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In 2012, at the age of 84, he participated in the Red Bull Stratos project as capsule communicator, directing Felix Baumgartner on his record-breaking 39-kilometer (24 mi) freefall from Earth's stratosphere. Early life and military career Born in Tampa, Florida, Kittinger was educated at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, and the University of Florida. After racing speedboats as a teenager, he entered the U.S. Air Force in March 1949. Project Excelsior Kittinger next to the Excelsior gondola Captain Kittinger was next assigned to the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.
Excelsior II : On December 11, 1959, he jumped again from about 74,700 feet (22,800 m). Kittinger's record-breaking skydive from Excelsior III. The Free Fall Research Page: Other Amazing Stories.