Why Joe Kittinger Jumped from Near Space
Why Joe Kittinger Jumped from Near Space

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US : Queue Stan Lee voice: EXCELSIOR

ironduke0775 : He wanted to see if his gigantic balls would pull him down fast enough to reach Mach 1...

jmalmsten : Why jump? Apart from basic rule of cool? Two reasons, to see if it could be done, and to see what happens. Basically they jumped FOR SCIENCE!!!

Visible Confusion : why do your videos even have a dislike button? it needs to be removed

Helium Road : I nominate Amy for first US Space Force commander! The uniforms will be sharp and the space vehicles awesome 60s style.

J G : Who dislikes this? There’s already 2 dislikes...probably from flat earthers 😠

DenseAlloy : 00:10 because he was a fearless stud! Kittinger and John Stapp, two cold war heros who should be household names.

Rory Thomson : Another little fact: There was some debate back then as to whether a person can feel any acceleration at those altitudes without anything to 'push against'. Kittinger confirmed you can't.

Richard Ikin : Six people disliked this. SIX! The video a) has Amy in it, b) will teach you something, and c) has Amy in it. Just what is there to dislike?

mattcolver1 : I watched Joe Kittinger take off in his helium balloon Rosie O'Grady from a field in southern California back in the 80s.

cn 250 : Good one, keep it up.

Jeff Vader : Amy wrote a book? *clicks add to cart*

mavos1211 : Great video Amy, it’s probably just me but it feels like ages since I have seen you. Hope you and Pete are ok.

Sam Salhi : Very nice! His record held for decades until Felix jump Awesome summary

Jeff pyrotek : Joe Kittinger was also one of the technical advisors for when Felix Baumgartner (or whatever his name is) jumped from slightly higher, only a few years ago. Felix pulled his chute early tho, leaving Kittinger with the record for the longest freefall in history.

Patrick Horgan : The little chute didn't depend on air to open it, it had spring arms that popped it open and held it.

Wylde Bill : She’s been getting some sun

Awesomus Maximus : One thing to note as he was ascending his glove developed a leak causing his blood to pool in his hand as the atmosphere thinned but kept it to himself as he feared his team would have aborted the mission .

Duke of Norfolk : Thank you Miss Amy, interesting stuff, as always! You are awesome!🌹

Cthippo1 : Can you do a video on Wiley Post's pressure suit development flights?

kab kab : Very interesting, and Amy has never looked better. Good looks, Intelligence, and a GREAT personality. AMY HAS IT ALL!!

Mark Rossmore : A personal story.... Back about 1999/2000, my dad I went to the Sun 'n' Fun fly-in in Florida. While there, we took a biplane ride. My dad and I crammed into the forward cockpit of this vintage plane, along with another dad and his son. It was a great hop around the pattern, flown by this ruddy-faced, elderly pilot in goggles and leather cap, straight out of a 30's barnstorming show. Afterwards, as we walked away, the other dad who'd flown with us asked, "Did you know who that pilot was?" We didn't. "That was Joe Kittinger, the first man to break the sound barrier without an airplane!" We were floored at our brief, but highly enjoyable connection with an aviation legend. He's 90 now, so he was still flying into his 70's.

gary schraa : Vintage . . . . .  I stopped at 00:00:22 momentarily to say ________ you are silly . ltm .  ( on a sad note , my 9 yr old  cat Leo Tolstoy Getz Schraa disappeared without a trace in my very small , very tight knit neighborhood . Nobody is saying a word)  I'm 55 and I cried . If someone had said gary you wont see Leo after tonight I would have held on to him so tight and told him how much I loved him .

MY LIFE IS A MEME MY LIFE IS PATHETIC : A bundle of organic molecules telling me so much knowledge thank you😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

00Billy : hehe.... 28ft round... so a C-9..lol. Did my first jump under one of those. Landing wasn't too soft. Kittinger is a god to skydivers. The same physics occur at lower speeds in tandems when an asymmetric air flow/ body position happens. That why very tandem video you see a drogue chute deployed asap. Joe probably went supersonic.

Steve Skouson : So, I'm sitting, watching your video. (Another great one, I have to say!) And, I see that tattoo on the inside of your arm. Francis Rogallo would be proud. steve

Marc Dezaire : For the OTHER 95% of the world population : 3:46 the target altitude of 102,800 feet is about 31.3 km.

