Nobody can dispute the words “Born to fly” tatooed on skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s forearm.
But during the two and a half hour ascent it did not all go smoothly for the skydiver. His helmet was not heating properly and his visor steamed up.
Afterwards the problems were put aside as the Austrian paid tribute to his team and took in his achievement.
“Let me tell you 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. The only thing that you want is to come back alive because you don’t want to die in front of your parents, your girlfriend and all of the people watching this,” Felix Baumgartner told a news conference in Roswell, New Mexico, before adding that this might be his last major challenge.
“It’s way more difficult than everything I’ve done so far and I think I’m done,” he said.
The Red Bull Stratos project says the skydive has provided invaluable scientific information for the development of future high-altitude systems.
Baumgartner’s jump came 65 years to the day after the first plane broke the sound barrier.