Video: 24 Mile Freefall

This guy’s the Evel Knievel of the new millennium:

Felix Baumgartner, a 43-year-old former military parachutist, floated for two hours in a purpose-built capsule towed by an enormous helium balloon before leaping into the record books from 128,000ft – almost four times the height of a cruising passenger airline.

He broke the current freefall record of 19.5 miles held by Joe Kittinger. Mr Kittinger, who set his record in 1960, is the only person allowed to communicate with Mr Baumgartner while he is inside the capsule which will carry him into space.

He broke the sound barrier on the way down.

Here’s the best impression of the Obama economy I’ve ever seen: