The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) presents its annual list detailing the Most Memorable Aviation Records of the previous year.
As the official record keeper for United States aviation, NAA tracks dozens of world and national record attempts. New U.S. records are certified and those qualifying as world records are then ratified with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). At the end of each year, under the direction of the Contest and Records Department, records certified for that year are reviewed and a list of the “most memorable” is created.
The list of 2012 Most Memorable Aviation Records includes Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos Team in the parachuting category:
Vertical Distance of Freefall: 119,431 feet
record for parachuting (performance record, general category)
After ascending in a balloon for more than 2-1/2 hours, Felix Baumgartner leapt from the Red Bull capsule at 127,852 feet above Roswell, New Mexico. Over the next 4 minutes, 20 seconds, he reached a top speed of 843 mph and fell 119,431 feet before deploying his parachute. His jump on October 14 beat the previous record of 80,380 feet set in 1962.
Click here to see the full list of Most Memorable Aviation Records for 2012 on the NAA website
Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos Team have been nominated for the2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy
Click here to see the full list of nominees for the Collier Trophy on the NAA website.
Source: National Aeronautic Association (NAA)