Austrian skydiver 'just wanted to come back alive' after death-defying free-fall

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 06:00 hrs

A 43-year-old Austrian, who has become the first man to break the sound barrier, revealed that the only thing he wished for was to 'come back alive' during his record-shattering freefall jump from the edge of space.

"When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data," Felix Baumgartner said after the jump.

"The only thing you want is to come back alive," he added.

According to the Herald Sun, Baumgartner also spoke of some of the problems he encountered during the record-breaking jump, including fogging on his helmet visor, which coud have aborted the mission and a flat spin as he fell.

Baumgartner rose in a purpose-built capsule beneath a giant helium balloon to a height of more than 128,000ft, nearly four times the height of a cruising passenger airliner.

The former military parachutist then jumped from the capsule and plummeted toward earth, reaching a speed of 833mph, or Mach 1.24, faster than the speed of sound.

His remarkable feat came exactly 65 years to the day after Chuck Yeager became the first man to break the sound barrier in an aeroplane.

According to the report, Baumgartner also smashed the records for the highest manned balloon flight and the highest skydive. (ANI)

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