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High Altitude World Record Jumps

World Records

  • 1934 Victor Herman: 24,000 ft.

  • 1941 Art Starnes: 38,800 ft.

  • 1960 Joeseph Kittinger: 102,800 ft.

Country Records

April 7, 1973 : Canadian High Altitude Record Bill Cole exited at 36,916 ft MSL over Baldwin Ontario. FAI recognized.

On 1 November 1962, Eugene ANDREEV jumped from an altitude of 25,458 m over the Soviet city of Volsk. Opening his parachute at 958 m. he covered a record distance of 24,500 m in free-fall. Forty years later, this World Record still remains unbroken.

Eugene ANDREEV was born on 4 September 1926. A Master of Sports in the former USSR, and holder of FAI Sporting Licence #3812, he boarded the Volga balloon on that first day of November 1962 wearing a T-1-3 parachute on his back. Barograph #506 was attached to Andreev's harness to register his performance. The balloon took off from the city of Volsk (N 5202' E 04720') at 07.44 (Moscow time) and climbed to an altitude of 25,458 m. After leaving the nacelle, Eugene Andreev covered a distance of 24,500 m in freefall, before opening his parachute at 958 m. Andreev landed safely near the city of Saratov (N 5148' E 048 12') at 10.21.

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