Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian B.A.S.E. jumper, and his hero, Joe Kittinger, recently spoke to Jay Leno about what it takes to jump from 120,000 feet above the Earth. Not only co-guest Tom Cruise was fascinated.
Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver and B.A.S.E. jumper, was on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno recently alongside one of his heroes - old-school jumper Joe Kittinger, who holds the record for the highest, fastest and longest skydive yet.
This summer, Baumgartner - and the Red Bull Stratos Project - will attempt to break Kittinger's record, jumping from 120,000 feet. The Austrian, who has been developing the project for five years, will break the sound barrier in the process.
Baumgartner spoke to Leno about seeing a psychologist to help calm the claustrophobia he’s felt inside the Red Bull Stratos space suit, and about the jump in general. “Fear has become my friend,” he said.
During the segment, Leno showed some footage from Kittinger’s jump back in the 1960s, which looked pretty gnarly. The guys are more amped up than worried though. “We’re gonna have a lot of fun this summer,” said Kittinger, who is on Baumgartner's team.
Tom Cruise was also a guest on the show. Backstage, Baumgartner had a chance to meet the movie star, who is a licensed pilot and passionate skydiver. "Tom was totally interested in what I'm doing and what's behind it all," he said.