Jasper Welsch : Joe K was an amazing man. He also got to bail out for real and spent time in the Hanoi Hilton as well as being the "red headed captain" in some of the UFO/space alien myths.

Bob Loblaw : I saw a really good documentary on this back when the Discovery Channel was still worth watching.

Larry Allan : Thanks Amy! As a skydiver, it’s fascinating to hear about the history on NASA’s thinking of how to accomplish that jump. Personally, my highest jump was just 21,500 ft, but still high enough to clearly see the curvature of the earth!

Richard Purves : It was the fact his pressure suit had a crack in one of the gloves, and he still went up. I believe he suffered hypoxia on the way down and hallucinated “falling through hell”. Either way, heck of an achievement

Jon Higgins : Great informative video Amy! You may find John Jewell's book "Engineering For Life (the story of Martin Baker)" an interesting reference on the history of ejection seats. Keep up the good work!

Caonabo Javier : Dear Amy: I suggest you do a video about the SKYLAB World tour, that visited many museums around the world. During that tour, NASA distributed slices of a moon rock brought to earth by Gene Cernan in Apollo 17. It would make a great video. In the Skylab exhibits I remember they brought an actual space suit, Mockup of the Skylab, and a great deal of pictures,panflets and information. It was the firs time we drank TANG in my country (Dominican Republic). Also there was commander Brito, who was a Dominican Air force coronel that received all the full training to be a NASA astronaut (and almost made it to space in an international exchange program for US allied nations). This happened in the 1970's. Best regards.

Brian Coley : Amy, did you ever do a feature on the Apollo Soyuz Test Project?

Crazy Brit Nasa Fan : How about a vid all about Pete Conrad. Or better still two with one about the Astronaut of the same name as well. YAY PETE THE ASTROCAT!!!

leftcoaster67 : The book the Pre-Astronauts, was an amazing book on pilots and engineers and doctors working in the Stratosphere.

Matt Bradshaw : I think video on the U2 spy plane or the SR71 would be phenomenal with your take on all the vintage tech involved and what ended up in the space program and back to the air force. Awesome content, keep it up :D

Robert Bobby : I absolutely LOVE your videos and all the content you provide in them! It is obvious that you do alot of research, and that you are incredibly passionate about your work. I follow a few "Space Channels", but your channel never disappoints me, or whom ever is watching with me. Keep up the great work! P.S. The Purple Hair goes great with the short cut. You should consider bringing it back! 🤗

Paradox : That *Project Excelsior (by Adam Young) poster* in the background... I see you! 😉👍

dieselrotor : Back then the convo probably went "You wanna do this" ? Sure.

UncleAbdul : Have you ever considered doing a segment on Dr. Stapp's rocket sled experiments of the 1950's?

starsiegeplayer : Cool video! I guess I never thought of the spinning problem before. Makes sense in hindsight.

Michael Kovach : Nice to hear from you again Amy! Another great video. Brought back some memories.

nooranik21 : Amy, just read "Breaking the Chains of Gravity." I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I've recommended it to all of my friends.

Richard Mattingly : The first supersonic ejection test with a live subject was from a B-36 Hustler test bed and it was a female who rode its Nautilus Shell like pod into history. Yogi was a 2 year old Black Bear and her companions also who included Chimpanzees also ejected at twice the speed of sound and even did a ground test on the seat. Indeed the animals were sedated and then survived every test done but injuries due to G Forces/Landings happened but their fates were far sadder than NASA's Hamm. Yogi didn't go onto a zoo to live out her life as a supersonic celebrity but she and her companions were killed and dissected after the tests to find out if internal organ damage had resulted. The Hustler ejection tests were about perfecting the escape pod and the G Forces a living body would encounter if such an exit was necessary going Mach 1+. But the data she and the others gathered showed survival was possible and Yogi is possibly the the most unique female hero from the age of the Space Race....

Michael Thompson : I love this channel so much. Thank you yet again!

Space and Stuff : Great video as always. Amazing to think how brave those test pilots would have to be. Jet technology was relatively new and these pilots were at the very limit of it in terms of speed and altitude. Then to be like "Yea, Joe, would you mind jumping out...."

RocKiteman _ 2001 : I have always wondered if Kittinger said {or at least thought of saying} "GEROIMO!" at the beginning of any of his jumps. Really.

Christofer Riche : thx for explaining this! Very 😎 science!