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Joe Kittinger

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Kittinger in 1999

Joseph William Kittinger II (July 27, 1928 – December 9, 2022) was a Colonel in the United States Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. He was born in Tampa, Florida. He set a world record for the longest skydive from a height more than 31 kilometres (19 mi).[1] He was also the first man to cross the Atlantic Ocean, alone, in a hot air balloon.

He was a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War and was a prisoner of war in a North Vietnamese prison.

Kittinger died at the age of 94 on December 9, 2022, from lung cancer.[2][3]

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  1. Mission to the edge of Space — Red Bull Stratos — Trailer at YouTube
  2. "USPA Mourns Passing of Joe Kittinger". United States Parachute Association. Archived from the original on December 9, 2022. Retrieved 9 December 2022.
  3. "Joseph Kittinger, who set longtime parachute record, dies". AP via Washington Post. December 9, 2022. Archived from the original on December 10, 2022. Retrieved December 10, 2022.