Project Excelsior III

The highest recorded skydive to date was made on my birthday (August 16th) in 1960 by Colonel (then Captain) Joseph Kittinger of the United States Air Force. He reached 102,800 feet above the earth before stepping out of his gondola, freefalling at a speed of 614 mph before a parachute landing in the New Mexico Desert. Read more about Project Excelsior III.

Below is video footage used by Boards of Canada for their 2006 video "Dayvan Cowboy", which made number 39 on's just released Top 50 video's of the decade.