Sep 26, 2012 12:52 PM by Joe Bevans

Austrian daredevil to attempt supersonic skydive

UNDATED (AP) - Felix Baumgartner is getting ready to go supersonic. He hopes to be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. Project managers announced yesterday he'll make the record attempt October 8th, from an altitude of 23 miles above New Mexico. He's already made to two practice jumps, from 13 miles and 18 miles high. A parachute jump from 23 miles up would also set an altitude record. If all goes according to plan, Baumgartner will hit 690 miles per hour, protected only by a jumpsuit. The Austrian daredevil says he feels "like a tiger in a cage waiting to get out."


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