expresidentmasks: I understand doing this today, but back then that must have taken a superhuman amount of balls.
HDMaxwell: My grandfather was part of the ground crew for this, he was part of the team that took pictures/videos of this event as well as the stargazer project which I believe was before this? Anyhoo one thing my Gramps loved to tell me about Joe was how, during his freefall (or a test jump prior), he ended up vomiting in his helmet as he went into spin for a brief amount of time. I could only imagine the smell inside that suit of his.
I met Kittinger as a child back in 03 at the wright brothers centennial celebration. He was a good friend of my grandfathers and I only wish I could of gotten to know him better, but sadly at the age of 12 all I wanted to do was play my Game boy SP.
mskyfire: he had very little jump experience when attempting this, amazing. source: i have more jumps than him