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(ABC News) Hero Certified mega-badass Joe Kittinger has fallen at 94   (abcnews.go.com) divider line
    More: Hero, Joseph Kittinger, Vietnam War, Felix Baumgartner, Parachute, Project Excelsior, Vietnam, parachute jump, pressure suit  
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3197 clicks; posted to Main » on 10 Dec 2022 at 3:05 AM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-12-09 9:38:22 PM  
No shiat, subby, bad-ass is right!

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2022-12-09 10:04:53 PM  
The gondola is on display at the Air Force Museum in Dayton. It's a place worth putting up with Ohio to see.
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2022-12-09 10:10:19 PM  
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2022-12-09 10:12:53 PM  
my bad, that wasn Manhigh. I always forget they were separate , so it's a good thing people write things down.

Excelsior was the high alt jumps, and that capsule looked like this

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I'm not going 10 feet in the air in that.
 
2022-12-10 2:19:44 AM  
No way in hell I would do that?  Damn good for him though.
 
2022-12-10 3:16:10 AM  

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Kitty!
 
2022-12-10 3:17:40 AM  
Hello Kittingcat St Peter
 
2022-12-10 3:17:47 AM  
Wow.  Rest in peace, Colonel Mega-Badass.
 
2022-12-10 3:18:35 AM  

cretinbob: The gondola is on display at the Air Force Museum in Dayton. It's a place worth putting up with Ohio to see.
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PAIGE NO
 
2022-12-10 3:28:36 AM  
Rest in Peace.  A true explorer and made of the right stuff.
 
2022-12-10 3:37:21 AM  
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RIP Sir.
 
2022-12-10 4:57:15 AM  
Did he just now hit the ground?
 
2022-12-10 5:49:20 AM  
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2022-12-10 5:53:28 AM  
After three jumps from 74,700-102,800 feet he later went on to do three tours in Vietnam, flying nearly 500 combat missions. He was shot down and spent a year as a POW.
 
2022-12-10 6:20:59 AM  
BSBD BADA$$
 
2022-12-10 7:25:10 AM  
He lost consciousness as he went into a spin that was 22 times the force of gravity. He was saved when his automatic chute opened.
Four weeks later, Kittinger made his second jump...


No. Just no.
 
2022-12-10 7:36:04 AM  
So he's only got a 6 foot jump left?

/s
//RIP jumping man
/// Three
 
2022-12-10 7:50:34 AM  

Mock26: After three jumps from 74,700-102,800 feet he later went on to do three tours in Vietnam, flying nearly 500 combat missions. He was shot down and spent a year as a POW.


...I remember going to the Air Force Museum just after he was shot down, but before they had confirmed he was a POW.  There was a picture of him on display next to the capsule with his name and the legend MIA, and even as young as I was I understood that something very, very bad had happened.
 
2022-12-10 7:53:39 AM  
Upon hearing the news, gravity grumbled and walked away.
 
2022-12-10 9:13:44 AM  
See? I knew it! I told you: you'll die if you jump out of an airplane.

Okay, so you'll also die if you don't. Technicalities.
 
2022-12-10 9:29:20 AM  
My brain cannot comprehend the thought of traveling at over 600mph without having a hard structure surrounding me.
 
2022-12-10 10:22:15 AM  
Soar with the eagles, Colonel Kittinger, and rest well, sir.
 
2022-12-10 11:25:24 AM  
The badass few people have heard about:  Nick Piantanida.  His gondola reached 120,000', but he didn't make the jump that day for technical reasons.

Done mostly without government support, just friends and sponsors.
 
2022-12-10 2:50:01 PM  
Every year until about 8 years ago when they went off the air, a local talk-show, The Love Doctors would have him on once a year. The host, Dr. Rich, was fascinated by what Joe did.

I remember being about 17yo and hearing him come on the first time to tell the story. I was riveted.

/Godspeed, Jump Man
 
2022-12-10 4:17:15 PM  
CSB: My dad was the lead engineer on the ground crew for these jumps (GE gave him the suits...they needed some fool who was willing to test them)
/CSB
 
2022-12-10 4:19:11 PM  

Sasquach: CSB: My dad was the lead engineer on the ground crew for these jumps (GE gave him the suits...they needed some fool who was willing to test them)
/CSB


I also have a box of large photographs and engineering test plans from these jumps....can't find a museum to take them (about half are marked as declassified)
 
2022-12-10 4:54:07 PM  

Sasquach: Sasquach: CSB: My dad was the lead engineer on the ground crew for these jumps (GE gave him the suits...they needed some fool who was willing to test them)
/CSB

I also have a box of large photographs and engineering test plans from these jumps....can't find a museum to take them (about half are marked as declassified)


....NMUSAF or NASM doesn't want them?
 
2022-12-10 5:08:50 PM  

Sasquach: Sasquach: CSB: My dad was the lead engineer on the ground crew for these jumps (GE gave him the suits...they needed some fool who was willing to test them)
/CSB

I also have a box of large photographs and engineering test plans from these jumps....can't find a museum to take them (about half are marked as declassified)


Are the other half marked classified?
 
2022-12-10 5:32:56 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: Sasquach: Sasquach: CSB: My dad was the lead engineer on the ground crew for these jumps (GE gave him the suits...they needed some fool who was willing to test them)
/CSB

I also have a box of large photographs and engineering test plans from these jumps....can't find a museum to take them (about half are marked as declassified)

....NMUSAF or NASM doesn't want them?


Never gotten a response to inquiries....even the Smithsonian "submit things of historical importance for our research library" never responded.

I'm mostly invisible in this life...
 
2022-12-10 5:34:20 PM  

BizarreMan: Sasquach: Sasquach: CSB: My dad was the lead engineer on the ground crew for these jumps (GE gave him the suits...they needed some fool who was willing to test them)
/CSB

I also have a box of large photographs and engineering test plans from these jumps....can't find a museum to take them (about half are marked as declassified)

Are the other half marked classified?


Oddly, none of them were marked classified....just a red stamp on some saying that it has been declassified.
 
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