando, FL.
Concerning George Smith: He was indeed the first pilot to make a bail-out beyound the speed of sound and
survive. He woke up five days later, and flew again.