Women made a Place for themselves in the Skies! – Part 2

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The Contessa Grace di Campello Della Spina gives us whole different view of this process. In 1907 she wrote an article that began with the words “Sport of the Gods!” Queen Margherita of Italy had founded the Roman Aero Club in 1904. The Contessa was an ardent member, and her sport of the Gods was ballooning. First she flew on …

Record Breaking Balloon Flights in Parachuting History – Part 2

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During his first Excelsior jump on Nov. 15, 1959, Captain Kittinger nearly donated his body to science before actually finishing with it. Jumping from 76,000 feet, his stabilizing chute, used to prevent the deadly flat spin, deployed too soon, and its shrouds became entangled around his neck. Unconscious, Kittinger spiraled downward, uncontrollably cartwheeling at 120 rpms. Fortunately, his main chute …

A Leap of Faith – Record Breaking Balloon Flights!

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In 1947, Chuck Yeager strapped himself into basically a rocket with wings and screeched over the Mojave Desert at supersonic speeds, becoming the first man to break the sound barrier. In the same pioneering spirit a decade later, another Air Force test pilot, Joe W. Kittinger Jr., catapulted himself into the heavens high above Minnesota’s Twin Cities and then just …