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August 16, 1960

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1960 the free-fall world record was set by Joseph Kittinger. He fell more than 16 miles (about 88,000 feet) and reached a speed of 614 mph before opening his parachute over New Mexico. He plummeted through the air for 4 minutes and 36 seconds before his parachute was deployed. … Continue reading

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