As you undoubtedly already know by now, on Sunday, October 14, 2012, Austrian daredevil and skydiver, Felix Baumgartner made aerospace history by breaking the sound barrier without an airplane and setting high-altitude ballooning and human freefall airspeed records. As fate would have it, his record-breaking attempt would take place on the same day as USAF test pilot Chuck Yeager’s momentous flight in the Bell X-1 rocket plane, over 65 years ago. Clearly, Oct. 14th is a day for making history!
The parallels of Baumgartner to the Air Adventurer, the 1970s-era Adventure Team, and everyone’s favorite flying friend, Bulletman are obvious and unmistakable. His “need for speed” and “can-do,” risk-taking attitude exemplifies the best of everything we admire and imagine about our 12″ heroes. If you missed any of the big show, here are some YouTube screenshots taken during the broadcast of that momentous event. Enjoy!
Take a look at the photo above. Doesn’t Baumgartner look like a GIjOE action figure standing there? I wonder who will be the first talented customizer out there to create a 1:6 scale version of this scene? Or to build a custom recreation of his amazing capsule?
Of course, the Defenders of Bulletman will say this is nothing new to them. After all, many rifle bullets travel at 1,924 miles per hour. But still, you gotta give this Baumgartner guy his props. He’s got GUTS!
We certainly do live in amazing times. Just when you think you’ve seen everything, something WILD and exciting like this comes along. We want to wish Mr. Baumgartner all the best in his future endeavours and “derring-do” exploits.
Go, Felix! GO, JOE! Okay, let’s see those customs. Time to get busy, Joeheads!