Supersonic skydiver begins prep for historic jump

7:43 AM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
Felix Baumgartner celebrates after supersonic skydive. (Photo Courtesy: Getty Images)
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ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A weather hold that threatened to cancel extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner's death-defying, 23-mile free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert has been lifted.

The planned 7 a.m. launch Tuesday was delayed by high winds. But just before 9 a.m., the winds calmed and the team decided to proceed with plans to begin the launch, a process that would take about two hours.

The 43-year-old former military parachutist from Austria plans to take off in a 55-story, ultra-thin and easy-to-tear helium balloon that will take him into the stratosphere for a jump. He hopes it will make him the first skydiver to break the sound barrier and shatter three other world records.

The Associated Press

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