With a passion for exceeding borders, especially in the air, Red Bull Stratos pilot Felix Baumgartner is an expert parachutist, previously best known for completing an unprecedented freefall flight across the English Channel using a carbon wing.
Born on April 20, 1969, Felix grew up in Salzburg, Austria, where as a young boy he was inspired to skydive and fly helicopters by astronauts he watched on TV. Dedicated to progression, Felix set a record for history‘s lowest BASE-Jump (from Rio de Janeiro‘s Christ the Redeemer statue) and twice set world records for the highest BASE-Jump from a building. As licensed gas balloon pilot, he has earned private helicopter licenses in Austria and the United States as well as his commercial European license. Felix was honoured on Vienna’s “Street of Champions”, and with his achievements have come honors including the BAMBI “Millennium” Award, Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year, and National Gerographic Adventurer of the Year.