On December 11th, Felix Baumgartner jumped off the top of the Taipei 101 tower (the tallest building in the world right now). The catch: He did it without permission. 😉
BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner leaped from the highest building in the world, the Taipei 101 Tower in Taiwan on December 11. The jump itself wasn’t the only thing that was risky.
Five seconds was all it took for Felix Baumgartner’s freefall at his most recent BASE jump in Taipei. Five seconds, which took months of preparation. The 38-year-old Austrian checked out the tower, which is 509 meters tall, on numerous visits and in various costumes, made note of the positioning of the surveillance cameras, the security systems, and memorized the inaccessible areas.
On the day before the jump Baumgartner deposited his parachute in a toilet with the help of a local Taiwanese. On Tuesday afternoon it was then time to go ahead with the secret mission in James Bond style. On the look-out platform helpers distracted the tourists and security team, thus giving Baumgartner the opportunity to climb the three meter security wall. From there it was a four then 509 meter drop. After the historical jump he landed on a multi-level car park
From the jump to take-off
“I failed three times, but now I’ve finally realized this dream,” Baumgartner rejoiced after the first BASE jump from the tallest building in the world — the most recent highlight of his aerial career resume. Meeting up with the police and security who were hectically on his heals after the jump — probably to congratulate him — Baumgartner preferred to avoid: as early as two hours after the mission he was sitting in the plane, flying away from the country.
Apparently my buddy Jessica works on the 53rd floor of Taipei 101 and saw Felix Baumgartner in midair as he was parachuting down. Right after he landed, he rushed in a taxi to the airport and flew out of the country.
If this isn’t the epitome of living life to the fullest, then I don’t know what is…