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Flying (Navy) SEAL Soars a World Record 18 Miles in a Wingsuit


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Wow, that's quite a jump!

We’re not talking about a regular wingsuit flight here, the kind where a plane takes up to 13,000 feet and you spend one to two minutes in free fall before drifting gently to the Earth. To break the absolute distance record of 17.8 miles, Stumpf had to climb almost three times higher than typical jumping altitude—up to where 747s fly—and tear through the air for seven minutes in a rigid isometric hold while enduring a 150 degree temperature swing. (The troposphere is really cold, guys.) Somehow, Stumpf finds it reasonable to downplay the new record of 18.26 miles he set this summer. 

“The jumps are unique in the fact that they are singularly useless and have no meaning,” says the Navy veteran, who dove out of a plane from 36,000 feet to fundraise for the Navy SEAL Foundation, which provides support services to members of the Naval Special Warfare community.

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