London, July 31 (Reuters): An Austrian stuntman today became the first person to skydive across the English Channel, free falling at 200 kmph in the process.
Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a plane at 9,000 metres above Dover, England, wearing a specially constructed carbon wing and flew towards France before parachuting into hills above the port of Calais.
“I made it which is great,” he told reporters on landing.
“It’s pretty cold up there. I still can feel nothing,” said the self-styled “God of the Skies”, who started parachuting as a teenager.
Setting off early in the morning to avoid commercial flights, Baumgartner used oxygen supplies during the 35 km flight to survive the rarefied air.