Thursday, 31 July 2014

ON THIS DAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY - 31ST JULY 2014

On this day in 2003, 34 year old Austrian, Felix Baumgartner became the first man to pass over the English Channel by unpowered flight. He leapt from a plane at about 9,800m above Dover, England and glided 22 miles across the Channel in only a 10 minute flight wearing a special suit with carbon-fibre wings across his back. The flight began at about 220mph, descending to around 135mph towards the end of his flight, when he landed by parachute at Cap Blanc-Nex, near Calais, in France. He was equipped with all necessary equipment, oxygen, cameras and high tech data monitors which enabled his journey to be tracked. His wing span of 1.8m was about 10cm longer than another he used only a few weeks earlier to win a race against an aeroplane in the U.S. 

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