Felix Baumgartner constantly challenges his limits while pushing the physical boundaries of human flight. In 2003, Felix completed an unprecedented winged freefall across the English Channel, and he has had his eye on the supersonic grail ever since. With a team of the world's top scientists, engineers, and doctors behind him, he's ready to rewrite history and advance aeronautical research with Red Bull Stratos.
Born in Salzburg in 1969, Felix began skydiving at age 16 and polished his skills as part of the Austrian military's demonstration and competition team. In 1988, he began performing skydiving exhibitions for Red Bull. The company's out-of-the-box thinking and Felix's adventurous spirit clicked, and they've collaborated ever since.
By the 1990s, Felix felt that he'd gone as far as he could with traditional skydiving, so he extended his canopy skills with BASE jumping – parachuting from a fixed object or landform. He finds that the lightning-fast reflexes and precise techniques required by such low-altitude feats also enhance his high-altitude skydiving technique.
Besides completing his astonishing winged freefall across the English Channel, Felix has made world-record BASE jumps and has been nominated for a World Sports Award and two categories in the NEA Extreme Sports Awards. He is also a prominent advocate for the nonprofit Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation. And his determination to reach the edge of space and break the speed of sound is unshakable. "We can share data that hasn't been available over the last 50 years, or ever," Felix states. "That makes me kind of proud."Felix’s accomplishments to date:
- 1997 – World champion title for BASE jumping in West Virginia, United States
- 1999 – World record BASE jump from the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1,479 feet)
- 1999 – World record lowest BASE jump from Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (95 feet)
- 2001 – Nominated for a World Sports Award in London, England (category: Extreme Sports)
- 2003 – Channel Crossing, Dover, England to Calais, France; first winged freefall crossing of the English Channel
- 2004 – BASE jump into Marmet Cave in Velebit National Parc, Croatia (623 feet deep)
- 2004 – World record BASE jump from the highest bridge in the world, Millau Bridge, France (1,125 feet)
- 2007 – BASE jump from world’s tallest building, Taipei 101 Tower, Taipei, Taiwan (1,669 feet)