FELIX BAUMGARTNER is the first to break the sound barrier just by ... falling. Last October a balloon lifted him to the stratosphere. He jumped, parachuting a record 22.6 miles and hitting 843.6 mph. At 44, he now plans to pilot rescue helicopters.
Supersonic Felix Baumgartner has become the first man to break the speed of sound barrier in freefall. Preliminary data has shown that he reached a top velocity 833.9 miles per hour, or Mach 1.24 - the sound barrier is around 690 miles per hour. He is also set a new record for the highest ever jump, exiting the capsule at 128,000 ft, as well as the highest ever manned balloon flight.
Our next choice is of a man named Felix Baumgartner who jumped out of the stratosphere. We chose this because it symbolises the amazing things that we can achieve today with the technology available with the funding of a single multi-national corporation. It shows that almost all dreams on and off this planet can be completed with determination.